Kari Lake, the Republican nominee for governor in Arizona, joked about Nancy Pelosi’s attack on her husband at a Monday campaign event, drawing laughter from the crowd.
Lake was asked about school security and suggested that students should have the same protection as federal legislators.
“Nancy Pelosi? Well, she’s got Protection when she’s in D.C. her house doesn’t have a lot of protection,” Lake stated at a Scottsdale campaign event, in Arizona. This elicited laughter from all those in attendance.
Lake stated that if lawmakers could have protection, and if politicians can be protected, then athletes should have protection.
Pelosi’s husband, Paul, aged 82, was attacked at their San Francisco home on Friday. When the burglary occurred, the speaker was visiting Washington, D.C. with her security detail.
Monday’s federal complaint alleged that David DePape (42), tried to kidnap the speaker without knowing that she was not home at the time. DePape also planned to break her kneecaps, according to the complaint.
Lake didn’t answer questions about the comment in an interview but said that he couldn’t discuss all of these issues because the media had told him they were prohibited. Talking about vaccines is not allowed. You cannot talk about elections.
She added, “I’m speaking about all of these things.”
A source familiar with the situation stated Monday that Paul Pelosi was still being treated in intensive care. He was surrounded by his family.
Lake is not the only high-profile Republican to make comments about the attack.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who fought alongside Lake this month in Virginia, was criticized for making comments that touched on the incident only hours after the attack.
“Speaker Pelosi’s husband, they had an attack last night on their home and they were broken into. Youngkin spoke at a rally in Stafford County for Republican congressional candidate Yesli Vegas.
Kristin Davison, the spokesperson for Youngkin, clarified what Youngkin meant when she was asked. “The assault on Paul Pelosi, as the government clearly stated, was wrong and there is no place for violence. He wishes him a speedy recovery and will keep the Pelosi family in his prayers.