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Pelosi’s assault is the latest in a series of threats and attacks against political figures

Representative Lee Zeldin

Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin, running for governor of New York, was attacked during a campaign stop in upstate in July. A man came onto the stage and attempted to stab the lawmaker, police say. Zeldin was unharmed and the suspect was arrested.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal

In July, a man was arrested outside the home of Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) after he allegedly threatened to kill the lawmaker and told her to return to India. The suspect was charged with harassment.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh

In June, a man was arrested near Brett Kavanaugh’s home after he allegedly made threats against the Supreme Court justice while in possession of a gun and knife. Police said the man was upset after a leaked draft notice suggested the court was set to overturn its decision Roe v. Wade.

Former Vice President Mike Pence

On January 6, 2021, pro-Trump rioters swarming the Capitol began chanting “Hang Mike Pence” as Congress ratified the results of the 2020 presidential election. The chants were a reaction to Pence’s decision to accept electoral votes that indicated Joe Biden had won the presidency. On a day of chaos in the capital, Pence refused to leave the compound and then declared Biden the winner.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky home was vandalized with messages including ‘where is my money’ and ‘Mitch kills the poor’ in 2021 after Congress failed to approve an increase in funds sent to individuals to help deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Similarly, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home was spray-painted with the words “cancel the rent” and “we want it all” in addition to a pig’s head placed outside after that Congress did not approve the measure.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

In 2019, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) shared a series of tweets about death threats sent to her after the Fresno Grizzlies baseball team released a video of her being compared to the leader North Korean Kim Jong Un and Cuban Fidel Castro. . Minor league baseball team has since apologized to stream the video.

Representative Steve Scalise

In 2017, then-House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in the hip during congressional baseball practice. Scalise suffered internal organ injuries that caused severe bleeding after the gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress in Alexandria, Virginia. The shooter also shot and killed two police officers, a congressional aide and a lobbyist. The shooter died in a shootout with police on the ground.

Former Representative Gabby Giffords

In 2011, former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Arizona) was shot and seriously injured and six others were killed during a voter outreach event at a Tucson grocery store. Giffords, who was the intended target of the shooter, was shot in the head at close range. A total of 19 people were affected. The shooter was sentenced to seven life terms.


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