During a home invasion last week, Paul Pelosi, the husband of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, was brutally beaten with a hammer. At the time of the break-in, the first was apparently in Washington with her protection detail. After the event, Republican nominee for governor Kari Lake of Arizona was sanctioned for making a joke about it.
Lake noted Monday at a campaign rally in Scottsdale on school security:
“It is not difficult to protect our children in school, as they portray. Nancy Pelosi, well, she’s got security while she’s in DC, but her home doesn’t seem to have any protection at all.”
She went on to say:
“If our MPs, politicians and athletes can have security, then clearly the most important people in our lives – our children – should be protected.”
Although Lake managed to get a laugh from the audience during her presentation, she was punished online for the nature of her joke. According to reports, Paul Pelosi remained in critical condition Monday following skull surgery at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Meanwhile, his attacker, David DePape, was arrested and charged with assault and attempted kidnapping. According to an FBI charge filed against DePape, he assaulted Paul Pelosi “with the aim of retaliating against “Nancy Pelosi” for discharge from official responsibilities.”
Twitter responds to Kari Lake’s attack on Paul Pelosi joke.
On Friday, Paul Pelosi caused widespread concern in the United States when he was beaten with a hammer by a home intruder named David DePape. He was hospitalized as a result of the event, which resulted in “serious injuries to his right arm and hands” and a “skull fracture”. While Pelosi recovered from surgery and remained in intensive care, Arizona Governor Kari Lake, GOP, laughed at the incident at a campaign rally. After her comments, numerous Twitter users called out the legislator for her joke:
She should blame Nancy Pelosi.. Bowser for not calling in the National Guard!!!!!!! They Let The Chaos Happen… Capitol Mom Police Officer Brian Sicknick Blames ‘People Like Kari Lake’ For His Deathhttps://t.co/D29Rj5jprX
— Kelly Reardon (@KellyReardon10) Nov 2, 2022
Kari Lake just said: “Nancy Pelosi, well, she has protection when she’s in DC – apparently her house doesn’t have much protection.” The crowd burst into laughter and the interviewer laughed so hard that he covered his face with his notes. pic.twitter.com/JCBxbrpw9V
— Kate Sullivan (@KateSullivanDC) October 31, 2022
Despite the ensuing outcry, Kari Lake addressed her comments during a performance with Tucker Carlson. She stated:
“We cannot discuss any of these concerns because the media has informed us that they are banned.” You can’t talk about vaccinations, elections, Paul Pelosi or Nancy Pelosi, and now you can’t talk about Nancy Pelosi.”
She went on:
“I’m talking about all those things.”
Kari Lake’s address was also broadcast on CNN’s The Morning. Co-host Don Lemon called her statement “bad,” and reporter Audie Cornish pointed out to her audience:
“To be honest, what scares me the most about Kari Lake is the laughter of the crowd.” Not the comment. That is our joint responsibility.”
Citroen also stated:
“The moderator, the guy sitting next to her, just laughs because he thinks something like that is funny, and the audience laughs too.”
He also said other Republicans are making questionable comments about Paul Pelosi’s attack, calling the situation “terrible”:
“Some Republican votes have been raised. Mitch McConnell and others for example. [Kevin] McCarthy, but for the most part it’s been pretty quiet, and there’s people saying stuff like Don Jr., tweeting stuff, but not even posting the video of it. What they are doing is horrific.”
Nancy Pelosi released a statement late Monday night saying that Paul Pelosi is “steadily improving” but will have a “long rehabilitation journey”.