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Democrats appear to want Republicans to stop campaigning, or stop using House Speaker and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi as a lightning rod.
Republican Party Chair Ronna McDaniel appeared on Fox News on Sunday and addressed what Democrats have been saying as “unfair.”
“I want to start with the attack on Paul Pelosi, it is getting all the headlines this weekend. He is recovering from surgery, expected to do well, have a full recovery. But the The Washington Post wasting no time, writing this, ‘For many Democrats the attack on on Nancy Pelosi’s husband represent the all but enviable conclusion of Republicans increasingly violent and threatening rhetoric toward political opponents.’ There is still a lot we don’t about this case, what do you make much that accusation?” Fox News anchor Shannon Bream said.
“Well, I think that’s unfair. I think this is a deranged individual. You can’t say people saying let’s fire Pelosi or let’s take back the House is saying go do violence. It’s just unfair. And I think we all need to recognize violence is up across the board. Lee Zeldin was attacked. We had an assassination attempt against Brett Kavanaugh. And Democrats didn’t refute — didn’t repudiate that. Joe Biden didn’t talk about the assassination attempt against Brett Kavanaugh,” the chairwoman said.
Ronna McDaniel on Fox News Sunday says it's "unfair" to link GOP rhetoric to the Pelosi attack bc "this is a deranged individual" and "you can't say people saying 'let's fire Pelosi'" incites violence.
"Violence is up across the board," she adds, as though it was a random crime. pic.twitter.com/ZYY3Q11XRp
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 30, 2022
More harrowing information about the attack on Paul Pelosi has been revealed and it is disturbing.
During the 911 call that Paul Pelosi, the husband of Speaker of the House and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, made, he referred to his attacker as a “friend,” The Daily Mail reported.
Pelosi as talking in code to the 911 operator as to not agitate his attacker, David DePape, but the operator knew something was amiss when Pelosi said to his attacker “What’s going on? Why are you here? What are you doing to me?”
The operator is then heard contacting police and saying “’He states there is a male in the home and that he is going to wait for his wife. He stated that he doesn’t know who the male is but that his name is David and that he is a friend. He sounded somewhat confused.”
“It was thanks to Mr Pelosi having the ability to make that call” and the “instincts of that dispatcher to realize something was wrong” that police were able to get to the scene quickly, San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said to CNN. “They got there within two minutes to respond to this situation.”
1/2 Initial dispatch recordings from response to calls from the Pelosi residence from around 0230 this morning. https://t.co/g7OhA9pT2W pic.twitter.com/CyGAMRgsvz
— Ray Alexander (@rma1776) October 29, 2022
Later on Friday, it was revealed how the attacker appears to be a former nudist from British Columbia who has struggled with drugs and posted crazed COVID conspiracy theories, anti-Semitic rants, racist slurs and unhinged screeds on religion online.
Police arrested hemp jewelry maker David DePape, 42, after he broke into the home in his underwear in the middle of the night. He beat Paul Pelosi with a hammer while shouting ‘where’s Nancy’.
Cops say they were at the property in the exclusive Pacific Heights neighborhood when they saw the suspect grapple with Pelosi, take the hammer and then hit him with it, causing severe head, arm and hand injuries.
When they arrested Depape, they found a manifesto that contained anti-government COVID beliefs and a list of other politicians he planned to target, KTVU reported.
Pelosi was taken into surgery to repair a skull fracture after the attack but is expected to make a full recovery, while DePape is in custody and set to be charged with multiple felonies including attempted homicide.
The intruder in the home of House Speaker and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Paul Pelosi was looking for the 82-year-old representative.
The man, who has been arrested after attacking Paul Pelosi with a hammer and hospitalizing him, shouted “Where is Nancy? Where is Nancy?” a source said to CNN.
“The President is praying for Paul Pelosi and for Speaker Pelosi’s whole family. This morning he called Speaker Pelosi to express his support after this horrible attack. He is also very glad that a full recovery is expected. The President continues to condemn all violence, and asks that the family’s desire for privacy be respected,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on behalf of President Joe Biden.