Ohio Republican Senate hopeful J.D. Vance said the attack on Paul Pelosi wasn't 'reflective of Republicans' because the assailant was a 'violent illeg
At a Fox News Channel Ohio town hall Tuesday night, Vance called the hammer attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s 82-year-old husband ‘disgusting’ and ‘preposterous,’ adding that he condemned it ‘from the very beginning.’
‘What I’ve also said, is that I think the effort to turn this into a political issue actually is a real problem here,’ the Hillbilly Elegy author continued.
‘Because Paul Pelosi was attacked, Paul Pelosi was attacked by a person who was an illegal alien in our country, should have never should have been here in the first place,’ he explained.
The Senate hopeful said his view was ‘we need to deport violent illegal aliens.’
‘And when an illegal alien attacks Paul Pelosi it’s tragic and it’s terrible but it’s not reflective of Republicans, it’s reflective of the fact that we let too many violent people live freely in our country,’ Vance added.
David DePape, the 42-year-old Canadian man facing federal and state charges for the early Friday attack that left Paul Pelosi hospitalized, trafficked in conspiracy theories like QAnon and the 2020 election was stolen, parroting what was falsely pushed out by former Republican President Donald Trump.
Ohio Republican Senate hopeful J.D. Vance said the attack on Paul Pelosi wasn’t ‘reflective of Republicans’ because the assailant was a ‘violent illegal alien,’ during a Fox News Channel town hall event in Ohio Tuesday night
Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance (right), the GOP nominee for Ohio Senate, speaks with (from left) Fox News Channel’s Martha MacCallum and Bret Baier
David DePape (left), the 42-year-old Canadian man facing federal and state charges for the early Friday attack that left Paul Pelosi (right) hospitalized, trafficked in conspiracy theories like QAnon and the 2020 election was stolen
In a court filing Tuesday, prosecutors said DePape’s intentions ‘could not have been clearer,’ wrote San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins. ‘He forced his way into the Pelosi home intending to take the person third in line to the presidency of the United States hostage and to seriously harm her. Thwarted by Speaker Pelosi’s absence, Defendant continued on his quest and would not be stopped, culminating on the near fatal attack on Mr. Pelosi.’
At the scene, DePape volunteered that he was sick of the ‘lies coming out of Washington, D.C.,’ the filing said. ‘I didn’t really want to hurt him, but you know this was a suicide mission.’
‘I’m not going to stand here and do nothing even if it cost me my life,’ the alleged assailant said.
He told police he would break the speaker’s ‘kneecaps’ if she didn’t tell the ‘truth.’
Jenkins said Monday that the attack appeared to be ‘politically motivated.’
‘It’s very sad to see that we are once again at the point in history where people believe that it’s OK to express their political sentiments through violence,’ Jenkins said. ‘It demonstrates that we have to calm things down. We have to decide that we’re going to be more respectful as an American society.’
J.D. Vance’s Democratic rival, Rep. Tim Ryan (pictured) condemned the Paul Pelosi attack, taking particular offense to something Donald Trump Jr. posted
The audience at Tuesday night’s Fox News Channel town hall with Ohio Senate candidates, Republican J.D. Vance and Democrat, Rep. Tim Ryan
Vance and his Senate rival, Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, split an hour-long town hall special on Fox News in front of an audience of Ohio voters.
Each candidate was separately interviewed by Fox’s Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, with Ryan taking the stage first.
The Ohio Democrat condemned the attack during his portion, especially some of the reactions from prominent Republicans.
Ryan took particular offense to a post from Donald Trump Jr. that showed ‘a pair of underwear that a grandpa would wear and a hammer.’
Trump Jr. wrote that the ‘internet remains undefeated’ while sharing a picture of a Twitter user’s ‘Paul Pelosi Halloween costume.’
‘That is atrocious,’ the Democrat commented.
Trump Jr. has made a number of campaign appearances alongside, Vance, who former President Donald Trump endorsed before Ohio’s GOP primary.
‘Is this the country we’re going to leave to our kids and our grandkids?’ Ryan asked.