GOP gives mixed messages on Paul Pelosi attack

  • In Politics
  • 2022-10-29 23:07:48Z
  • By The Hill

Republicans have responded to the recent attack on Paul Pelosi, the husband of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), with a mix of messages, some of which have prompted sharp criticism from Democrats.

Many in the GOP, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and former Vice President Mike Pence, have vocally condemned the attack.

Former President Trump has opted, in contrast, to remain silent, while responses from several other Republicans have attracted criticism from Democrats for apparently using the situation to advance a political message.

Paul Pelosi was attacked by an intruder in the Pelosis' San Francisco home early Friday morning. Before assaulting Pelosi with a hammer, the intruder reportedly shouted, "Where is Nancy? Where is Nancy?"

A spokesperson for the Speaker said Friday that her 82-year-old husband underwent surgery to repair a skull fracture and injuries to his right arm and hands and is expected to make a full recovery from the attack.

McConnell was quick to respond after news broke of the attack, saying he was "horrified and disgusted."

Pence also came out strongly against the assault, calling it an "outrage." Other party leaders, including House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (La.), who was shot during an attack at a congressional baseball practice in 2017, have similarly spoken against the violence.

However, Trump has remained silent on the issue, even as he has continued to frequently post on his social media platform Truth Social about everything from the midterm elections to the Mar-a-Lago documents lawsuit to the late singer Jerry Lee Lewis.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) also avoided making any public statements about the attack in the hours after the news broke, though his spokesman told The Hill on Friday that the congressman had reached out to the Speaker to check on her husband and was praying for his recovery.

McCarthy's lack of a public response led Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to slam him on Twitter on Saturday for doing "nothing."

Later Saturday, McCarthy addressed the attack in an interview on Breitbart radio, calling it "wrong" and condemning political violence.

"We've watched this with Lee Zeldin, we've watched this with Supreme Court justices, this is wrong - violence should not go. You watch what happened to Steve Scalise and others. This has got to stop," he said.

Beyond the top rungs of the Republican Party, the response to the attack was varied.

While some Trump allies - like Reps. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) - followed the former president's lead and remained largely quiet on the incident, others spoke out against the attack and against political violence more broadly.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called the attack on Paul Pelosi "horrific" and said he was praying for the entire Pelosi family.

"We can have our political differences, but violence is always wrong & unacceptable," Cruz wrote on Twitter.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in a tweet that he was "very upset" to hear about the attack.

"This is despicable and we are all grateful that Paul is expected to fully recover," Graham said. "In America violence is never the answer for any grievance and every American should always be safe in their own home."

Still others, while speaking against the attack, also used the moment to raise criticisms aimed at Democrats or, in Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) case, to bring up a prior dispute with the Speaker's daughter.

When Paul was physically attacked by a neighbor in 2017, Christine Pelosi tweeted that his "neighbor was right."

"No one deserves to be assaulted. Unlike Nancy Pelosi's daughter who celebrated my assault, I condemn this attack and wish Mr. Pelosi a speedy recovery," Paul wrote on Twitter, a remark that was met with fierce backlash.

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) was also criticized for his comment on the attack after saying during a campaign rally, "There's no room for violence anywhere, but we're going to send her back to be with him in California."

And Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) triggered an irate response from one of her Democratic colleagues after using her response to the attack to push back on Democrats on crime.

Greene said she was praying for Pelosi on Friday, but also responded by tweeting that "violence and crime are rampant in Joe Biden's America."

"It shouldn't happen to Paul Pelosi. It shouldn't happen to innocent Americans. It shouldn't happen to me," Greene said.

In response, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) turned the blame back on Greene herself.

"YOU called for Nancy Pelosi to be executed, @RepMTG. YOU said she should be hung for treason," he tweeted. "And now that someone listened, you're making Paul Pelosi's attack about YOU. This is what Republicans stand for, America. It's sick."

Other Democrats similarly connected Republican rhetoric with the attack and a wider environment of political violence.

In a speech to Pennsylvania Democrats on Friday, President Biden tied the "despicable" assault on Paul Pelosi to lies spread by Trump and other Republicans, including the baseless claim that the 2020 election was stolen from the former president.

"What makes us think that one party can talk about stolen elections, COVID being a hoax, that it's all a bunch of lies, and it not affect people who may not be so well balanced," Biden said.

