The folks on The View never disappoint. During a discussion about the attack on Paul Pelosi, the crew attacked the GOP and Fox News claiming they have blame on their ‘hands’.
David DePape, 42, faces a slew of felony charges in relation to the attack, which required Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to undergo surgery to repair a skull fracture in addition to other injuries.
District Attorney Brooke Jenkins announced the charges – including attempted murder, residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse, among others – during a news conference Monday.
Jenkins said DePape broke into the Pelosis’ residence through a rear glass door and entered a bedroom where Paul Pelosi was sleeping. Paul Pelosi tried to use a phone in the couple’s in-home elevator, but according to Jenkins, DePape blocked him from doing so.
The obviously mentally ill man was reportedly a drug addict and a far-left extremist according to his neighbors and friends. His ex-life partner told outlets from jail on separate charges that DePape is ‘mentally unwell’ and ‘paranoid’. She claimed that after DePape disappeared once for a year that he returned believing that he was Jesus Christ.
The View host Sara Haine segway into blame by talking about what happened to Gabby Gifford saying, “that was a change for this one Republican strategist, Doug Heye, who after – he used to be part of a fire Pelosi campaign. And after the Gabby Giffords incident, he said enough is enough. And he is quoted as saying, “Any time there’s any political violence or the threat of it, the ultra-partisans go into other side mode. My side’s good, your side’s bad.”
The cast went on to blame other members of the GOP like Ted Cruz for beliefs about what actually happened on January 6th. Whoopi Goldberg later interrupted as the show entered its next break, adding:
“Hey, Fox News some of this is on your hands. Some of this is on your hands. You like to call people out. Well, I’m calling you all out, stop with “that side is not good.” This is what it puts out there. It tells people that you think it’s okay to do this. Stop doing it. We’ll be right back.”
SARA HAINES: As you mentioned Gabby Gifford’s, that was a change for this one Republican strategist, Doug Heye, who after – he used to be part of a fire Pelosi campaign. And after the Gabby Giffords incident, he said enough is enough. And he is quoted as saying, “Any time there’s any political violence or the threat of it, the ultra-partisans go into other side mode. My side’s good, your side’s bad.”
And I have been hearing a lot, when people talk about this. Whether than just saying, “wielding a hammer and attacking someone is wrong on all counts, this is completely out of bounds.” I’m hearing that it’s the crime problem, it’s that we have a crime problem.
What’s interesting here this man so far has not indicated any criminal past, he does have mental health issues, according to an ex-girlfriend, and he also has addiction problems. Now, the right is all about mental health when it’s about guns because then we don’t have to talk about the guns, we’ll talk about mental health. But when it comes for mental health being the issue for this person doing this crime, we’re not going to talk about it. We’re going to gut health care at every corner.
There’s got to be an out of bounds. This is: take your jersey off and condemn this at all costs.
SUNNY HOSTIN: But the other thing here is a Washington Post/University of Maryland poll from just this January, after January 6, found that 1 in 3 Americans said it could sometimes be justified for citizens to take violent action against the government or government actors and 40 percent of Republicans said violent actions could be justified compared to 23 percent of Democrats.[Crosstalk]
HOSTIN: So, I think we need to mention that “other sides,” “both sides” thing.
BEHAR: That’s what I want to say. There’s no both sides here.
BEHAR: And lot of them like to say it, including Ted Cruz when he was here. And I’d like to remind everybody that it was the Democrats – not the Democrats who stormed the government that day and tried to kill the vice president. Okay?
And the Republicans now coming up to the next election, which is next week by the way, all they do is talk about crime, crime, crime. Well, I looked it up, murders in major cities have fallen by four percent so far in 2022 compared with the same period a year ago. So, crime is not on the rise it’s actually going down under Joe Biden.
ALYSSA FARAH GRIFFIN: But what is on the rise is political violence. And I want to say unequivocally political violence left, right, center is wrong. To those in my party who are not calling this out directly: shame on you. This is an 82-year-old man. He’s been charged with elderly abuse for what he did.
And really quickly, I was working for the Freedom Caucus when the 2017 congressional baseball shooting took place.
BEHAR: What is that?
FARAH GRIFFIN: My bosses were actually targeted. At the time—
HOSTIN: Ted Cruz was part of the freedom caucus —
FARAH GRIFFIN: No. It’s actually just House members. Steve Scalise was nearly killed in that shooting. The difference is every Democrat roundly condemned it. And they rooted for his recovery. What is happening we should be ashamed of. The fact that we can’t unequivocally call out wrong doing. This is – I fear it’s going to get worse before it gets better. I pray that that is wrong. But, I mean, our thoughts and our prayers are with Pelosi.[Crosstalk]
BEHAR: Well, you’re in a position to tell them.
GOLDBERG: Hey, Fox News some of this is on your hands. Some of this is on your hands. You like to call people out. Well, I’m calling you all out, stop with “that side is not good.” This is what it puts out there. It tells people that you think it’s okay to do this. Stop doing it. We’ll be right back.
Erica Carlin is an independent journalist, opinion writer and contributor to several news and opinion sources. She is based in Georgia.