Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the Republicans for failing to speak out against last week’s attack on Paul Pelosi, the husband of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), in spite of running on an anti-crime platform.
Appearing on MSNBC’s ‘The ReidOut’ on Tuesday, the former first lady pointed out why the GOP was a threat to democracy — something that the voters don’t “really understand.”
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“This midterm election, we have seen a lot of ads by Republicans running for everything touting crime. ‘Crime is the issue,’” Clinton told Reid.
“But when an 82-year-old man is attacked by an intruder in his own home, they don’t seem to be too bothered by that because that person is married to the speaker of the House, who’s of a different political party,” she added.
She blamed the Republicans for “violent rhetoric,” claiming that it contributed to the attack on Pelosi’s husband and that alone should disqualify “people who are running for office.”
“I want voters to stop and ask themselves: Would we trust somebody who is stirring up these violent feelings?” she asked. “… Why would you trust that person to have power over you, your family, your business, your community?”
She added: “I didn’t see a big outpouring on the part of elected officials to stand with Nancy Pelosi the way she has stood with Republicans as well as Democrats in times of real terror like on Jan 6.”
“So ask yourselves, please, why would you entrust power to people who they themselves are unable to see how terrible it is that someone may be attacked in their home or don’t really care because they somehow think it’ll get them votes or get them elected? This is a real threat to the heart of democracy,” Clinton continued.
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David DePape, the suspected attacker broke into the Pelosis’ home in San Francisco on Friday, with the intention of assaulting Pelosi and breaking “her kneecaps.” However, the Democratic leader was not at home at the time and her husband, Paul, ended up being attacked with a hammer after calling 911.
Paul remains in the hospital after undergoing surgery. DePape has been charged with attempted murder and attempted kidnapping of a U.S. official.