Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) just told Axios that “somebody is going to die.”
Dingell’s comment follows the recent violent attack that was carried out on Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
A man broke into Pelosi’s California house on Friday, which led to a confrontation between the man and Paul Pelosi. That confrontation ended with the suspect striking Pelosi with a hammer, causing injuries that required surgery.
The suspect in the attack has been identified as 42-year-old David DePape. DePape has been arrested and charged with a long list of crimes, including attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary, and more.
What remains unclear, however, are DePape’s motivations. There are reports that DePape has recently pushed conspiracy theories that have been described as far to the right on the political spectrum. There are also reports that DePape may have been mentally ill.
The investigation is ongoing. In the meantime, the incident has become highly politicized with even President Joe Biden going so far as to insinuate that the attack is the fault of Republicans.
“What makes us think that one party can talk about stolen elections, COVID being a hoax – it’s all a bunch of lies – and not affect people who might not be so well balanced?” Biden asked on Friday.
It is in this context that Axios just published the report quoting Dingell as stating that “somebody is going to die” as a result of the political divisiveness that currently exists in America.
“Members of Congress are sounding new alarms about their personal security — and broader concerns about what the drumbeat of threats against prominent political figures means for them and for the country,” Axios writes.
The outlet goes on to report that, in the wake of the attack on Pelosi, there have been congressional calls for increased security for well-known politicians and their families.
“Some lawmakers have called for concrete action after the attack on Paul Pelosi — including a legislative response,” Axios writes.
Political violence is certainly on the rise, and something needs to be done to lower the temperature. But, it’s not going to happen when you have the president of the United States publicly blaming Republicans for the attack before the police even get a chance to finish their investigation.