During a campaign speech yesterday, New York Republican Rep. and gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin was attacked by a man carrying a sharp object. The attacker was arrested on the spot but was released on his own recognizance after just a couple of hours in custody.
Everybody knows that the headlines about the attack would be far more sensational if a Democrat were attacked by, say, a Trump supporter. Instead we’re seeing a lot of the usual “pouncing” type spin. The New York Times actually has the Republicans doing some “assailing” in the wake of the attack on Zeldin:
"G.O.P. Assails N.Y. Bail Laws."
I guess this is the new pouncing and seizing? pic.twitter.com/WNGbPg4TTx
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) July 22, 2022
Lee Zeldin was almost assassinated. So, naturally, the New York Times phrases the attempted murderer being released early as "Republicans pounce" pic.twitter.com/DlprTnkeAe
— Tadeusz Mrozek, UMBC '25 (@TadeuszMrozek2) July 22, 2022
They’re so dang predictable!
There’s so much wrong with this headline.
— Bill Dumais (@BillDumaisCT) July 22, 2022
“The incident” was also a special touch from the Times:
So, this wasn’t an attack on democracy?
— Jeremy Redfern (@JeremyRedfernFL) July 22, 2022
If the attack had been on a Democrat we think the Times would have found a different word than “incident.”