- A Fox News host claimed the police response to the assault on Nancy Pelosi’s husband was harsher than regular.
- Jesse Watters referenced right-wing speaking factors accusing the Democratic occasion of being comfortable on crime.
- The assault comes amid an increase in threats in direction of US lawmakers, in accordance to the US Capitol police.
Fox News host Jesse Watters criticized the police response to the assault on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, arguing that the attacker is being handled extra harshly due to who the sufferer is.
The assailant broke into Pelosi’s San Francisco residence on Friday and “violently” attacked her 82-year-old husband, Paul Pelosi with a hammer, main to him being hospitalized, authorities mentioned. He is anticipated to make a full restoration.
“A lot of people get hit with hammers. A lot of people get attacked. And a lot of times, they’re out on bail the next day and it’s a simple assault charge,” Watters mentioned.
The suspect has been recognized as 42-year-old David DePape, and he faces a number of prices, together with tried murder, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott instructed reporters throughout a press briefing.
The Fox News host didn’t defend DePape, who he mentioned “looks mentally ill,” however referenced common right-wing speaking factors accusing the Democratic occasion of being comfortable on crime.
“The Democrats in the media have been ignoring the crime wave and only cover it when Nancy Pelosi’s husband’s attacked,” he mentioned.
Watters mentioned he “wanted to see the alleged perpetrator being treated the same as if he attacked anyone else.”
“We see people assault people all the time randomly with all kinds of weapons, and we see them released the next day. So I don’t know why this guy is getting all of a sudden special treatment or different treatment because the victim was so high-profile,” he mentioned.
Several retailers reported sources saying that the attacker shouted “Where is Nancy?” when he broke into their residence simply earlier than 2:30 a.m on Friday.
President Joe Biden on Friday condemned the “despicable” attack and in contrast the assailant’s phrases to those used by Capitol rioters on January 6, 2021, a few of whom banged on the doorways of her workplace whereas shouting, “Where’s Nancy?”
The assault comes amid an increase in threats towards US lawmakers, in accordance to the US Capitol police.
Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s houses had been vandalized earlier this yr, and an armed man was arrested close to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home after making threats.
Right-wing extremists dedicated about 75% of the 450 political murders in the US in the previous decade, in contrast with the 4% by left-wing extremists, in accordance to a study by the Anti-Defamation League.