"What makes us think that it's not going to corrode the political climate? Enough is enough is enough. Every person of good conscience needs to clearly and unambiguously stand up against violence in our politics, no matter what your politics are," he said.

Condemning the GOP response to the attack, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) pointed back at the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection and shared a Los Angeles Times article reporting that Paul Pelosi's assailant had been involved in spreading far-right conspiracies online.

"A far right white nationalist tried to assassinate the Speaker of the House and almost killed her husband a year after violent insurrectionists tried to find her and kill her in the Capitol," she said. "And the Republican Party's response is to either ignore it or belittle it."

For the latest news, weather, sports, and streaming video, head to The Hill.


More Related News

Congressional centrists plot deal-cutting course in divided government
Congressional centrists plot deal-cutting course in divided government

Despite a much tougher atmosphere with a GOP House, some senators are hoping against the odds that they can keep a streak of bipartisan action going.

Beijing's response to the US shooting down its balloon has been muted. It might be China's way of preparing for a future in which the roles are reversed, says international law expert.

If China pushes too hard, its own rhetoric may backfire if the US decides to send balloons or drones into Chinese airspace, said Julian Ku.

Swiss lawmakers visit Taiwan, say they want closer ties
Swiss lawmakers visit Taiwan, say they want closer ties
  • World
  • 2023-02-06 06:46:29Z

A group of Swiss lawmakers met with Taiwan's president and said Monday their government wants to deepen political relations, adding to shows of support by...

U.S. officials offer to update top congressional leaders on recovered files
U.S. officials offer to update top congressional leaders on recovered files

Biden administration officials are offering top congressional leaders a briefing on classified documents found in the possession of President Joe Biden...

Biden only mentioned China 3 times in 2022 State of the Union address
Biden only mentioned China 3 times in 2022 State of the Union address
  • World
  • 2023-02-05 21:16:42Z

President Joe Biden only mentioned China and Chinese President Xi Jinping three times during his last State of the Union address on March 1, 2022.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


  • Nfdcax
    (2022-11-04 03:08:32Z)

    order generic rocaltrol 0.25mg calcitriol online buy buy calcitriol 0.25 mg for sale

  • Huaboe
    (2022-11-05 04:28:48Z)

    calcitriol 0.25mg pills purchase rocaltrol sale calcitriol generic

  • Cuewdr
    (2022-11-08 10:55:23Z)

    brand zithromax cheap neurontin sale buy gabapentin generic

  • Hwoihi
    (2022-11-09 13:51:42Z)

    cheap furosemide 100mg no script generic lasix stromectol tablets buy online

  • Braltd
    (2022-11-10 17:06:05Z)

    generic hydroxychloroquine 200mg cheap stromectol 3mg buy oral stromectol

  • Puccvw
    (2022-11-12 00:08:24Z)

    order atorvastatin 40mg viagra 50mg cheap buy sildenafil pills

  • Dwgyry
    (2022-11-13 02:52:48Z)

    lisinopril online buy tadalafil 5mg generic cialis 20mg price

  • Khyiro
    (2022-11-14 05:43:28Z)

    order lopressor 50mg pills vardenafil brand medrol order

  • Kxqewd
    (2022-11-15 08:53:32Z)

    order clomiphene pills coreg 25mg drug pregabalin 75mg brand

  • Iyclxx
    (2022-11-16 14:34:00Z)

    triamcinolone us buy generic ventolin inhalator buy dapoxetine 60mg online cheap

  • Xndxvk
    (2022-11-20 02:04:34Z)

    brand zovirax 800mg buy allopurinol 100mg pills allopurinol 100mg price

  • Wbzpjf
    (2022-11-22 00:37:31Z)

    order generic rosuvastatin zetia medication buy generic tetracycline 250mg

  • Wqdjkd
    (2022-11-23 20:56:07Z)

    buy lioresal sale viagra 150mg cheap generic viagra

  • Dozbzi
    (2022-11-26 02:16:00Z)

    cialis 20mg brand order tadalafil 20mg online buy toradol 10mg online cheap

  • Benaqi
    (2022-11-28 09:07:04Z)

    colchicine medication order plavix 150mg methotrexate 2.5mg sale

  • Fqylba
    (2022-11-30 10:20:26Z)

    cozaar brand topamax 200mg sale sumatriptan cost

  • Osxxxd
    (2022-12-01 23:06:39Z)

    dutasteride without prescription buy celecoxib 100mg online ondansetron 8mg generic

