President Biden on Friday night denounced the hammer attack against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband as “political violence” and linked the shocking crime to the Capitol riot.

Speaking at a fundraiser for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, Biden alleged that Paul Pelosi’s attacker was using the “same chant” that rioters at the US Capitol used on Jan. 6, 2021.

“You know, it’s reported that the same chant was used by this guy they have in custody that was used on Jan. 6 in the attacks on the US Capitol,” the president told the Democratic donors in attendance.

“The chant was ‘Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy?’ This is despicable,” Biden said. 

The president then angrily suggested the attack was an act of political violence, blaming Republicans for inciting individuals who are mentally ill. 

“There is no place in America — there’s too much violence, political violence, too much hatred, too much vitriol, and what makes us think that one party can talk about stolen elections, COVID being a hoax — this is all a bunch of lies — and it not affect people who may not be so well balance,” Biden said. 

“What makes us think that it’s not going to corrode the political climate. Enough is enough is enough,” he added, asking “every person of good conscience” to “stand up against the violence in our politics.” 

Paul Pelosi
Paul Pelosi underwent skull surgery following the attack.
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Earlier in his speech, the president noted that he had been in communication with the House speaker and “arranged for her” to get from Washington, DC to San Francisco, where the attack took place early Friday morning. 

The president also said that Paul Pelosi is “doing OK” and “seems to be coming along well” and that the whole Pelosi clan is by his side.

Paul Pelosi, 82, underwent surgery on his skull Friday morning after being hit in the head with a hammer during a violent home invasion. 

David DePape, 42, allegedly ambushed the speaker’s husband and was targeting his wife, who was not home at the time. 

David DePape
David DePape has been identified as the alleged attacker.
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DePape, of Berkeley, Calif., is linked by name to two conspiracy blogs and relatives and acquaintances have told CNN that he frequently shared conspiracies on Facebook and seemed “out of touch with reality.”

DePape’s Facebook page featured dozens of posts with false information about COVID-19, the 2020 election and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.



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