In doomscrolling across the InterWebs this fine, hot Monday, the biggest jump-out is another case of a literal bat-shit crazy on democracy.
Violence in wholesome politics:
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) says two members of his staff were hospitalized after an individual entered his Fairfax, Virginia, office this morning with a baseball bat and attacked them.
According to Connolly, the attacker was looking for him. pic.twitter.com/1zoLMqTfZN
— The Recount (@therecount) May 15, 2023
Details via The Washington Post just a few minutes ago:
A person with a baseball bat went to U.S. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly’s Fairfax, Va., office Monday and assaulted two staff members, according to police and the congressman.
Fairfax City police said in a tweet that they were investigating the “assault of two staff members,” who were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. They did not detail the nature of the attack.
“This morning, an individual entered my District Office armed with a baseball bat and asked for me before committing an act of violence against two members of my staff,” Connolly (D-Va.) said in a statement.
Connolly said his staff members were taken to the hospital. Fairfax City police said the suspect was taken in to police custody.
“My District Office staff make themselves available to constituents and members of the public every day,” Connolly said. “The thought that someone would take advantage of my staff’s accessibility to commit an act of violence is unconscionable and devastating.”
Nowhere is safe — run:
Ball-bat-politics, or not, yet here we are once again…
(Illustration out front: Pablo Picasso’s ‘Agonizing Horse,’ found here.)