CNN’s Bash Asks Pelosi if ‘Political Violence’ Had Impact on Midterms

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On the first episode of CNN’s State of the Union since election day, host Dana Bash interviewed Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to gush over the Democrat Party’s better-than-expected performance in both the Senate and House of Representatives races. Not being able to explain the results by pointing to the Democrat Party’s record of 40-year high inflation, open borders, and a deepening recession, Bash asked Pelosi if “political violence” was what caused voters to not issue a clear verdict on Biden’s performance in office. 

“You alluded to this when I asked about your husband. But I just want to ask specifically and kind of point-blank about the fact that there has been such extremism, such political violence, and what happened to your husband was horrific,” Bash huffed before asking “do you think that that had an impact on voters as they cast their ballots?” 

Bash only mentioned the alleged attack on Speaker Pelosi’s husband Paul and not the shooting at GOP congressional candidate Pat Harrigan’s parent’s home, the assassination attempt on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, or the countless attacks on pro-life centers around the country. 

“It wasn’t just the attack, it was the Republican reaction to it which was disgraceful, and that I think really–the attack is horrible,” Pelosi responded. 

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The Speaker then blamed Republicans for not reacting to the attack in the manner she demanded: “that trauma is intensified by the ridiculous disrespectful attitude that the Republicans–there’s nobody dissociating themselves from the horrible response that they gave to it.” 

Bash jumped back in to ask if the violent attacks turned voters off, to which Pelosi responded “they tell me so.” 

No mention or sympathies expressed for the Kavanaugh or Harrigan families for the attack against them and their families. CNN apparently only considers it a threat to democracy when a Democrat is attacked. 

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To read the relevant transcript click “expand”:

CNN’s State of the Union
11/13/2022
9:34:36 a.m. Eastern

DANA BASH: Madam Speaker, you alluded to this when I asked about your husband. But I just want to ask specifically and kind of point-blank about the fact that there has been such extremism, such political violence, and what happened to your husband was horrific. Do you think that that had an impact on voters as they cast their ballots? 

SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI: I know what people tell me, that’s anecdotal. We always say the plural of anecdote is not data, necessarily, but it is a trend in what I’m hearing. It wasn’t just the attack, it was the Republican reaction to it which was disgraceful, and that I think really–the attack is horrible. Imagine how I feel as the one who was the target and my husband paying the price and the traumatic effect on our family, but that trauma is intensified by the ridiculous disrespectful attitude that the Republicans–there’s nobody dissociating themselves from the horrible response that they gave to it.  

BASH: Did it turn voters off?  

PELOSI: They tell me so.

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