A man who posted delusional creeds online, echoing QAnon and election denial conspiracies, broke into the San Francisco home of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, shouting “Where’s Nancy?”
When he couldn’t find his intended target, he sated his rage by attacking her 82-year-old husband, fracturing his skull with a hammer.
The only acceptable reaction to this shocking act of brutality is to condemn the attacker and the inflammatory rhetoric by Republican leaders that incites such acts of violence against innocent human beings.
Donald Trump Jr. didn’t respond with words of compassion for Nancy Pelosi and her husband, and he didn’t attempt to lower the temperature by pleading for civility and unity.
Instead, Junior posted an image of a hammer and white briefs to his Instagram with the caption: “Got my Paul Pelosi Halloween costume ready”, cruelly mocking the seriously injured husband of the House Speaker.
The briefs are an allusion to a baseless conspiracy theory that Paul Pelosi met his attacker at a gay bar. Nothing could be further from the truth; police have said on record that Paul Pelosi and his attacker did not know each other prior to the assault.
Instead of emulating the childish, cruel and evil behavior of his father, Junior should have followed the example of Mike Pence who denounced the attack on Paul Pelosi and called for a full prosecution of the man responsible.