  • Axamle
    (2022-12-04 14:12:14Z)

    purchase ampicillin online order bactrim 480mg order erythromycin online cheap

  • Zoekdh
    (2022-12-05 21:43:36Z)

    order fildena 100mg online careprost cheap methocarbamol order

  • Iynrgl
    (2022-12-07 04:40:40Z)

    sildenafil 100mg over the counter sildenafil 50mg price estradiol generic

  • Hogjta
    (2022-12-08 11:28:19Z)

    lamotrigine 200mg us buy minipress 2mg online cheap tretinoin sale

  • Mzvgfw
    (2022-12-09 16:52:26Z)

    tadalafil over the counter diclofenac 100mg drug buy voltaren 100mg

  • Htpebf
    (2022-12-10 14:50:29Z)

    buy accutane 10mg accutane online azithromycin online

  • Obwzuf
    (2022-12-10 21:54:36Z)

    purchase indomethacin pills order lamisil 250mg generic trimox price

  • Dxhmum
    (2022-12-11 21:57:17Z)

    tadalafil 5mg generic 5mg dose of cialis prescription sildenafil 50mg for sale

  • Whnase
    (2022-12-12 03:10:06Z)

    anastrozole 1 mg canada Viagra mail order purchase viagra online cheap

  • Warlnp
    (2022-12-13 10:39:57Z)

    cialis 10mg sans ordonnance tadalafil 40mg comprimГ© viagra 200mg generique pas cher

  • Wcsxdf
    (2022-12-13 13:15:18Z)

    buy prednisone online prednisone pills female viagra cvs

  • Hlychc
    (2022-12-15 00:42:11Z)

    tadalafil 5mg fГјr frauen tadalafil 20mg kaufen ohne rezept viagra generika rezeptfrei kaufen

  • Ytegss
    (2022-12-15 13:30:55Z)

    isotretinoin 40mg without prescription stromectol pill ivermectin 2mg

  • Ujxwle
    (2022-12-16 04:18:18Z)

    provigil order online provigil online buy diamox 250 mg canada

  • Exsfvk
    (2022-12-16 16:52:53Z)

    purchase doxycycline pills order doxycycline online lasix drug

  • Uumnxb
    (2022-12-17 01:20:32Z)

    buy altace 10mg online cheap clobetasol online order brand azelastine

  • Wzbwri
    (2022-12-17 19:55:18Z)

    clonidine usa purchase tiotropium bromide generic order spiriva

  • Jqgkjh
    (2022-12-18 05:07:58Z)

    order generic buspar 5mg buy amiodarone online cheap brand oxybutynin 2.5mg

  • Hdkmfs
    (2022-12-18 23:33:43Z)

    hytrin 1mg uk hytrin 1mg brand buy sulfasalazine 500 mg generic

  • Abfkze
    (2022-12-19 09:36:38Z)

    buy fosamax 35mg without prescription buy panadol 500mg pill order famotidine 40mg for sale

  • Khkxkc
    (2022-12-20 03:35:11Z)

    olmesartan 20mg tablet calan 240mg tablet order acetazolamide 250 mg sale

  • Lbkizm
    (2022-12-20 14:33:49Z)

    prograf 1mg pills ropinirole 2mg price ursodiol over the counter

  • Flzceh
    (2022-12-21 07:40:49Z)

    generic imdur 40mg cost azathioprine 50mg telmisartan cost

  • Stnrik
    (2022-12-21 19:24:47Z)

    bupropion 150 mg cost seroquel order seroquel uk

  • Ragkyf
    (2022-12-22 12:06:22Z)

    molnunat 200mg without prescription buy omnicef online cheap order lansoprazole pills

  • Zljpbk
    (2022-12-23 05:22:15Z)

    buy zoloft generic zoloft 100mg over the counter sildenafil over counter

  • Glhaoh
    (2022-12-23 19:46:26Z)

    brand imuran brand protonix 40mg sildenafil women

  • Yensdf
    (2022-12-24 09:51:50Z)

    buy cialis 40mg pills buy tadalafil 5mg generic viagra in usa

  • Sizbbp
    (2022-12-24 22:37:56Z)

    cialis 20mg drug buy phenazopyridine for sale buy symmetrel 100mg pill

  • Fehndp
    (2022-12-25 14:01:50Z)

    cost revia 50 mg naltrexone for sale online buy aripiprazole 30mg generic

  • Hayvnx
    (2022-12-26 02:05:28Z)

    buy dapsone 100mg generic buy avlosulfon sale perindopril price

  • Kuthhv
    (2022-12-26 18:31:51Z)

    order medroxyprogesterone 10mg praziquantel 600 mg cheap cyproheptadine 4 mg tablet

