WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Some Washington lawmakers are nervous after a man violently attacked the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., inside their San Francisco home with a hammer.
Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., who has known the Pelosi for decades, calls the incident unacceptable.
“Hopefully that’s a wake-up call,” Dingell said. “As someone who has men in front of their house with assault weapons who have received threats, I am worried about my staff…and there are elected officials at all levels who are really starting to get scared. .”
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle condemn the violence.
San Francisco police said they have not determined the motive for the attack. But the Associated Press reports the 42-year-old suspect yelled “where’s Nancy? before the assault.
According to US Capitol Police, the speaker was at her home in Washington with security at the time of the attack.
Capitol police said threats against lawmakers increased after the Jan. 6 riot and led to heightened security.
This summer, Democrats and Republicans passed legislation to bolster security for Supreme Court justices after a gunman targeted Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home.
Dingell said while more security is helpful, there is a better way.
“We all have a responsibility to help tone it down,” she said.
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