On Friday, news broke that Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul was attacked at the couple’s home in San Francisco.
According to initial reports, David DePape—who the San Francisco Chronicle identified as a “hemp jewelry maker” in 2013—broke into the Pelosi home and beat the Speaker’s husband with a hammer.
Before we dive into the story, I’d like to make one point abundantly clear: violence is never acceptable.
With that being said, Friday’s news and the subsequent influx of bizarre details have left the public with more questions than answers.
One of the more confusing elements of this story is why Paul Pelosi referred to DePape as a “friend” during his phone call to the police.
Another aspect of this story that requires some clarification, Politico reported that officers, “arrived at the house, knocked on the front door and were let inside by an unknown person.”
Will journalists look into this “unknown person”? Don’t hold your breath.
Hopefully the timeline and some of the stranger elements of this crime will be made clearer in the upcoming days.
But here is what we do know: prominent conservatives immediately condemned the attack while prominent Democrats wasted no time exploiting it.
Senator Rand Paul tweeted, “No one deserves to be assaulted. Unlike Nancy Pelosi’s daughter who celebrated my assault, I condemn this attack and wish Mr. Pelosi a speedy recovery.”
In 2017, Paul’s unhinged neighbor broke six of his ribs. Eventually, due to the brutal assault, the Senator had to have a damaged lung removed.
Needless to say, Rand Paul did not get the same treatment as Nancy’s husband.
In March of 2020, Nancy Pelosi’s daughter Christine tweeted, “Rand Paul’s neighbor was right.”
Kasie Hunt, while on-air at MSNBC, introduced the news of Rand Paul’s attack and his subsequent pneumonia as “one of her favorite stories”, before attempting to walk back her obvious elation.
House Republican Whip Steve Scalise also commented on Paul Pelosi’s assault.
“Disgusted to hear about the horrific assault on Speaker Pelosi’s husband Paul,” he tweeted. “Grateful for law enforcement’s actions to respond. Let’s be clear: Violence has no place in this country. I’m praying for Paul Pelosi’s full recovery.”
Scalise is no stranger to violence. He was shot and almost killed at a congressional baseball practice in 2017.
Wisconsin Senatorial hopeful Mandela Barnes later used Scalise’s tragedy against him. While mocking Scalise’s unwavering support for the Second Amendment, Barnes tweeted, “Taking one for the team. I question how people vote against self interest but this is next level. He literally almost died on this hill.”
As Michelle Obama once said, “When they go low, we go high.”
Despite the outpouring of condemnations from Ben Shapiro, Jack Posobiec, Sen. Ted Cruz and many more notable republicans, the Democrats couldn’t resist trying to lay this attack at the feet of the Republican party.
There have been numerous attempts by journalists to tie DePape to the ultra mega MAGA republicans due to his recent internet postings. On the other hand, DePape’s former partner, who expressed her own admiration for Nancy Pelosi, indicated that in the past DePape aligned with her progressive viewpoints.
But what keyboard warriors and progressive politicians are failing to understand is that the political leanings of a crazed man with a hammer are irrelevant.
As Michael Schellenberger explained in the NY Post, “David DePape is not a microcosm of the political psychosis gripping America in general. Rather, he’s a microcosm of the drug-induced psychosis gripping the West Coast in particular.”
No one thought that Bernie Sanders should be held accountable for the actions of a deranged gunman (who happened to identify as a Bernie bro) at the congressional baseball game in 2017. Insane people do crazy things and trying to pin it on political movements is as pointless as it is dishonest.
Unfortunately, that inconvenient truth doesn’t fit the Democrats’ narrative. Therefore, over the weekend, President Biden—the “Unifier in Chief”— seized the opportunity to pin DePape’s actions on his political opposition.
“What makes us think that one party can talk about stolen elections, COVID being a hoax – it’s all a bunch of lies – and not affect people who might not be so well balanced?” he asked the crowd at Philadelphia’s 3rd Annual Independence Dinner.
If a party that denies elections causes political attacks, does that mean Hillary Clinton is to blame for Rand Paul’s attack? Or is Stacey Abrams to blame for Steve Scalise’s near-death experience? Or is the entire Democrat party to blame for the attempted assassination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh?
Democrats like Joe Biden, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton tried to exploit the attack of Paul Pelosi for political gains. But most Americans can see right through this strategy.
Trying to blame the violent actions of a deranged person on half the country is a political strategy that reeks of desperation. Then again, looking at the poll numbers heading into the midterms, the Left’s desperation makes total sense.
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