THE KENTUCKY STOMPER’S RIDICULOUS EXCUSE…. Following up on yesterday’s reports, Tim Profitt, a former coordinator for extremist Senate candidate Rand Paul’s (R) campaign, fully admits that he was the one who stepped on a defenseless woman’s head Monday night.

But Profitt spoke to the CBS affiliate in Lexington late yesterday, and said “his actions were misunderstood.”

He says at the time, he didn’t know what she was trying to do.

“We thought she was a danger; we didn’t know what she was doing.”

Profitt explained that he used his foot to try and keep her down because he can’t bend over because of back problems.

He added, “All I was trying to do was hold her until police could get her.”

I realize Profitt’s in a rough spot right now. He’s facing an assault charge; the Paul campaign wants nothing to do with him; and much of the country has seen him stomping on a young woman’s head, putting her in the hospital with a concussion. It’s the kind of situation that might lead someone to spin desperately, coming with any kind of rationale, however implausible.

But suggesting he was trying to restrain Lauren Valle with his foot quite literally adds insult to injury. The explanation is so patently absurd on its face, it’s impossible to believe anyone could take it seriously.

Valle had already been wrestled to the ground, and was being restrained by other large men. Profitt would have us believe he thought she might get away, which necessitated briefly but forcefully stepping on her head as she laid defenseless on pavement?

I’m not an attorney, but if I were advising this guy, I might suggest some other kind of explanation when he gets to court. And should this be a civil case someday, here’s guessing a jury wouldn’t buy this, either.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.