8:25 p.m. ET, October 28, 2022
Biden says attack on Paul Pelosi directly ties to right-wing extremism
From CNN's Kevin Liptak
US President Joe Biden speaks at a reception for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party in Philadelphia on Friday.
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President Joe Biden described the attack on the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as "despicable" and directly tied the assault to growing strains of rightwing extremism.
"This is despicable. There’s no place in America — there’s too much violence, political violence. Too much hatred. Too much vitriol," Biden told a fundraising dinner Friday in Philadelphia.
He said the chant the intruder reported used upon entering Pelosi's home — "Where's Nancy?" — was the same one used during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the US Capitol.
The President said it was implausible to cultivate conspiracies like a stolen election and Covid hoaxes without also fostering an environment of extreme violence.
"What makes us think that it's not going to corrode the political climate," he asked.
"Enough is enough is enough," Biden said. "Every good person of good conscience needs to clearly and unambiguously stand up against the violence."
He said he'd spoken to Speaker Pelosi earlier in the day, and helped arrange her travel back to San Francisco.