Attack on Paul Pelosi becomes punch line for some Republicans

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Kari Lake, the Republican nominee for governor of Arizona, appeared on Fox News Monday night with a well-known complaint: The media was trying to silence her, she told host Tucker Carlson, this time for joking about the violent attack on Paul Pelosi , the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

“Nancy Pelosi, well, she has protection when she’s in DC — apparently her house doesn’t have much protection,” Lake said earlier that day at a campaign event, sparking laughter from the interviewer and some in the crowd for her reference to an incident in which a hammer-wielding attacker broke into Pelosis’s San Francisco home last week. Paul Pelosi, 82, is still recovering from a skull fracture and other wounds he sustained during the attack.

But on Monday night, Lake complained to Carlson that… she was the one who was attacked, because of criticism she had received for mocking the Pelosis.

“We can’t talk about all these things because the media has told us they are banned,” Lake said. “You know, you can’t talk about vaccines. You can’t talk about elections. You can’t talk about Paul Pelosi – now you can’t talk about Nancy Pelosi. And you can’t talk about the election and you can’t talk about covid and I’m talking about all those things because I still believe we have a little bit of the First Amendment left –”

“That’s right,” Carlson chimed in.

” – but I’m dangerous to people like [Wyoming GOP Rep.] Liz Cheney and the people she hangs out with, and they want to stop people like me,” Lake added.

Most Republican leaders have condemned the attack on Paul Pelosi — although many were also quick to link those accusations to blame on “both sides” for the rise in political violence. But Lake’s joke at her campaign event was just the latest example of some Republicans making a brutal attack on the House Speaker’s octogenarian husband in a punch line.

On the same day that news of the attack broke, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) lights up at a campaign rally in Stafford, Virginia, for GOP congressional candidate Yesli Vega.

“There is no place for violence anywhere, but we are going [Nancy Pelosi] back to be with him in California,” Youngkin told the crowd.

Youngkin was also quickly criticized for a “disgusting, mean and rudejoke and called to apologizethough he didn’t.

San Francisco police said on Oct. 28 that they had arrested David DePape, 42, as a suspect in an assault on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi. (Video: The Washington Post)

While both Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) have strongly condemned the attack on Paul Pelosi, they have kept quiet about their party members who joked about the incident or belittled it.

sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) retweeted a thread by far-right activist Matt Walsh challenging the notion that the alleged attacker was a right-wing militant, despite his blog appearing to be deeply entangled in election warnings and political conspiracy theories.

Cruz quoted the thread dismissing DePape as “a Berkeley hippie nudist” with one word: “truth.”

Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) tweeted Sunday and deleted a post pushing a conspiracy theory mocking the attack. And the night of the attack, Representative Claudia Tenney (RN.Y.) retweeted a photo of several men carrying hammers outside a house with a “United Against Hate” sign and a gay pride flag.

“LOL”, the freshman congressman added.

Republicans spoke on Oct. 30 about the attack by Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). (Video: The Washington Post)

Pelosi, who has vehemently denounced political violence in the past, including the January 6, 2021 U.S. Capitol uprising, has so far not associated politics with the attack on her husband.

In a letter from “Dear Colleagues” to members of Congress late Saturday night, Pelosi confirmed that “a violent man broke into our family home, demanded to confront me and brutally assaulted my husband Paul.”

“Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the life-threatening attack on our doll,” she wrote.

At a campaign event last week, President Biden called on the crowd to stand up “clearly and unequivocally” against political violence, while suggesting that Pelosi’s alleged attacker was influenced by Republicans’ incendiary rhetoric.

“Why do we think one party can talk about stolen elections when covid is a hoax, [that it’s] all a bunch of lies, and it doesn’t affect people who might not be so well balanced?” said Biden then. “Why do we think it won’t change the political climate? Enough is enough is enough.”

Federal authorities on Monday filed charges of attempted kidnapping and assault against David Wayne DePape, 42, the alleged intruder of the home. According to indictment documents, DePape told authorities after his arrest that he planned to “take Nancy hostage” and break her kneecaps to send a message to other Democrats.

The Washington Post confirmed that a blog written under DePape’s name was full of anti-Semitic writings and baseless claims, as well as pro-Trump and anti-democratic posts. Neighbors say it was registered on a house in Richmond, California, where DePape lives.

But that hasn’t stopped DePape’s arrest from becoming the center of more right-wing disinformation and conspiracy theories promoted by allies of former President Donald Trump and even Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter. Trump himself called the attack “a terrible thing” in an interview on Sunday.

Trump’s eldest son has made several social media posts highlighting the incident, including: retweet a photo of a hammer on top of underwear with the message, “I’ve got my Paul Pelosi Halloween costume ready.”

“The internet remains undefeated,” added Donald Trump Jr. up.

Devlin Barrett, Eugene Scott, Holly Bailey and Laurie McGinley contributed to this report.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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