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Chairman Thompson Statement Condemning Attack on Paul Pelosi and Urging Increased Protection of Officials, Elections, and our Democracy

October 28, 2022

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement condemning the recent attack on Paul Pelosi.

“The attack on Paul Pelosi, Speaker Pelosi’s husband, is abhorrent, and my prayers are with him, the Speaker, and their family. Every elected official, regardless of political party, should be outraged and publicly condemn what happened today in no uncertain terms.

“Unfortunately, the attack against Paul Pelosi appears to be a symptom of a much larger problem within our democracy. In recent years, we have seen a rise in domestic terrorism fueled in part by violent, racist, antisemitic, anti-democratic rhetoric. From Charlottesville to January 6, armed attackers sought to impose their views on their fellow citizens not with their vote, but with their fist. Members of Congress and other Federal, State, and local officials have received death threats. So-called vigilantes have been intimidating voters at ballot drop-boxes and harassing local election officials. America is better than this.

“I call on my colleagues in Congress and elected officials across the nation to put country over party and reject the conspiracy theories that are proving so divisive, despite any perceived political advantage. As Chairman of both the Committee on Homeland Security and the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol, I urge Federal agencies and law enforcement to redouble their efforts to protect officials, our elections, and our democracy in the days ahead.”

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