Republicans and allied teams nationwide pumped about $50 million into marketing campaign advertisements this cycle invoking, condemning or demonizing Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in response to an evaluation from AdImpact, an ad-tracking agency.
That eclipsed 2020’s complete of $45 million for advertisements that includes anti-Pelosi references in Home races, the agency stated.
Democrats say Republicans’ lengthy historical past of singling out probably the most highly effective girl in Congress, coupled with the GOP’s embrace of election denialism and conspiracy theories, contributed to the brutal assault that hospitalized Pelosi’s husband, Paul, after the alleged assailant broke into their San Francisco house on Friday.
On Monday, the Justice Division charged the person, David DePape, with assault and tried kidnapping. Authorities stated DePape struck Paul Pelosi within the head with a hammer earlier than being restrained by officers. Officers recovered tape, a rope, a second hammer, rubber and fabric gloves and zip ties from the crime scene.
DePape advised San Francisco police he deliberate to carry Nancy Pelosi hostage, and would let her go if she advised the reality and break her kneecaps if she lied.
“The attack on Paul Pelosi shows the real and violent consequences of conspiracy theories and the millions of dollars Republicans have spent targeting Speaker Pelosi,” Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-San Diego) stated. “Elected officials sign up to be in the public eye, but that doesn’t mean we signed up for death threats, harassment and violence — and it certainly doesn’t mean that for our loved ones.”
Republican Nationwide Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel rejected the notion that Republican advertisements are accountable in any approach for the assault on Paul Pelosi.
“You can’t say people saying, ‘Let’s fire Pelosi,’ or, ‘Let’s take back the House,’ is saying, ‘Go do violence,’” she stated on “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s just unfair.”
On Oct. 28, the day her husband was assaulted, Pelosi was featured in practically $1.3 million price of advertisements, together with 97 spots that collectively aired on televisions greater than 3,000 occasions that day.
Whereas the advertisements don’t condone violence, many use battle rhetoric that portrays Pelosi as an enemy in a struggle over the nation’s future.
In response to transcripts of the GOP advertisements, Pelosi’s “failed policies are destroying the American dream,” Pelosi has “declared war on working Americans,” and her agenda is “radical.” Some advertisements name for “strength to fight Biden, Pelosi and the woke mob,” whereas many tout Republican candidates’ energy to struggle again.
The McCarthy Victory Fund, operated by Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) to assist GOP races, has additionally run advertisements invoking Pelosi.
“What has one year of Democrat-controlled Washington given us? Shortages, inflation, crime, chaos, division and failure,” McCarthy says in an advert. “We can end one-party rule, fire Nancy Pelosi and take our country back.”
McCarthy has come beneath fireplace for failing to problem a robust public assertion condemning the assault on Paul Pelosi. A spokesperson launched a press release to reporters who requested one, saying, “Leader McCarthy reached out to the Speaker to check in on Paul and said he’s praying for a full recovery and is thankful they caught the assailant.”
Final 12 months McCarthy joked at a Tennessee fundraiser that if he succeeds Pelosi as Home speaker and he or she turns over the ceremonial gavel to him, it “will be hard not to hit her with it.”
Drew Hammill, a Pelosi spokesperson, responded on the time that “[a] threat of violence to someone who was a target of a #January6th assassination attempt from your fellow Trump supporters is irresponsible and disgusting.”