by Quoth the Raven, QTR’s Fringe Finance:
There’s a good chance the attack happened exactly as the media and left-wing politicians are reporting it. But I’ve also identified five questions everyone should be anxiously awaiting the answers to.
Everybody was stunned on Friday morning when news broke that the 82 year old husband of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi had been assaulted inside of his home early in the morning with a hammer.
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The shock and awe grew after it seemed to become clear that the assailant was looking for the Speaker of the House herself – the third in line to the Presidency.
An assailant broke into the home and asked “Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy?”, according to NBC in the Bay Area.
San Francisco police Chief Bill Scott called it an “intentional” attack:
“This was not a random attack. This was intentional. And it’s wrong. Our elected officials are here to do the business of their cities, their counties, and their states, and this nation. Their families don’t sign up for this — to be harmed. And it’s wrong.”
As such, DePape is now facing charges of attempted murder and other felonies.
I wholly condemn the attack, as I do all violence (especially political violence).
“This is an outrage and our hearts are with the entire Pelosi family. We pray Paul will make a full recovery,” former VP Mike Pence Tweeted this weekend.
And though I am hardly a fan of Ted Cruz, I think he said it best when he wrote on Twitter this weekend:
“We can have our political differences, but violence is always wrong & unacceptable.”
It is not in any way in dispute that Pelosi was attacked violently and wound up in the hospital as a result of his injuries.
It is also not in dispute that 911 was called and dispatcher Heather Grimes had the intuition to order a wellness check at the household based on what she heard. Her intuition may very well have saved Pelosi’s life, and she should be commended for it.
Politicians on the left wasted absolutely no time attributing the Pelosi attack to “The Republican Party” and “far right white nationalists”.
And, as Glenn Greenwald writes on Sunday morning, it’s “very possible that the instantly formed media narrative…will be proven true”.
For example, Hillary Clinton said on Saturday:
“The Republican Party and its mouthpieces now regularly spread hate and deranged conspiracy theories. It is shocking, but not surprising, that violence is the result. As citizens, we must hold them accountable for their words and the actions that follow.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar Tweeted out on Saturday that the attacker, DePape, was a “far right white nationalist”:
“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, and the Republican Party’s response is to either ignore it or belittle it.”
President Joe Biden, with seemingly little to no evidence, attributed the attack to 2020 election deniers
“You can’t just say, feel badly about the violence, we condemn it. Condemn what produces the violence.
This talk produces the violence. The generic point I want to make is it’s one thing to condemn the violence but you can’t condemn the violence unless you condemn those people who continue to argue the election was not real, that it’s being stolen.”
While these politicians may ultimately prove to be right, it’s worth noting that there are some basic journalistic gaps in the story that need to be answered.
The first question we are left to wonder is the obvious: what was DePape’s true motivation?
Both sides in the media have painted the assailant in different lights. For example, Politico wrote that “he subscribed to the discredited narrative that the 2020 presidential election was illegitimate and espoused a range of bigoted and radical beliefs. He expressed anti-Semitic views and appeared to embrace the QAnon movement, which posits a secret cabal of pedophiles has been protected by people in power.”
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