Glenn Youngkin, the Republican administration of Virginia, has come under fire for his raising the hammer attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul at a campaign rally Friday.
“Speaker Pelosi’s husband, their house was broken into last night and he was attacked, there’s no room for violence anywhere, but we’re going to send her back to be with him in California, that’s what we’re going to do. do,” Youngkin said as he campaigned for Republican Yesli Vega, who is running against Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger.
Virginia Democratic Representative Donald McEachin called it a “disgusting, despicable and rude comment by Governor Youngkin.”
“While Paul Pelosi is currently undergoing brain surgery, Glenn Youngkin is seizing it as an opportunity for political jab,” McEachin tweeted. “This reprehensible behavior is beneath the dignity of his office.”
Other Republicans, including House Minority Whip Steve Scalise – a shooting victim in the 2017 Congressional Baseball Game practice attack – more directly condemned the violence.
Glenn Youngkin, the Republican governor of Virginia, comes under fire for the way he brought up the hammer attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul at a campaign rally Friday
Youngkin (right) made the comments while campaigning for Republican congressional candidate Yesli Vega (left) in Stafford, Virginia on Friday
Paul Pelosi (left), the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (right), was violently assaulted Friday morning at their San Francisco home; above Paul and Nancy Pelosi at the Time 100 Gala in April 2019
The Pelosis own a four-bedroom house in San Francisco that is in the middle of her congressional district and was purchased in 2007 for $2.2 million, but is now considered to be worth at least $6 million.
Staff members of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, including Pelosi’s Chief of Staff Terri McCullough, (second from right), hug outside the Capitol on Friday
Virginia Democratic Rep. Donald McEachin called it a ‘disgusting, despicable and rude comment from Governor Youngkin’
“I am disgusted by the horrible attack on Speaker Pelosi’s husband, Paul. Grateful for the actions of law enforcement to respond,” Scalise tweeted. “Let’s be clear: violence has no place in this country. I pray for Paul Pelosi’s full recovery.”
Senate Republican Senator Mitch McConnell also voted in favor.
“Shocked and outraged by reports that Paul Pelosi was attacked last night at his and Chairman Pelosi’s home. Grateful to hear that Paul is on track to make a full recovery and that law enforcement, including our amazing Capitol Police, is on the case,” McConnell tweeted Friday.
In addition, Republican Senator Bill Hagerty of Tennessee called the early morning attack “horrifying and sickening.”
“Chrissy and I pray for the entire Pelosi family and for a speedy and full recovery for Paul,” Hagerty said.
Ohio Republican Representative Steve Chabot said he was “deeply disturbed” by the violent attack on 82-year-old Paul.
Other Republicans, including House Minority Whip Steve Scalise — a shooting victim in the 2017 Congressional Baseball Game practice strike — more directly condemned the violence
“Violence is never justified and certainly has no place in our civil discourse,” Chabot said. “The attacker must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
The attacker, identified by police as 42-year-old David DePape, had posts on social media driving the 2020 and January 6 election denial of the Capitol attack, and a number of prominent right-wing conspiracy theories.
Michigan Republican Representative Fred Upton, who withdrew from Congress rather than face a Trump-backed primary challenger after voting for the ex-president’s second impeachment, cited social media posts from DePape in his tweet.
“I am shocked by the horrific attack on Chairman Pelosi’s husband, Paul,” Upton said.
“Like it or not, January 6 was real, and threats that lead to violence — whether directed against elected officials, Supreme Court judges or local school administrators — are undermining our democratic form of government,” he added.
During the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, members of the MAGA mob targeted Pelosi specifically, destroying her office and calling out for her.