According to U.S. Capitol Police, threats against Congress members have increased more than twice since 2017.
Friday’s brutal home invasion attackThis latest act of violence against congressmen is committed by Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker. San Francisco authorities claim that the suspect demanded to know whereabouts of Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.
On Monday, David DePape, 42, was charged with one count of “attempted kidnapping of a US official on account of the performance of official duties,” according to the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California.
According to the office, Paul Pelosi’s alleged attacker was also charged federally with assault.
According to Capitol police figures in 2017, there were 3,939 threats against members of Congress.
That number nearly tripled to 9,625, by 2021. During that span, Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became one of the most targeted members of Congress, The New York Times reported.
Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins was also threatened when she voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. “I wouldn’t be surprised if a senator or House member were killed,” she told The Times. “What started with abusive phone calls is now translating into active threats of violence and real violence.”
Examples of this were the Jan. 6 riots. Protesters stormed the Capitol shouting for Pelosi, and threatened her. Several Capitol police officers were also hurt in the attack, and four of them later died from their injuries.