A Fox News host says the police response to the attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband was tougher than usual.
Jesse Watters cites right-wing talking points and accuses the Democratic Party of being soft on crime.
The attack comes amid an increase in threats against US lawmakers, US Capitol Police said.
Fox News host Jesse Watters criticized the police response to the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, arguing that the assailant should be dealt with more harshly than the victim.
The attacker broke into Pelosi’s San Francisco home on Friday “Force” attack Her husband, Paul Pelosi, 82, drove her to the hospital with a hammer, authorities said. Full recovery is expected.
“A lot of people get hammered. A lot of people get assaulted. And a lot of times they’re out on bail the next day and it’s a simple assault charge,” Watters said.
The suspect, identified as 42-year-old David DePape, will face multiple charges, including attempted murder, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said in a press conference.
The Fox News host did not defend DePape, who said he “sounds mentally ill,” but cited popular right-wing talking points and accused the Democratic Party of being soft on crime.
“Democrats in the media ignored the crime wave and only covered when Nancy Pelosi’s husband was assaulted,” he said.
“I would like to see it treated as if the criminal attacked the suspect,” Watters said.
“We see people randomly attack people with all kinds of weapons and the next day we see them released. So I don’t know why this guy is suddenly being treated differently or treated differently because he was a very, very high profile victim,” he said.
Multiple sources reported that the attacker screamed. “Where’s Nancy at?” when he broke into their home just before 2:30 a.m. Friday.
President Joe Biden condemned the act on Friday “Abusive” attack And compare the words of the attacker The ones used by the Capitol Riots. In the year On January 6, 2021, some will ask, “Where’s Nancy?” They banged on her office doors shouting.
The attack is on the rise Threats against US lawmakersAccording to the US Capitol Police.
Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Homes were vandalized earlier this year, and an armed man was arrested near a Supreme Court judge. Brett Kavanaugh’s house After making threats.
Right-wing extremists have committed 75% of the 450 political assassinations in the US over the past decade, compared to 4% by left-wing extremists. Research Anti-Defamation League.
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