In the wake of the sickening, violent attack on Paul Pelosi, husband of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, we were treated to a rare sight: Democrats demanding justice on behalf of the victim of a violent crime.

Pelosi’s attacker, David DePape, horrifyingly told police he had intended to tie-up Mrs. Pelosi and break her kneecaps.

But when he broke into her home to find the speaker away, he attacked her 82-year-old husband and fractured Paul’s skull with a hammer.

There is no sane American who wasn’t revolted and deeply saddened by this abominable attack.

On Tuesday, DePape was charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, residential burglary, false imprisonment and threatening the life of or serious bodily harm to a public official.

He was held without bond for the time being due to the ‘extreme public safety risk he poses.’

It is exactly the way a violent, mentally ill, homeless individual who attacked a vulnerable, elderly person should be treated.

And yet, all too often, progressives spend their time lobbying for perpetrators of crimes, their victims be damned.

Think of Keaira Bennefield, a mother of three, who shared with police footage of her estranged husband savagely beating her.

There is no sane American who wasn't revolted and deeply saddened by this abominable attack.

There is no sane American who wasn’t revolted and deeply saddened by this abominable attack.

‘I was screaming for help the whole time,’ she told investigators. ‘I thought I was going to die.’

But her husband was charged with just a misdemeanor and released without bail, whereupon he murdered Keaira in front of her three children.

Or think of Tommy Bailey, a father of three who was stabbed to death on a New York City subway by a homeless man, Alvin Charles, who was released without bail after stabbing another man on another subway.

Or remember Saiko Koma, who was killed by a man with three arrests for armed robbery on his record, who was out on probation when he murdered her.

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Or think of Rong Xin Liao, an 84-year-old grandfather who, much like Paul Pelosi, had his head bashed in when 24-year-old Eric Ramos-Hernandez jump-kicked him in the face.

Unlike David DePape, Ramos-Hernandez was released from jail and ‘diverted’ back to his own home for ‘mental health treatment.’

Too bad Rong Xin Liao and Saiko Koma and Keaira Bennefield didn’t have the good luck of being rich, white, and married to political royalty, or they may have seen justice, too.

They may have been met with representatives who cared about them, the victims of heinous violent acts, more than their assailants and killers.

Instead, because they were not white and rich and royal, they were treated to the usual fare from a party that endlessly lobbies for bail reform laws and homeless encampments in working class neighborhoods and compassion for violent, mentally ill drug addicts.

Why don’t they have more sympathy for their own voters?

81 percent of Black Americans and 82 percent of Black Democrats told the Pew Research Center that crime is a ‘very important’ factor in who they will be voting for these midterms.

They’re right to worry: Violent crime is on the rise across the nation, and it’s disproportionately impacting Black Americans.

From New York to Mississippi to Louisiana, Black Americans make up the majority of the victims of homicide, despite being a small minority of the total residents.

You would think that the party that has relied on Black voters for every political victory in recent memory would be prioritizing their most loyal voting bloc.

You would be wrong.

Unfortunately for the victims of violent crime, that same Pew study that found that just 33 percent of white Democrats are also greatly worried about it.

Call it the wokeness gap.

All too often, progressives spend their time lobbying for perpetrators of crimes, their victims be damned.

All too often, progressives spend their time lobbying for perpetrators of crimes, their victims be damned.

White Democrats are increasingly part of an overeducated coastal elite who live in tony neighborhoods far from where crime is rampant, where they drive up real estate values with their two-income professional households in increasingly economically and racially segregated areas in America’s most expensive cities.

Meanwhile, they sentence their working-class neighbors to live in enclaves increasingly ruled by violent crime—while they burnish their elite credentials by supporting movements like Defund the Police that make their neighbors even less safe.

It’s just adding insult to injury that so much of this progressive posturing is done in the name of racial justice.

And when faced with a choice between working-class minorities and upper-class white progressives, it’s clear which of their constituencies Democratic politicians have chosen to cater to.

While working-class liberals struggle with crime and paying the bills, their party is increasingly speaking to elites whose biggest concerns are abortion and climate change.

That’s what another Gallup poll found: Republican voters are most motivated by the economy, immigration, and crime—all concerns for lower income Americans living in more dangerous neighborhoods with jobs that pay less and are threatened by immigrant labor.

Meanwhile, Democratic voters are most concerned with abortion, climate change, and gun policy; they want to decriminalize illegal possession of a handgun, but God forbid someone have a hunting rifle in their home!

At the end of the day, this may look like a political divide, but it’s not: It’s about class.

One party is increasingly speaking to the working class, while the other party is speaking only to its privileged elites who make a career out of policing each other’s language and calling each other racist if they don’t support abolishing prisons and police.

Instead of heeding the concerns of desperate Americans across the nation, Democrats and their media allies have been putting immense amounts of energy into downplaying crime.

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A year ago, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called concern over the crime wave headline-driven hysteria.

‘We are seeing these headlines about percentage increases,’ Ocasio-Cortez said during a virtual town hall in July. ‘Now, I want to say that any amount of harm is unacceptable and too much, but I also want to make sure that this doesn’t drive a hysteria and that we look at these numbers in context.’

New York City Mayor Eric Adams (above) for example, lambasted the false 'perception' of rising crime on the subway.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams (above) for example, lambasted the false ‘perception’ of rising crime on the subway.

The Congresswoman provided the template that Democrats and the media would turn to again and again since: Ignore your voters and cast their concerns as hysteria created by conservative media.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams for example, lambasted the false ‘perception’ of rising crime on the subway.

‘We have an average of less than six crimes a day on a subway system with 3.5 million riders,’ Adams told CNN’s Chris Wallace. ‘But if you write your story based on a narrative, then you’re going to look at the worst of those six crimes and put it on the front pages of your paper every day.’

‘Cannot overstate the degree to which gruesome surveillance footage of black people committing violent crimes has become the quasi-permanent wallpaper on Fox these days,’ tweeted MSNBC host Chris Hayes in October.

One wonders why Hayes sees only the perpetrators—but never the victims of violent crime, who are also overwhelmingly black.

Democrats have an opportunity after the horrific attack on Paul Pelosi to do a little soul searching, now that they have exercised that muscle one uses to feel for the victims of horrific acts of violence—long-atrophied on the Left.

One hopes they learn to extend its use to poor and working-class black Americans, whose votes they covet.

They are deserving of some sympathy as well.


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