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Democrats Attacked With Bats



In a chilling display of the escalating political tension in our nation, two staff members of Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly were attacked at his district office in Fairfax, Virginia. The assailant, wielding a baseball bat and allegedly seeking the congressman himself, has been apprehended by police.

My heart goes out to the victims who were simply doing their job – serving the people of Virginia’s 11th Congressional District – when they were confronted by this horrific act of violence. The fact that they have been hospitalized, even with non-life-threatening injuries, is a sobering reminder of the risks public servants face in this increasingly divisive political climate.

The assailant’s identity and motives remain undisclosed as of now, but it’s hard to ignore the potential political undertones of the incident. It’s a stark reminder that, regardless of our political leanings, we must condemn violence and aggression in all its forms. It’s not a tool for discourse, and it never should be.

The attack, as Congressman Connolly rightly points out, is “unconscionable and devastating.” His district office staff are there to serve constituents and the public every day. They are the frontline of our democratic process, connecting the people with their elected representatives. The notion that someone would exploit their accessibility to commit an act of violence is deeply disturbing and is a grim symptom of our polarized political landscape.

This incident should serve as a wake-up call for all of us, regardless of our political affiliations. We must uphold the principles of respect, decency, and non-violence that form the backbone of our society. We need to remember that, at the end of the day, we are all Americans first, and we owe it to each other to engage in civil discourse without resorting to violence.