  • Cqvwxt
    (2022-12-27 15:21:11Z)

    generic modafinil 200mg modafinil 100mg tablet ivermectina online

  • Orazae
    (2022-12-27 22:27:20Z)

    buy generic luvox 100mg order glipizide 5mg online buy glipizide 10mg online

  • Rphrfs
    (2022-12-28 20:24:47Z)

    isotretinoin 20mg ca order amoxil 500mg online cheap buy generic prednisone 40mg

  • Odudiu
    (2022-12-29 11:15:18Z)

    nootropil for sale viagra 200mg for sale buy viagra

  • Bcxxcx
    (2022-12-30 00:04:50Z)

    buy zithromax 250mg online oral zithromax buy neurontin 600mg

  • Kiuklx
    (2022-12-30 15:05:22Z)

    cheap tadalafil sale buy sildenafil 100mg sale viagra 200mg price

  • Afnztf
    (2022-12-31 04:10:38Z)

    buy furosemide generic plaquenil over the counter buy hydroxychloroquine 400mg pill

  • Tkdidu
    (2022-12-31 18:35:10Z)

    brand cialis 20mg order betnovate 20gm online cheap cost clomipramine 50mg

  • Mnipns
    (2023-01-01 07:30:37Z)

    buy aralen pill cenforce 100mg without prescription baricitinib 4mg oral

  • Sxskli
    (2023-01-01 16:24:35Z)

    buy cialis 20mg for sale cost of cialis clomipramine 50mg brand

  • Cvfahs
    (2023-01-01 23:08:47Z)

    sporanox 100mg pill tinidazole 500mg ca tinidazole tablet

  • Olifov
    (2023-01-02 11:03:30Z)

    metformin pills lipitor 80mg canada cost tadalafil 5mg

  • Fgjpzp
    (2023-01-03 03:06:27Z)

    buy olanzapine 10mg order bystolic 20mg valsartan 80mg without prescription

  • Tzzfls
    (2023-01-03 15:20:34Z)

    buy norvasc viagra sildenafil 25mg tadalafil online order

  • Vnrfvw
    (2023-01-04 07:00:41Z)

    clozapine 50mg ca ipratropium drug dexamethasone pill

  • Ihanob
    (2023-01-04 19:50:44Z)

    sildenafil 100mg without prescription order viagra 100mg sale order lisinopril 10mg pills

  • Agvrsa
    (2023-01-05 10:55:12Z)

    order linezolid 600 mg sale real money online casinos usa blackjack vegas free online games

  • Bpcvwc
    (2023-01-06 00:02:07Z)

    omeprazole pills need a paper written big fish casino online

  • Logiuu
    (2023-01-07 03:46:58Z)

    metoprolol over the counter order tenormin 100mg for sale purchase vardenafil generic

  • Afdlrh
    (2023-01-08 04:20:00Z)

    help with term paper casino online black jack

  • Vqvyfu
    (2023-01-08 16:12:34Z)

    vardenafil 20mg pill medrol 16mg without a doctor prescription medrol 16 mg oral

  • Ifuwlc
    (2023-01-09 09:30:15Z)

    help with writing a research paper custom dissertation oral sildenafil

  • Qyhvbh
    (2023-01-11 00:41:41Z)

    tadalafil 40mg pill tadalafil 20mg brand sildenafil ca

  • Ipowna
    (2023-01-11 04:21:56Z)

    order triamcinolone 10mg pill generic loratadine 10mg clarinex 5mg oral

  • Skdbju
    (2023-01-12 09:39:52Z)

    brand priligy 60mg cytotec pills order synthroid 100mcg without prescription

  • Vkpxkj
    (2023-01-12 11:25:09Z)

    order tadalafil 10mg sale sildenafil online buy order sildenafil 100mg for sale

  • Mrxrbj
    (2023-01-13 15:23:18Z)

    order xenical online diltiazem for sale cost zovirax 400mg

  • Rexomf
    (2023-01-13 15:54:16Z)

    tadalafil 10mg for sale inderal pills clopidogrel 150mg sale

  • Tnmapg
    (2023-01-14 19:53:43Z)

    allopurinol 100mg over the counter ezetimibe 10mg uk zetia 10mg oral

  • Uddsnd
    (2023-01-16 00:28:50Z)

    buy motilium pill buy domperidone 10mg without prescription buy flexeril 15mg for sale

