In the midst of Democrats heaping blame onto Republicans for a psychotic loner’s alleged attack on Paul Pelosi, NRCC Chairman Rep. Tom Emmer struck back.
His brilliant response came after CBS’s Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation” blamed GOP campaign ads for the horrific assault. The host criticized midterm election ads that mentioned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) by name.
Incredibly, she asked that if the ads are about issues, why mention the representative by name and instead “depersonalize” them?
Emmer blew away her narrative by referring to the 2017 attack on the GOP baseball team practice in Alexandria, Virginia. Avowed leftist and Bernie Sanders supporter James Hodgkinson ambushed the Republicans and fired several rounds.
It was only Rep. Steve Scalise’s (R-LA) Secret Service detail that saved it from being an outright massacre. Scalise had the protection for being part of the GOP House leadership.
Despite the assailant having a hit list, it was several months before the FBI declared the vicious crime to be a domestic terror event.
The man who attacked Paul Pelosi is a man in his underwear with a long history of mental illness who thought he was Jesus.
The attack is horrific and should be condemned, but it's wrong to blame the actions of a deranged man on your political opponents. https://t.co/c8LH08s8sM
— Dan K. Eberhart (@DanKEberhart) October 31, 2022
As for Emmer, he rebutted Brennan by pointing out that he never saw anyone after the attack “equate Democratic rhetoric with those actions.” The representative added: “Please don’t do that.”
As for Paul Pelosi’s alleged assailant, it could not be more obvious that he is a deranged psychopath. Never mind for a moment the questions that are still unanswered about the specific circumstances of the incident.
David DePape reportedly showed up at the Pelosi’s San Francisco residence in his underwear. His online ramblings beforehand included noting his purchase of a birdhouse for the invisible fairy he communicates with.
His longtime life partner and mother of his two sons described him as “mentally ill.” From her California prison, she told reporters that he once disappeared completely for a year before returning and claiming to be Jesus.
Emmer, much to his credit, shifted the conversation back to what voters care about. Issues such as the cost of living and the current crime wave drive people to the polls, not baseless accusations over political ads.