Why Biden and Kamala should accept responsibility partially for Pelosi attack; Fox News host sounds off

While speculation swirls about the motivation of the alleged attacker of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) husband, Democrats have once again opted for a partisan “do as I say not as I do” response as one Fox News host called out President Joe Biden’s promise to unite rather than enflame; “That hasn’t happened.”

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The attack on Paul Pelosi left the speaker’s husband hospitalized and recovering from surgery after a blow from a hammer fractured his skull, while his alleged assailant was charged with attempted homicide and burglary among other crimes.

Reports furthered by the administration that the suspect had been specifically looking for Pelosi asking, “Where’s Nancy?” perpetuated the notion of a political aim from the suspect, leading Martha MacCallum to ask on “The Five” whether political violence or mental health issues were the root of the problem.

“I think it is a combination of both,” co-host Kennedy responded before calling out Biden. “I think where we’re at, you know, the president promised to bring down the tenor of political discourse in this country.”

“That hasn’t happened,” she said. “People are more divided.”

As it happened, when speaking with reporters Friday, Vice President Kamala Harris was quick to decry the attack and said, “I did talk with Speaker Pelosi this morning. And, I mean, this was an act of extreme violence. And I think we’re looking at a–at a time in our country where there is so much discourse that is fueled by hate and division. And anyone who professes to be a leader, I think, has to really understand the meaning and the–and the impact of their words and their posture on these things.”

She went on to state, “I pray for Paul’s recovery. I know the Pelosis, and it–this is tragic. Somebody literally broke into their home, saying, ‘Where’s Nancy?’ And–and I–I strongly believe that we all, each one of us, have to speak out against hate, we have to speak out against violence, obviously, and speak to our better selves.”

While Biden also went on to condemn the attack as “despicable” and said, “There’s too much violence–political violence–too much hatred, too much vitriol” while speaking at a Philadelphia fundraiser, like Harris he stoked those flames and added, “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-balanced? What makes us think it’s not going to corrode the political climate?”

“Every person of good conscience needs to clearly and unambiguously stand up against the violence in our politics, regardless of what your politics are,” Biden added.

Such denouncements were non-existent in June when an alleged assassination attempt was carried out against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said as much at the time on Fox News.

“He walked out on the South Lawn; the press is right there–and often times you want to get a message out you stop and say something…We get silence from Joe and Kamala.”

One needn’t look so far back either to see the bias in condemning violence as less than a week before Paul Pelosi was assaulted (for which motive has yet to be determined) a volunteer canvassing for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was brutally attacked in Miami-Dade County and no denouncements were made.

In fact, the senator went on to decry the media for spending days “denying the attack was politically motivated” despite the evidence to the contrary.

“There are people who see words as violence and there are people who, it’s very easy for them to cross the line and commit acts of violence like this because they are moved by their politics,” Kennedy added. “When you combine that kind of rage, that sort of systemic cultural rage that we have right now that hasn’t calmed down with untreated mental illness, that’s when you have things like this happen.”

As to concerns over mental illness being addressed, the cohost said even with the resources being allocated in a state like California, “They’re not doing it right. They really have failed the mentally ill, especially those who are violently mentally ill in that state. And they have not created appropriate systems to identify and treat people like this.”


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