“Unfair” to link GOP rhetoric to Paul Pelosi’s attack

  • Rona McDaniel said it was “unfair” to link GOP messaging to the attack on Paul Pelosi on Sunday.
  • On “Fox News Sunday,” McDaniel dismissed any notion that the Republican rhetoric was overheated.
  • Nancy Pelosi, who has led House Democrats since 2003, has long been a political innocent for the GOP.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Rona McDaniel said it was “unfair” to suggest GOP messaging contributed to the violent attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband at the family’s San Francisco home last week.

During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” anchor Shannon Bream presented McDaniel with a recently published Washington Post article detailing the party’s years-long effort to demonize the veteran California Democrat, who in 2007 became first woman speaker of the House in United States history.

McDaniel pushed back against any claims that the Democratic Party’s messaging was problematic or incited violence and instead shifted the narrative to slam Democrats.

“You can’t say that people who say ‘Let’s fire Pelosi’ or ‘Let’s take back the House’ are saying ‘Go do violence.’ It’s just unfair. I think we all have to recognize that violence is widespread,” he said. “But I think the other thing you have to remember is that if it wasn’t for Paul Pelosi, this criminal would probably be out on the street tomorrow.”

“We saw that Lee Zeldin’s assailant was on the street immediately after his attack. That’s what Democratic policies bring,” she added, referring to an attack earlier this year on the New York Democratic gubernatorial candidate. “But of course we wish Paul Pelosi a speedy recovery. We don’t like this at all across the board.”

Paul Pelosi was attacked at the couple’s San Francisco residence on Friday by an intruder who broke into the home and demanded the location of the speaker, who was not at the residence at the time.

The speaker has been a longtime political underdog for Republicans, especially in the current election cycle, as they try to regain the House majority this fall.

Many GOP lawmakers have spoken out strongly against the attack, but former President Donald Trump — who repeatedly clashed with the speaker during his time in the White House — has yet to issue a statement about the incident.

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