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Rick Scott calls attack on Paul Pelosi ‘disgusting’ but dodges questions about election conspiracies shared by alleged attacker



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Florida Sen. Rick Scott, who chairs the Senate Republicans’ campaign arm, on Sunday called the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, “disgusting,” but dodged questions about election conspiracy theories shared by the alleged abuser on social media. .

“It’s disgusting, this violence is horrible,” Scott said on “State of the Union” in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash. “We had a door knocker in Florida that was attacked. I mean, this stuff has to stop. … And my heart goes out to Paul Pelosi, and I hope he makes a full recovery.

Asked by Bash if Republicans should do more to dismiss the false conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising that were shared on social media by alleged attacker Paul Pelosi, Scott didn’t not directly answered.

“I think what we need to do is, first, we need to condemn the violence, and then we need to do whatever we can to bring people in – make sure people feel comfortable with these elections “said the senator.

“I think what’s important is that everyone does everything in their power to make this election fair,” he repeated when Bash asked him about it again.

An intruder, identified by police as David DePape, 42, confronted Paul Pelosi, 82, with a hammer early Friday morning at his home in San Francisco, shouting, “Where’s Nancy?” Where is Nancy? according to a police source. The attacker tried to tie up Pelosi “until Nancy gets home,” two sources familiar with the matter told CNN.

The alleged attacker had posted memes and conspiracy theories about Covid vaccines, the 2020 election and the January 6 attack on Facebook, and an acquaintance told CNN he seemed “out of touch with reality”.

On Sunday, Bash asked Scott if his successor as Florida governor, Republican Ron DeSantis, should attend an upcoming South Florida rally led by former President Donald Trump. The rally will feature Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who like DeSantis is also running for re-election next month, but not DeSantis, amid reports that Trump’s relationship with the governor has grown distant before a possible presidential confrontation in 2024.

“It’s a choice that everyone makes. I mean, I know President Trump is trying to make sure we get a majority in the Senate,” Scott said.

Scott, who chairs the Republican National Senate Committee, also predicted that the GOP will control “more than 52” Senate seats after the midterm elections.

“Herschel Walker will win Georgia. We will keep our 21s. (Mehmet) Oz will win against Fetterman in Pennsylvania. And Adam Laxalt will win in Nevada,” he said, while expressing optimism about the GOP’s chances in Arizona and New Hampshire and noting that Republicans “have shots” in Washington state, the Colorado and Connecticut.

“This is our year,” Scott said.


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