Former President Barack Obama commented on the attack on Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, during a speech Saturday in Michigan, saying elected officials must do “more” to reject the dangerous rhetoric .
Obama made the comments after Paul Pelosi was violently assaulted early Friday morning at the couple’s San Francisco home. San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said David DePape, 42, hit Paul Pelosi at least once with a hammer.
When officers arrived at the Pelosi residence, Scott said Paul Pelosi and DePape were battling for the hammer. Officers demanded the men drop the gavel, according to Scott, and DePape began attacking Paul Pelosi.
Paul Pelosi was sent to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery to repair a fractured skull and other injuries, according to a spokesperson for Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He is expected to make a full recovery.
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Obama reacted to the attack at a campaign event for Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
“But here’s one thing we can feel, we know, if our rhetoric about each other gets so mean. When we not only disagree with people, but start demonizing them, making crazy allegations What if elected officials don’t do more to explicitly reject this kind of talk, tacitly support it, or encourage their supporters to stand up at polling stations armed with guns and dressed in tactical gear, more people can get hurt,” Obama said.
“And we are going to violate the fundamental spirit of this country,” he added.
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Obama was then interrupted by a man in the crowd.
“Sir, that’s what I’m saying,” Obama said, responding to the heckler. “We have a process that we have put in place in our democracy.”
President Biden also commented on the attack during a Friday night speech in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, calling it “despicable.”
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“There’s no place in America. There’s too much violence, political violence, too much hate, too much vitriol,” Biden said. “And what makes us think a party can talk about a stolen election? COVID being a hoax? It’s all just a bunch of lies.”
Fox News’ Timothy Nerozzi contributed to this report.