House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) home was vandalized Friday morning with political messages and spray paint, including an apparent reference to a stimulus check enhancement that she supported and that the House also passed on Monday.
According to local CBS News affiliate KPIX, the act of vandalism occurred mere hours into the New Year. A photo from the scene shows several political messages on the garage door, including “cancel rent,” “we want everything,” “UBI,” an apparent reference to Universal Basic Income, and “$2K.” A severed pig’s head was also left in front of the house in the middle of what the news agency describes as red paint.
The new year brought a disturbing discovery at the San Francisco home of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, where, early Friday morning, vandals spray-painted her house and left a severed pig’s head in front of her garage. https://t.co/GO7lZk41SC
— KPIX 5 (@KPIXtv) January 2, 2021
Pelosi was reportedly not home at the time of the incident.
“I don’t think that this is a useful way to go about it and it’s a terrible start to this new year, when we are hoping for less anger and hatred than we’ve had to deal with for the last year,” a neighbor to Pelosi told local CBS News affiliate KPIX-5.
The home of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was also reported as vandalized, an act that included the spray painting of political messages and expletives. A photo of the scene posted by the Louisville Courier Journal shows a Christmas wreath on the black front door, and the words “Where’s my money” painted underneath it.
Mitch McConnell’s Louisville home vandalized following his blockage of $2,000 checks https://t.co/Q1gI7NOP83
— Courier Journal (@courierjournal) January 2, 2021
“Vandalism and the politics of fear have no place in our society,” said the majority leader Saturday. “My wife and I have never been intimidated by this toxic playbook. We just hope our neighbors in Louisville aren’t too inconvenienced by this radical tantrum.”
The Pelosi-led House of Representatives passed an enhancement for the stimulus checks that were recently signed into law by President Donald Trump. While the president and 44 House Republicans have supported the idea of increasing the size of the stimulus checks, the Senate has not agreed to take up a stand-alone vote for the policy, and many Republicans have resisted the idea.
In a rare New Year’s Day session, McConnell said a “huge chunk” of the enhanced stimulus checks would be sent to people who don’t need it, amounting to “socialism for rich people, money flowing into households earning well over six figures who did not lose any jobs or income last year.”
“This is simply not targeted relief for the people who need it the most,” said Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-SD), who objected to the House-passed stimulus checks bill in the Friday legislative session. “Those who say that we should just vote on this flawed House bill conveniently leave out the fact that they do not want us to amend it to make it better to deliver more assistance to people who are hurting the most.”