Given what we know about Paul Pelosi’s injuries and the type of treatment he received, he’s lucky to be alive.
His wife is the second in line to the President; the third most senior statesman in the United States.
She is at the top of the Democratic Party, a close ally of President Joe Biden and a past target of far-right political extremists.
She was one of the specific targets of the January 6, 2021, attack on Capitol Hill in Washington. Soon after she was evacuated, thugs entered her office.
Authorities are still studying the suspect’s background to determine the exact motive for the attack.
His online footprint may prove key.
Links to known extremist groups, if any, will be checked.
Local police are receiving support from the FBI – the federal government’s involvement hints at a potential political motive.
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The broad political environment in which this attack took place cannot be ignored.
As the midterm elections loom, America is deeply and dangerously divided.
Threats against politicians on both sides have increased.
Former President Donald Trump continues to insist, without any evidence, that the 2020 election was stolen from him – a claim that sparked the Jan. 6, 2021 violence and continues to anger some population.
US Capitol Police (protecting politicians on Capitol Hill) reported 9,625 threats and related actions/statements against members of Congress in 2021, compared to 3,939 in 2017.
As voters head to the Nov. 8 midterms, law enforcement agencies across the country are warning of a growing threat to politicians and officials who help run the election.