Former President Donald Trump called the violent attack on Paul Pelosi a ‘terrible thing’ on Sunday before blaming Democratic leaders in San Francisco for the assault – and comparing crime rates in Liberal-run cities to war-torn Afghanistan, according to The Hill.
“With Paul Pelosi it’s a terrible thing, with all of them it’s a terrible thing,” Trump said in an interview with Americano Media. “Look at what happened to San Francisco in general. Look what is happening in Chicago. It was much worse than Afghanistan.
Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was attacked Friday at his San Francisco home by an intruder wielding a hammer, police say. The 82-year-old suffered a fractured skull and other serious injuries.
The assailant allegedly demanded to know the speaker’s whereabouts — she was out of town — and told police he wanted to “break her kneecaps” and hold her hostage, police said. order. Speaker Pelosi is a frequent target from the right.
Law enforcement has identified the suspect as David DePape, whose apparent online posts include QAnon conspiracy theories. But Trump wasted no time in blaming progressives.
“We have to give the police back their dignity, their respect,” Trump said. “They can solve the problem. But today, if a policeman says something a little inappropriate, it’s like the end of his life, the end of his pension, the end of his family.
Trump added that “the country is out of control,” using the age-old Republican message that Democrats are too soft on crime. The same message was pushed by other Republicans, including Reps. Lance Gooden (Texas) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), as well as Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake.
Greene tweeted Friday that “violence and crime are rampant in Joe Biden’s America”. Gooden blamed “crime and mental illness” in San Francisco on “the Democrats’ failed policies”. Lake told Fox News that “the left” has “made our streets more dangerous,” according to Forbes.
San Francisco has increased its police budget by 4% over the past three years, according to ABC News. Republicans nonetheless continue to blame progressive attempts to curb police brutality and crime spending.
Biden and other Democrats linked DePape’s attack to Trump’s “big lie” that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, something Trump still promotes on his Truth Social platform. The attacker allegedly shared election conspiracy theories on his Facebook page before the attack.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), one of only 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump last year, was one of the few GOP voices to call his own went on the attack.
“This morning’s chilling attack on Paul Pelosi by a man obsessed with election conspiracies is a dangerous reality encouraged by some in my own party,” he said. tweeted.