Earlier, we told you about Jennifer Rubin’s ridiculous takeaway from the recent violent attack on Paul Pelosi by a man who broke into the Pelosis’ San Francisco home. Here it is again, for your reading pleasure/annoyance:
if Republicans would stop inciting violence crime might go down
— Jennifer "Pro-privacy" Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) October 30, 2022
It’s exactly the sort of take we’ve come to expect from her, given that Trump Derangement Syndrome caused her to mutate from a relatively reasonable conservative-type person into … whatever the hell she is now. She doesn’t care to wait for all the facts before spouting off.
NEW: The ex-girlfriend of David DePape, the suspect in the Paul Pelosi attack, says that mental illness and drug use caused him to deteriorate so profoundly that he grew convinced that “he was Jesus for a year.” https://t.co/P7v8HVjFcy
— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) October 31, 2022
At least Rubin maybe kinda-sorta-but-not-really had the excuse of sending out her tweet before the San Francisco Chronicle sent theirs. But we can’t say the same for the New York Times. There’s absolutely no excuse for this:
The attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband on Friday, which left him with a fractured skull and appeared to be part of a planned attack on the speaker herself, came after a yearslong campaign by Republicans to demonize and dehumanize her. https://t.co/eYO0ucylbh
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 31, 2022
The article was published last night, but the tweet went out this morning.
And it took not one, not two, but three “journalists” to assemble this crap sandwich of an article.
The attack on Ms. Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, on Friday, which left him with a fractured skull and appeared to be part of a planned attack on the speaker herself, came after a yearslong campaign by Republicans to demonize and dehumanize Ms. Pelosi in increasingly ugly ways.
For the better part of two decades, Republicans have targeted Ms. Pelosi, the most powerful woman in American politics, as the most sinister Democratic villain of all, making her the evil star of their advertisements and fund-raising appeals in hopes of animating their core supporters. The language and images have helped to fuel the flames of anger at Ms. Pelosi on the right, fanned increasingly in recent years by a toxic stew of conspiracy theories and misinformation that has thrived on the internet and social media, with little pushback from elected Republicans.
Ms. Pelosi is now one of the most threatened members of Congress in the country.
After the grisly assault on Mr. Pelosi, 82, many Republican lawmakers and leaders denounced the violence, but hardly any spoke out against the brutal political discourse that has given rise to an unprecedented wave of threats against elected officials. Most instead tried to link the incident to rising crime rates across the country that the party has made a centerpiece of its campaign message ahead of the midterm elections that are just days away.
They’re really going to blame the Republican Party and GOP ads painting Nancy Pelosi in a negative light for the actions of one man who has apparently been completely off his rocker for some time now. Ads about Mitt Romney murdering a woman by giving her cancer or about Paul Ryan pushing grandma off a clip are totally fine, but ads calling Nancy Pelosi out as an elitist hypocrite? Incitement to right-wing violence. And then — and then! — they’re going to shame the Republican Party for denouncing the violence against Paul Pelosi but not taking responsibility for a crazy man’s actions.
Maybe take a cue from San Francisco and do some actual reporting you hacks https://t.co/m9Dl6EfFBw
— 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗠𝗲 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗮𝘁𝗮 (@txsalth2o) October 31, 2022
I fear this piece won't age well. The full facts and circumstances are not yet known. Closing the case and placing the blame on Republicans is premature.
— William Marshall (@MarshallTrade) October 31, 2022
We’d like to think that the New York Times would know better than to something like this, but we’d be deluding ourselves. They’re nothing but an outlet for partisan garbage. This is genuinely shameful and downright disgusting.
What a dishonest rag. https://t.co/dbqSNAir33
— Fuzzy Chimp 🇺🇸 (@fuzzychimpcom) October 31, 2022
Enemy of the people https://t.co/bdBF3iU8jy
— SoothingDave (@SoothingDave) October 31, 2022