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“A lot of people remained silent”

Some Democrats have criticized Republicans in the wake of the assault on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, accusing their colleagues opposite of failing to sufficiently condemn the violent rhetoric targeting lawmakers.

“A lot of people have been quiet during this time, not Liz Cheney, not Adam Kinzinger within their own party,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said in an interview on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.” on Sunday, referring to two GOP lawmakers at the House Jan. 6 committee.

“I think it’s really important for people to realize that it’s not just this moment of this horrific attack, but that we’ve seen the violence perpetrated throughout our political system,” she said. “And there are several things we can do from a security perspective… But it’s also about making sure that we don’t add more election deniers to our political system.”

Paul Pelosi was attacked by an intruder at the couple’s California home on Friday morning. San Francisco police have alleged that David DePape, the 42-year-old suspect who faces attempted murder charges, broke into the home occupied at the time solely by Paul Pelosi and confronted him , ending with an arm wrestle over a hammer. Two sources told NBC News the intruder was looking for Nancy Pelosi, who was in Washington, D.C.

Although the motive for the attack is still under investigation, several Democrats were quick to condemn Republicans after the assault, saying they hadn’t done enough to address the violence and threats. against lawmakers.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-California, Saturday tweeted that a line must be drawn that connects “violent political rhetoric and violent acts”.

“The Pelosi abuser Facebook page is identical to the Facebook pages of Trump, Taylor Greene and Boebert,” Swalwell wrote. “All three glorified violence and Depape acted accordingly.”

Hours after the attack, several prominent Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, RK.y., condemned the assault on Pelosi’s husband and wished him a speedy recovery.

But some Democrats expressed alarm at the mounting violent rhetoric leading up to the attack and accused Republicans of failing to take action to combat it.

“A far-right white nationalist attempted to assassinate the Speaker of the House and nearly killed her husband a year after violent insurgents attempted to track down and kill her on Capitol Hill,” Rep. Ilhan Omar tweeted. , D-Minn. Saturday. “And the Republican Party’s response is to either ignore it or downplay it.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., slammed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., for his late response to the attack. “Yesterday a man who shared this congressman’s rhetoric attempted to assassinate the President and his wife,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Saturday.

“What did @GOPLeader say? Nothing,” Ocasio-Cortez said, referring to McCarthy. “That’s who he is.”

In a statement shortly after the attack, a spokesperson for McCarthy said he contacted the speaker hours after her husband’s assault. McCarthy later told Breitbart radio on Saturday that he condemned the violence and called the attack “wrong”.

Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., took aim at Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., after the GOP lawmaker condemned the attack.

“YOU called for the execution of Nancy Pelosi, @RepMTG”, McGovern tweeted. “YOU said she should be hanged for treason.”

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, pushed back against Democrats, saying it was “unfair” to link GOP rhetoric to the attack because the aggressor was a “disturbed individual”.

“You can’t say that people who say ‘let’s fire Pelosi’ or ‘let’s take over the house’ are saying to go and be violent. It’s just unfair,” McDaniel said.

A memo was distributed Saturday to congressional offices, outlining security resources available to offices and members of Congress, such as residential security assessments and law enforcement coordination. The memo also acknowledged an increase in threats against lawmakers and the attack on Pelosi’s husband.

“Meanwhile, across the country, the USCP’s Threat Assessment Section is working around the clock to stop thousands of potential threats in their tracks,” the memo reads. “Despite this work, it is essential that we all urge you to take advantage of additional USCP resources that may help protect you and your families.”

The attack happened less than two weeks before the midterm elections, which will determine the balance of power in Congress.

Haley Talbot and Allie Raffa contributed.


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