PHILADELPHIA, PA- On February 13th, former President Donald Trump was acquitted of inciting insurrection at the United States Capitol. Now, his attorneys are under attack.
On Friday night, February 12th, the Philadelphia home of Trump’s defense attorney, Michael van der Veen was vandalized.
Fox News reported that van der Veen’s wife discovered the word “traitor” spray-painted in red on the couple’s driveway with a red arrow pointed at their house.
van der Veen told Fox News on Saturday:
“My home was attacked,”
He went on to say:
“To answer your question, my entire family, my business, my law firm are under siege right now. I don’t really want to go into that, though.”
Following the incident, the van der Veen’s have hired private security to guard their home and family.
West Whiteland Township Police Department Detective, Scott Pezick told Fox News that several times on Saturday patrol cars drove by their home, but did not notice any disturbances.
The Chester County home of Michael van der Veen, one of Donald Trump’s defense attorneys, has been vandalized with the word “traitor” spray-painted at the edge of his driveway. https://t.co/xJczZZzN7C
— CBS Philly (@CBSPhilly) February 13, 2021
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that protesters also gathered outside van der Veen’s office, chanting:
“When van der Veen lies, what do you do? Convict. Convict.”
At this time, there are no suspects in the case, and no arrests have been made.
Michael van der Veen is not former President Trump’s only defense attorney to be attacked, as it is reported that Bruce Castor’s home was also vandalized in some way.
On Saturday, Castor told Fox News:
“It’s been very unsettling. Mr. van der Veen’s house was vandalized last night,”
“My house was the subject of unrest. These people are lawyers and they expect to do their jobs without having fear for their personal safety.”
So encouraged to see the left working towards “unity”.
Home of Trump attorney Michael van der Veen vandalizedhttps://t.co/RIlcc0YqtV
— Jamie Wagenbach (@JamieWagenbach) February 14, 2021
As Law Enforcement Today has reported, the homes of some Congressional leaders have also been vandalized recently.
In early January, the Louisville home of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell was vandalized with graffiti that read “WERES MY MONEY,” and “MITCH KILLS THE POOR.”
McConnell’s home was vandalized one day prior to the vandalization of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home.
Someone spray-painted on her garage door: “Cancel Rent? We want everything!” There was also a symbol of a circled “A”, a symbol typically associated with anarchism, painted on the home.
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Here is more on both of those reports that Law Enforcement Today brought you.
LOUISVILLE, KY – Just one day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home was targeted with vandalism – it appears that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home in Louisville, Kentucky became a similar target as well.
Mitch McConnell’s Louisville home vandalized with graffiti https://t.co/2CaBeQrZ5d
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 3, 2021
And what both of these instances of vandalism seem to have in common – outside of their close proximity in occurrence – is that they are clearly inspired by frustrations linked to the pandemic relief funds being distributed.
There’s been a lot of back-and-forth regarding whether Americans will be getting $600 or $2,000 to help tide them over during a period of financial strain for many Americans.
As it turns out, McConnell was among those instrumental in blocking the relief bill passed that would’ve seen many Americans receive $2,000 – despite both President Trump and House Democrats being on board with giving Americans more money.
Come the early morning hours of January 2nd, police were notified of spray painted graffiti tagged across McConnell’s home. Some phrases included “weres (sic) my money” and “Mitch kills the poor”.
Despite the habitual political disagreements between Republicans and Democrats on numerous matters, even liberal elected officials don’t condone the vandalism that befell McConnell’s home.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear took to Twitter, writing the following about the matter:
“The vandalism to [Senate Majority Leader] McConnell’s home is unacceptable. While the First Amendment protects our freedom of speech, vandalism is reprehensible and never acceptable for any reason.”
The vandalism to @senatemajldr McConnell’s home is unacceptable. While the First Amendment protects our freedom of speech, vandalism is reprehensible and never acceptable for any reason. ^AB
— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) January 2, 2021
In his own statement on the matter, McConnell stated the following:
“I’ve spent my career fighting for the First Amendment and defending peaceful protest. I appreciate every Kentuckian who has engaged in the democratic process whether they agree with me or not.”
“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.”
As of this time, there’s reportedly no suspects named or in custody regarding the vandalism.
As mentioned earlier, this incident occurred just one day after Nancy Pelosi’s home was the target of vandalism that was seemingly inspired over frustrations regarding pandemic relief.
We at Law Enforcement Today reported on that incident as well.
Here’s that previous report.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s posh San Francisco mansion has been targeted by vandals who spray-painted the home and left a pig’s head surrounded by red paint in the driveway.
