Of all the people who could end up being used as pawns in a one-sided game of political point-scoring, who would have thought that Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), would be one of those people? Moreover, who could have imagined that Mr. Pelosi would find himself at the center of a far-fetched left-wing conspiracy theory after falling victim to a sickening physical assault that left him hospitalized with a fractured skull and other injuries? Yet, that is what happened because, for certain Democratic Party officials and left-wing media types, there are no depths to which they will not stoop to malign their political foes. The Pelosi attacker is instantly transformed into a right-wing extremist – an embodiment of everything wrong with non-Democrat America.
It has been widely reported that the speaker’s better half was confronted in the early hours of Friday morning, Oct. 28, by a nearly naked man who broke into the Pelosi residence in San Francisco. How the suspect got inside a house that surely has a nifty security system is just one of the many, many questions that remain shrouded in mystery. Nevertheless, the alleged perpetrator, 42-year-old David DePape, ended up beating Paul Pelosi with a hammer before being restrained by police officers.
Pelosi Attacker Sends Dems into Spin Cycle
Within hours, the incident was being portrayed by some as a Jan. 6 sequel. The tens of thousands of former President Donald Trump’s supporters who protested in Washington, DC, back in January of 2021 spent almost two years preparing their revenge, no doubt. The instrument of their retribution would be a homeless drug addict and radical nudist from San Francisco. It was the perfect cover. Not even the FBI would see it coming.
Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) released a statement that said, in part, “This assassination attempt never should have happened. This guy has a background that shows he’s been moved, instigated, and influenced by those people who seek to divide us.” The congressman was, no doubt, referring to Mr. Trump and his supporters – or perhaps his party’s midterm Republican opponents in general.
As it turns out, “this guy,” the Pelosi attacker, has a background – from what we know so far – of deep psychological problems, violent tendencies, broken relationships, a distrust of government (not at all unusual, these days), and a penchant for conspiracy theories. A committed political activist – from either the right or the left – he was not. Since he knew where the Pelosis lived, it took Paul Pelosi’s attacker an awfully long time to decide to carry out his “assassination attempt,” if indeed that was his plan.
An even cheaper shot than Pascrell’s came from Christy Smith, who is running on the Democrat ticket to unseat Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA). “I’m calling it what it is,” Smith said in a tweet on Friday, “Radicalization and violence from extremists is the direct result of people like my opponent @RepMikeGarcia.” Radicalization? Extremists? And Garcia is directly responsible for it? A desperate – and some might say despicable – attempt to scare up some extra votes, courtesy of Mr. Pelosi’s literal brush with death.
California Governor Gavin Newsom couldn’t help himself, either. In a statement, he said the “heinous assault” was “yet another example of the dangerous consequences of the divisive and hateful rhetoric that is putting lives at risk and undermining our very democracy and Democratic institutions.” There’s a pattern emerging. Newsom went on to say, “Our leaders should never fear for their safety and the safety of their families in serving the people they were elected to represent – not in their homes, not at the U.S. Capitol, not anywhere.” And there it was, the Jan. 6 connection, which CNN also jumped on. From an Oct. 28 report of the incident:
“[The attack] comes as fears of political violence directed toward lawmakers remain high in the wake of the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol as well as other high-profile violent incidents that have targeted members of Congress in recent years.”
Other high-profile violent incidents, such as the 2017 attempted mass murder of Republican congressmen by a Bernie Sanders supporter, maybe. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) was rushed to hospital after being shot during a congressional baseball practice. Or the violent assault of Rep. Rand Paul (R-KY) that left him hospitalized. And then more recently, the attempted assassination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Strangely enough, no one on the left drew any connections between these incidents and political radicalization.
Joe Biden weighed in, of course, observing, “It’s reported that the same chant was used by this guy they have in custody that was used on January 6th in the attack on the U.S. Capitol.” It is alleged that DePape yelled, “Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy?” once inside the Pelosi residence, though who alleges this is entirely unclear. Some of the Jan. 6 protesters did indeed express their desire to ascertain the whereabouts of the speaker that day at the Capitol building. Then again, if one enters Nancy Pelosi’s house and she is not there, but her husband is, then “where’s Nancy?” might be an obvious question – if indeed the suspect asked it.
The Pelosi attacker enters the spotlight a little more than a week before the midterms, which in itself is fodder for conspiracy theorists. Perhaps it gives some especially desperate Democrats the hope that Americans will forget all about inflation, gas prices, grocery bills, border chaos, transgender indoctrination of children, and, ironically, crime, to instead worry about “right-wing extremism.” Thus, we can expect more of the most outrageous hysterics over the coming days. As for Paul Pelosi, may he recover fully and speedily, in time to comfort his wife who is very likely to lose her job, come January.
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