Paul Pelosi’s attacker allegedly wore zip ties, January 6 echo: NPR

A police officer stands outside the San Francisco home of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul Pelosi on Friday, after Paul was attacked and severely beaten by an assailant who broke into their home early Friday .

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A police officer stands outside the San Francisco home of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul Pelosi on Friday, after Paul was attacked and severely beaten by an assailant who broke into their home early Friday .

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WASHINGTON — The man accused of attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband wore ties with him when he broke into the couple’s San Francisco home, according to a person briefed on the investigation. in what is the latest parallel to the Capitol Riot of January 6. , 2021.

The person was not authorized to discuss the Pelosi case publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Sunday.

The attack on the Democratic leader’s 82-year-old husband, Paul Pelosi, less than two weeks before the Nov. 8 election that will determine control of Congress as well as key statewide and local offices, has been a disturbing reminder of the country’s toxic politics. climate. With threats against officials at an all-time high, members of Congress have been urged to seek additional security resources, including increased police patrols in their neighborhoods.

U.S. Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said in a weekend memo to lawmakers that the attack “is a stark reminder of the threats facing elected officials and families in 2022.” .

San Francisco police say Paul Pelosi’s assault was intentional. Authorities said the suspect, identified as 42-year-old David DePape, confronted Paul Pelosi at the family’s Pacific Heights home early Friday and, according to the AP, demanded to know, “Where’s Nancy?”

The pair fought over a hammer before officers responding to a 911 call to the home saw DePape punch Paul Pelosi at least once, police said. DePape was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, elder abuse and burglary. Prosecutors plan to file charges on Monday and expect him to be arraigned on Tuesday.

Eerie echoes of the Jan. 6 riot were apparent in the incident at Pelosi’s home.

Rioters who swarmed the Capitol in an attempt to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory over Donald Trump roamed the halls and shouted menacingly, demanding “Where’s Nancy?” Some in the seat were seen inside the Capitol wearing zip ties. The presence of links to the suspect in the Paul Pelosi assault was first reported by CNN.

Nancy Pelosi was in Washington when her husband was attacked in his home. She soon returned to San Francisco, where her husband was hospitalized. He underwent surgery for a fractured skull and suffered other injuries to his arms and hands, his office said.

“Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the potentially fatal attack on our Pop,” she said in a letter to her colleagues on Saturday evening. “We are grateful for the quick response from law enforcement and emergency services, and for the life-saving medical treatment he is receiving.”

Paul Pelosi remains hospitalized and “continues to improve,” she told colleagues.

As Election Day approaches and Trump relentlessly promotes claims he hasn’t lost to Biden in 2020, federal agencies warned Friday that domestic extremists fueled by election lies “pose an increased threat.” for the midterm elections. The Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies said the greatest danger is “from lone offenders taking advantage of election-related issues to justify violence.”

Biden and other officials, Democrats and Republicans, have condemned the attack on Paul Pelosi and said violence has no place in American politics.

“Enough is enough,” Biden said while campaigning in Pennsylvania on Friday night.

Trump, in an interview recorded Friday with Americano Media, a Spanish-language conservative network, called the attack on Paul Pelosi a “terrible thing,” but the former president also tried to link it to crime in American cities. .

For years, Republicans have tried to cast Pelosi as a campaign boogeyman, using the 82-year-old’s image as a recurring caricature in countless ads against Democrats, many of which are now running in running races. nationwide during a hostile election season.

Republican National Committee Leader Ronna McDaniel said Sunday it was “unfair” to blame the GOP for creating a political climate that could have laid the groundwork for such an attack.

“You can’t say that people who say, ‘Let’s fire Pelosi’ or ‘Let’s take home,’ are saying to go and be violent,” she told ‘Fox News Sunday.’

House GOP campaign leader Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer was asked in an interview Sunday about a tweet promoting his own video, which shows him firing a gun at a inside target, which includes the wording counting down “days to make history”. #FirePelosi.”

Emmer said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he was “just exercising our Second Amendment rights, having fun.”

McDaniel and Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy of California said Paul Pelosi’s attacker was “disturbed”.

McCarthy said on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” that violence or the threat of violence “has no place in our society.”

Five years ago, a left-wing activist opened fire on Republicans as they practiced for an annual charity baseball game. Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana was seriously injured. In 2011, then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, was shot in the head during an event outside a Tucson grocery store.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who heads the Senate committee overseeing security at the Capitol, said lawmakers are considering further steps, including removing their private information from the internet.

Klobuchar, D-Minn., however, noted that Nancy Pelosi “was reviled for years, and to the big surprise, it went viral, and it got violent.”

“I think it’s really important for people to realize that it’s not just this moment of this horrific attack, but that we’ve seen the violence perpetrated throughout our political system,” Klobuchar told “Meet the Press. from NBC.

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