  • Wjhlos
    (2023-01-16 14:21:28Z)

    purchase losartan generic buy nexium topiramate for sale

  • Ghaurx
    (2023-01-17 04:55:04Z)

    baclofen online buy order baclofen 10mg generic buy toradol

  • Iikshk
    (2023-01-17 18:56:34Z)

    sumatriptan 25mg over the counter sumatriptan over the counter buy avodart 0.5mg

  • Fqthtx
    (2023-01-18 09:51:51Z)

    colchicine over the counter slot casino real money online casinos usa

  • Grugoa
    (2023-01-18 23:45:19Z)

    oral zantac buy celecoxib 100mg for sale order celecoxib 200mg online cheap

  • Qpiqfu
    (2023-01-19 15:12:27Z)

    poker online free gambling casino online gambling sites

  • Zpzdzs
    (2023-01-20 04:44:36Z)

    tamsulosin online buy flomax 0.4mg generic aldactone 100mg brand

  • Kxwcpn
    (2023-01-20 23:45:47Z)

    order cialis 20mg for sale ciprofloxacin 1000mg sale order cipro 1000mg online cheap

  • Brypbx
    (2023-01-22 01:16:07Z)

    order zocor 10mg online cheap order propecia pill buy finasteride generic

  • Suqnem
    (2023-01-22 09:57:42Z)

    flagyl online buy order metronidazole 200mg online bactrim 480mg brand

  • Cifeiu
    (2023-01-23 05:40:39Z)

    purchase diflucan pill viagra drug sildenafil 100mg tablet

  • Ucmcaf
    (2023-01-23 14:52:49Z)

    buy cephalexin 125mg online cheap order erythromycin 500mg for sale buy erythromycin 500mg pills

  • Lbtmtq
    (2023-01-24 10:31:29Z)

    cialis 20mg generic purchase cialis without prescription purchase sildenafil for sale

  • Zfplar
    (2023-01-25 13:00:07Z)

    purchase cefuroxime pill careprost generic methocarbamol pill

  • Eoqqva
    (2023-01-25 22:34:33Z)

    empire city casino online play great poker online buy cialis without prescription

  • Znxzud
    (2023-01-26 22:34:40Z)

    cheap trazodone buy aurogra generic brand sildenafil 100mg

  • Bcwbnn
    (2023-01-27 16:01:28Z)

    cheap custom essay pay for assignments australia ivermectin 3mg tablets

  • Agtupt
    (2023-01-28 03:02:11Z)

    viagra sildenafil 200mg order lamotrigine 50mg sale purchase lamotrigine without prescription

  • Bbdymo
    (2023-01-29 01:15:24Z)

    prednisone 40mg uk buy isotretinoin 20mg without prescription purchase amoxicillin online cheap

  • Preqyv
    (2023-01-29 07:58:20Z)

    viagra 200mg price viagra 100mg tablet tadalafil uk

  • Qxzhwm
    (2023-01-30 13:31:42Z)

    azithromycin price buy prednisolone 40mg gabapentin online

  • Nznrqn
    (2023-01-30 14:43:22Z)

    casino arizona ed pills otc cialis 40mg cheap

  • Wxtujh
    (2023-01-31 22:00:28Z)

    slot games online blackjack online provigil 100mg tablet

  • Bdyffe
    (2023-02-01 05:58:17Z)

    buy generic furosemide 40mg buy lasix 100mg sale buy hydroxychloroquine 400mg online

  • Upmwzo
    (2023-02-02 12:33:45Z)

    buy deltasone 10mg without prescription prazosin us buy mebendazole

  • Bmxmax
    (2023-02-02 19:11:07Z)

    cost fildena purchase fildena online rhinocort buy online

  • Amuewm
    (2023-02-04 12:31:35Z)

    retin cream usa cost avana 100mg order avana 200mg pill

  • Ktoxoq
    (2023-02-05 21:56:12Z)

    buy tadacip for sale diclofenac brand order indomethacin 50mg online cheap


Top News: Politics