Christy Smith, a Democrat running for Congress in California, says her opponent, Rep. Mike Garcia, a Republican, owes Paul Pelosi and his family an apology after 42-year-old David DePape allegedly attacked the 82-year-old House Speaker. husband at their home in San Francisco early Friday morning.
“I call it what it is. Radicalization and violence by extremists is a direct result of people like my opponent @RepMikeGarcia,” Smith said in a tweet Friday afternoon. “Mr. Pelosi and family owe you an apology Mike. The people of this country deserve better than your horrible degenerate politics.”
Smith cited a radio clip on Twitter in which Garcia allegedly called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “evil.”
“The fundamental problem with Nancy Pelosi is that she’s evil. There’s no getting around it. There’s no other explanation for it,” Garcia allegedly says in the clip. “She’s not stupid. She’s not ignorant. She’s very politically savvy. And the bottom line is she doesn’t want what’s best for the country. She wants what’s best for her party.”
In response, Garcia said Smith’s comments were “disgraceful.”
“I pray for Paul Pelosi and condemn violence against anyone, no matter who does it. After my volunteers were attacked and my family members’ lives were threatened, I am disgusted by this violent attack. We must hold these individuals accountable.” Garcia said. “For opportunists like @ChristySmithCA to politicize this for personal gain is shameful and despicable. Americans are sick of this violence. We must support law enforcement and accept only law and order. My prayers go out to Paul Pelosi.”
Smith responded to Garcia’s tweet, calling him a “gaslighting perpetrator.”
NANCY PELOSI’S HUSBAND PAUL PELOSI HARASSED BY SUSPECT DAVID DEPAPE WHO SHOUTED ‘WHERE’S NANCY?’: SOURCE
Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was attacked with a hammer in their San Francisco home early Friday morning.
San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said David DePape, 42, faces charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary and other crimes in connection with the incident, which occurred after 2:00 a.m.
Police responded to a welfare check and found DePape and Paul Pelosi struggling with a hammer, according to Scott, who said officers saw DePape take Pelosi’s hammer and then “violently assault” him.
A law enforcement source told Fox News that the suspect yelled, “Where’s Nancy, where’s Nancy?”
PAUL PELOSI SAN FRANCISCO ATTACK: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT VIOLENT HOME INVASION
DePape was then tackled by police and taken into custody. Police are investigating a possible motive.
Two sources said Paul Pelosi was the target of the attack and was severely beaten, suffering blunt force trauma to the head and body. He is being treated for several injuries, including bruising and severe swelling.
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The attack is being investigated by several federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with the San Francisco Police Department.
Fox News Digital has reached out to Garcia for comment.
Greg Norman of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.