June 14, 2021

Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home targeted by vandals

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has led her party in the fight against passing a second coronavirus relief package. That decision to delay while Americans suffered may have just hit home for her — literally.

Pelosi was just targeted by vandals, who attacked her San Francisco home with a message spray-painted on the garage door, red paint smeared on the pavement and a severed pig’s head left nearby, The National Pulse reported. Vandals scrawled “Cancel rent” and “We want everything” as well as the figure “$2K” crossed out, possibly referring to the proposed amount of new relief checks that have outraged many.

Police were called to the scene in the early morning hours on New Year’s Day. There are no suspects in the vandalism, although the initials “UBI” included in the message could indicate a person or group affiliated with the universal basic income movement, the New York Post speculated. The door was later covered up and the pavement cleared of the pig’s head and paint.

The link with a recent stimulus package comes after an bill that caused dicontent on both sides of the aisle. Even as President Donald Trump and Democrats agreed to increase personal relief checks to $2,000, the fact remains that the relief is inadequate and months too late.

While it is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who is holding up the most recent iteration of the bill that he dubbed  “socialism for rich,” it was Pelosi’s reluctance to cede any ground to Trump prior to the 2020 presidential election that has caused significant delays. Even Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders agreed that his party was responsible for the obstructionism that harmed Americans already pummeled by several months of COVID-19 lockdowns, Fox News reported.

Many on social media thought Pelosi was getting what she deserved. However, McConnell’s Kentucky home was also similarly vandalized in what he called a “radical tantrum” taken out of a “toxic playbook., The New York Times reported. The message on his home also apparently referenced the contentious stimulus bill, with “weres my money” painted on his front door.

“I’ve spent my career fighting for the First Amendment and defending peaceful protest,” McConnell said in a statement to the news outlet. “I appreciate every Kentuckian who has engaged in the democratic process whether they agree with me or not. This is different. Vandalism and the politics of fear have no place in our society.”

Although there is no indication these incidents are directly related, it does speak to the frustration and desperation of Americans who have suffered through economic hardship at the hands of their own government. Businesses have closed for good, families have gone most of the year without income, children are not allowed back at school, and there seems to be no end in sight to any of it.

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