Carrie Lake, the Republican candidate for governor of Arizona, appeared on Fox News Monday night with a familiar complaint: The media was trying to silence her, she told host Tucker Carlson, this time for joking about the violent attack on husband Paul Pelosi. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
On Monday night, though, Lake lamented Carlson that she It was she who was attacked, for the criticism she received for the mockery of Pelosi.
“We can’t talk about all of these issues because the media told us it’s off-limits,” Lake said. “You know, you can’t talk about vaccines. You can’t talk about elections. You can’t talk about Paul Pelosi – now you can’t talk about Nancy Pelosi. And you can’t talk about elections and you can’t talk about Covid and I’m talking about all these things because I’m still I think we have a bit of a First Amendment left—”
“That’s right,” Carlson cried.
– But I’m dangerous to people like [Wyoming GOP Rep.] Liz Cheney and the people you’re hanging out with, and they want to stop people like me,” Lake added.
Most Republican leaders condemned the attack on Paul Pelosi – although many were also quick to link these denunciations to blaming “both sides” for the upsurge in political violence. But Lake’s mockery at her campaign event was the latest example of some Republicans turning a brutal attack on the House speaker’s eighty-year-old husband into a penalty.
On the same day news of the attack broke, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin (right) highlighted it at a campaign rally in Stafford, Virginia for Republican congressional candidate Wesley Vega.
“There is no place for violence anywhere, but we will send [Nancy Pelosi] Back to be with him in California,” Youngkin told the crowd.
Although Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) strongly condemned the attack on Paul Pelosi, they remained quiet about party members joking or downplaying the incident.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex) retweeted a thread from far-right activist Matt Walsh challenging the notion that the alleged attacker was a far-right extremist, despite his blog appearing to be deeply drawn to electoral lies and political conspiracy theories.
Cruz quoted the thread that DePape denies as “Berkeley’s hippie nudity” in one word: “the truth.”
Representative Clay Higgins (R-LA) tweeted and deleted a post on Sunday that pushed a conspiracy theory mocking the attack. On the evening of the attack, Representative Claudia Tenney (RNY) retweeted a photo of several men with hammers outside the house and with an “United Against Hate” sign and a gay pride flag.
Lol, the new congressman added.
Pelosi, who has strongly condemned political violence in the past, including the January 6, 2021 mutiny in the US Capitol, has not linked politics to the attack on her husband yet.
In a “dear colleague” letter to members of Congress late Saturday night, Pelosi asserted that “a violent man broke into our family home and demanded to confront me and brutally attacked my husband Paul.”
“Me, our children, and our grandchildren are saddened and shocked by the life-threatening attack on pop,” she wrote.
At his campaign event last week, President Biden called on the crowd to stand “unambiguously” against political violence, while noting that Pelosi’s alleged attacker had been influenced by Republican rhetoric.
“What makes us think that one party can talk about a stolen election, as if it were a hoax, [that it’s] All set of lies, and does it affect people who may not be well balanced? Biden then said. “What makes us think he’s not going to change the political climate? Enough is enough.
Federal authorities on Monday filed charges of attempted kidnapping and assault against David Wayne Dibab, 42, the alleged home occupier. According to the indictment documents, DePape told authorities after his arrest that he planned to “hold Nancy hostage” and break her knees to send a message to other Democrats.
The Washington Post confirmed that a blog written by DePape’s name was filled with anti-Semitic writings and baseless allegations as well as pro-Trump and anti-democratic posts. It’s taped to the house in Richmond, California, where DePape lives, according to neighbors.
But that hasn’t stopped DePape’s arrest from becoming the center of more right-wing misinformation and conspiracy theories promoted by allies of former President Donald Trump and even Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter. Trump himself described the attack as a “terrible thing” in an interview on Sunday.
Trump’s eldest son published several social media posts highlighting the incident, including retweet Picture of a hammer over a pair of underwear with the message “Get ready Paul Pelosi’s Halloween costume.”
“The Internet is still undefeated,” Donald Trump Jr. added.
Devlin Barrett, Eugene Scott, Holly Bailey and Laurie McGinley contributed to this report.