TIZIANA FABI / AFP
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her pari Paul, during a mass led by the Pope on June 29, 2022 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
UNITED STATES – Fears which have unfortunately come true. The husband of Congressional Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi was “violently attacked” this Friday, October 28 at the couple’s home and hospitalized, announced his spokesperson. What confirm the forecasts of increased violence in the run-up to the US midterm elections.
“Early this morning, an assailant broke into the Pelosi residence in San Francisco and violently assaulted Mr. Pelosi”Drew Hammill said in a statement, adding that Nancy Pelosi was not on site at the time of the attack.
Paul Pelosi, 82, was transferred to hospital, where he is receiving“excellent care”, the spokesperson added. As for the suspect, he was taken into custody. The motives for his attack are now under investigation. “The president and her family are grateful to the first responders and medical professionals involved, and ask for confidentiality at this time”added Drew Hammill.
Election under tension
Less than two weeks before the mid-term elections, on November 8, several American elected officials had sounded the alarm against the renewed violence targeting them. A violence which first increased on social networks, and which would tend to take the path of real life, according to the testimonies of several elected officials.
Republican Senator from Maine Susan Collins recently told the New York Times : “ I wouldn’t be surprised if a senator or a member of the House were killed. What started as abusive phone calls is now translating into active threats of violence and actual violence.” Violence exacerbated by Donald Trump and his “Big Lies” that led to the storming of the Capitol, giving rise to an outpouring of violence and hatred against leading political representatives.
According to Capitol Police, tasked with protecting members of Congress, threats against them have more than doubled since 2017, from 3,939 to 9,625 in 2021.
the Los Angeles Times recalls in this regard that many electoral offices have already taken preventive measures against the threat of violent acts during the midterm voting period. Installation of bulletproof and bombproof glass, shooting training or even fortification of the walls with Kevlar…: there is no shortage of means to anticipate any risk of overflow.
See also on The HuffPost: