(Headline USA) All indications were that Democrats and their fake-news allies hoped to exploit another recent “assault” on a congresswoman to claim, with no evidence, that it was incited by “stochastic terrorism” from Republican critics.
District of Columbia police said Thursday night that they had arrested a suspect in an assault on Democratic Rep. Angie Craig of Minnesota.
Craig was assaulted in the elevator in her Washington apartment building around 7:10 a.m., police said, but the assailant fled when she defended herself.
Craig suffered bruises while escaping serious injury in the attack, which did not appear to be politically motivated, her chief of staff, Nick Coe, said in a statement.
The Metropolitan Police Department said it had arrested 26-year-old Kendrick Hamlin, of no fixed address, and charged him with simple assault.
Even though the assailant, a homeless African–American man, did not appear to be an ultra-MAGA adherent, the Associated Press was among those who insinuated that Republicans were to blame by repeating a suspicious claim about David DePape, the illegal immigrant who assaulted Paul Pelosi just days before last year’s midterm election.
“The attack followed an assault on the husband of then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in their San Francisco home in October by a man who told police his motive was political and that his intended target was the speaker,” wrote the AP.
“Members of Congress have faced a sharp rise in threats since the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol,” it continued. Capitol Police investigated nearly 10,000 threats to members last year, more than twice the number from four years earlier.”
It comes as Capitol law enforcement acknowledge that the $872,000 fence erected for the recent State of the Union address was pure theater since there had been zero indication of threats on the Capitol, the Washington Examiner reported.
Since the Donald Trump administration, leftists also have falsely attempted to blame an uptick in anti-Asian attacks on Trump’s criticism of China over the coronavirus pandemic, even though many of the assailants appeared to be homeless African–American men.
President Joe Biden received no such criticism, however, for making xenophobic remarks in the aftermath of the recent spy-balloon scandal.
The latest hoax also calls to mind the thoroughly debunked Jussie Smollett hoax, in which the failed actor sought media attention by claiming two native Africans wearing Trump hats had assaulted him and put a noose around his neck on a sub-zero night in Chicago, claiming that it was “MAGA country.” Smollett was found guilty of the hoax after he was revealed to have hired the men himself.
Craig won a third term in November in the suburban-to-rural 2nd District south of Minneapolis and St. Paul in one of the most expensive House races in the country, frustrating the GOP’s best hope of flipping a Minnesota seat in an election that gave Republicans a narrow House majority.
Coe said Craig is grateful for the quick response from the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department and has asked for privacy.
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press