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Never ones to let a “crisis” go to waste, President Biden and his fellow travelers are working overtime to accuse Republicans of being behind election violence threats.
“President Joe Biden urged Americans to vote in favor of democracy, reject election-denying candidates, and be patient with results ahead of the first national Election Day held since the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol,” screamed CNBC in its coverage of Biden’s Union Station speech last Wednesday.
“It’s estimated that there are more than 300 election deniers on the ballot all across America this year,” Biden said, speaking at Washington, D.C.’s Union Station. “We can’t ignore the impact this is having on our country. It’s damaging, it’s corrosive and it’s destructive.”
Biden’s omen came with less than a week to go until Election Day and five days after an assailant with a history of sharing right-wing conspiracy theories broke into the home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and attacked her husband with a hammer, causing serious damage to his head.
In his speech Wednesday evening, Biden said Pelosi’s attacker David DePape used the same rhetoric the rioters did on Jan. 6. Biden, without naming Donald Trump, said the former president had the rioters “whipped up into a frenzy” by his big lie that the election of 2020 had been stolen. The lie, Biden said, has led to further political violence and voter intimidation seen over the last two years.
Facts never seem to get in the way of the mainstream media’s penchant for promoting political narratives, even when they contradict facts. Pelosi’s attacker was a deranged individual who once thought he was Jesus. Michael Shellenberger, a former Independent candidate for Governor of California, does better reporting here than CNBC:
DePape lived with a notorious local nudist in a Berkeley home, complete with a Black Lives Matter sign in the window and an LGBT rainbow flag, emblazoned with a marijuana symbol, hanging from a tree. A closer look reveals the characteristics of a homeless encampment, or what Europeans call “an open drug scene.” In the driveway, there is a broken-down camper van. On the street is a yellow school bus, which neighbors said DePape occasionally stayed in. Both are filled with garbage typical of such structures in homeless encampments. People come and go from the house and the vehicles, neighbors say, in part to partake in the use of a potent psychedelic drug, ibogaine.
Neighbors described DePape as a homeless addict with politics that was, until recently, left-wing, but of secondary importance to his psychotic and paranoid behavior.
“What I know about the family is that they’re very radical activists,” said one of DePape’s neighbors, a woman who only gave her first name, Trish. “They seem very left. They are all about the Black Lives Matter movement. Gay pride. But they’re very detached from reality. They have called the cops on several of the neighbors, including us, claiming that we are plotting against them. It’s really weird to see that they are willing to be so aggressive toward somebody else who is also a lefty.”
But the facts must never get in the way of the narrative, especially at taxpayer-funded outlets such as National Public Radio. From KOSU, an Oklahoma NPR affiliate:
As Election Day nears, the recent attack on Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband in their San Francisco home is increasing concerns over political violence around the midterms.
Those concerns were further emphasized by the release of an internal bulletin within federal agencies — on the same day as the Pelosi attack — warning of a heightened threat from domestic violent extremists in the coming weeks.
While troubling indicators — such as growing support for political violence, a rise in threats against elected officials and election workers, and the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol — have clearly signaled the path of the country’s political environment over the past two years, many see the current election cycle as a crucial test of how much those factors will affect the practice of democracy in the United States.
While the internal bulletin warned federal agencies of a heightened threat period, it identified “lone offenders” as the most likely to commit violence, rather than organized extremist groups. It outlined a number of grievances that may motivate those actors, including debunked claims of widespread election fraud and polarizing social topics such as abortion and LGBTQ rights.
But the alert did not indicate that federal law enforcement is aware, at this time, of any specific plans for coordinated or targeted violence.
And it’s everywhere, even in Oklahoma. Daily Oklahoman reporter Chris Casteel:
These will be the first statewide elections since the 2020 presidential contest led to unsubstantiated charges of fraud in some states and a riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
The Justice Department has put U.S. attorneys and FBI field offices on election duty across the country for Tuesday’s voting.
“The Department of Justice is dedicated to protecting the integrity of the election process,” said U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson, of the Northern District of Oklahoma. “Eligible voters must be able to cast their vote free from interference or discrimination. Likewise, election officials and staff must be able to serve without being subject to unlawful threats of violence.”
There may be no “specific plans for coordinated or targeted violence.” Still, you don’t need to travel very far to see where the most recent attacks and threats are directed: Republican candidates for Governor in New York (Lee Zeldin) and Illinois (Darren Bailey) and US Senate in New Hampshire (Don Bolduc).