Former California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer had a scary encounter over the weekend while she walked down an Oakland, California street.
According to the Daily Caller, the former senator was attacked by an assailant in what appears to be a mugging, as the person behind the attack pushed the 80-year-old and managed to steal her cell phone before speeding away in a waiting vehicle.
Thankfully, the elderly former senator was not seriously injured in the brazen, daylight attack.
Boxer spent 10 years as a Democratic lawmaker and put in 24 years as a senator representing her home state of California.
In a statement on the attack, officials with the Oakland Police Department told The Hill that after Boxer was pushed in the back by the assailant, the person “forcefully took loss from the victim and fled in a nearby waiting vehicle.”
The Oakland Police Department’s robbery division is currently investigating the incident, though as of this writing, no suspects have been named. Authorities announced that a $2,000 reward will be offered to anyone who can provide information that leads to an arrest.
A spokesperson for Boxer announced the attack on the former senator’s official Twitter account on Monday.
“Earlier today former Senator Barbara Boxer was assaulted in the Jack London Square neighborhood of Oakland. The assailant pushed her in the back, stole her cell phone and jumped in a waiting car. She is thankful that she was not seriously injured,” the tweet read.
Where’s the media?
According to Fox News, curiously, a number of primetime cable news programs on CNN and MSNBC all but ignored the attack, similar to their convenient lack of coverage of the skyrocketing crime and homelessness problems currently plaguing California.
Normally, such an attack on any former or current senator from either side of the political aisle would meet the requirements for breaking news coverage, but some have suggested that because the attack took place in California, it was purposely ignored in an attempt to continue to downplay the Democrat-led state’s massive crime spike.
Virtually every primetime host on Fox News covered the newsworthy event.
“That these cities almost entirely have progressive mayors suggests some of the lack of coverage is politically motivated,” Cornell Law School professor and media critic William A. Jacobson told Fox News.