Graffiti painted on her garage door read “cancel rent” and “we want everything.” There was also a symbol of a circled “A”, a symbol typically associated with anarchism, painted on the home.
Pelosi’s home vandalized with graffiti that appears related to her COVID relief efforts | Just The News https://t.co/vj16El5LF0
— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) January 2, 2021
San Francisco police received the first call about the vandalism at the Pacific Heights residence around 2:00 a.m. on January 1st. Speaker Pelosi was not home at the time of the incident. Authorities have not released a motive, and no suspects were located.
The common radical leftist messages painted on the garage door point to Antifa or UBI (Universal Basic Income) as likely responsible for the crime.
The graffiti mentions the $2,000 stimulus checks Pelosi only recently supported after President Donald Trump demanded it be included in the latest Coronavirus Relief Package.
GOP senators have blocked passage of the increased stimulus payments, opting for the previously agreed-upon $600 payments.
Pelosi led a push to increase the payments last Monday. The House passed the bill by a vote of 275-134. The bill, which marks a rare agreement between Democratic leaders and President Trump, is presently being held up by Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Senate.
A home in San Francisco belonging to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was vandalized early Friday morning with an apparent reference to lawmakers’ failed efforts to provide Americans with $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks. https://t.co/Fn93ix87ci
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) January 2, 2021
McConnell told Pelosi the Senate would not be “bullied” into passing the increased payments. Pelosi urged McConnell to allow the upper chamber to vote on the bill Wednesday:
“The Democrats and Republicans in the House have passed that legislation. Who is holding up that distribution to the American people? Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans.
“In blocking it, they are in denial of the hardship the American people are experiencing now, health-wise, financially, and every way.”
— 🇺🇸Maggie VandenBerghe🇺🇸 (@FogCityMidge) January 2, 2021
The graffiti also demanded Pelosi “cancel rent.” Vandals may be referencing calls to provide rent relief and to continue an eviction moratorium during the pandemic crisis. The relief package has extended the prohibition against eviction until January 31, 2021.
Conservative filmmaker Maggie VandenBerghe shared photographs of the vandalism. Vandenberghe accused police of trying to cover up the incident. VandenBerghe, a self-proclaimed independent journalist, posted on Facebook:
“City called to clean up at 3 a.m. and police attempting to stop photos of scene (sic). Media SILENT.”
Neighbors say that, while they understand the frustration of politics, the vandalism accomplished nothing. Audrey Carlson, a neighbor of Speaker Pelosi, said:
“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.”
Speaker Pelosi cannot afford to lose any support from the left, as there is almost no margin for error in her re-election bid for the House Speaker seat. After losing at least a dozen House seats in the 2020 election, Democrats have their smallest House majority in over a century.
With a caucus of only 222 Democrats, she cannot lose many supporters to fend off a challenge from Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R). Pelosi fought off a challenge from McCarthy in 2019, but 15 Democrats did not vote for her.
Two in-coming “Squad” lawmakers have refused to pledge support to Speaker Pelosi. During a CNN interview, Reps. Elect Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) and Cori Bush (D-MO) refused to answer whether Pelosi would have their votes. Bush said:
“I am going to make sure that voices of the people of St. Louis are heard and we have what we need. And so, you will find out then. (Americans) will find out when my vote is tallied and, again, (I will be) organizing with our community to figure out what’s best.”
Incoming ‘squad’ members Cori Bush and Jamaal Bowman refuse to say if they’ll support Pelosi’s reelection https://t.co/to56fi9jOb
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) December 28, 2020
Reps. Conor Lamb (D-PA), Jared Golden (D-ME) and Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) have already pledged not to vote for Pelosi’s re-election.
In addition to losing support, Pelosi must also worry about the Coronavirus pandemic. Since March, 35 lawmakers have been forced into quarantine by positive tests, causing them to miss floor votes. Pelosi cannot afford to have supporters sidelined for the vote.
Speaker Pelosi has not made public comments about the latest vandalism at her $5.4 million, four-bedroom, three-bathroom home. The home is one of several she owns in the city.
This is not the first incident at her mansion. In September, a YouTuber livestreamed himself defecating in the driveway of the home. The homeless YouTuber, calling himself “Armando,” posted a video of himself walking through San Francisco looking for Speaker Pelosi’s home. When he arrived, he set up a camera across the street. He then stood in her driveway, saluted the camera, and defecated on the driveway.
As Armando ends the video, he says, “That was for President Trump.” The video was posted to YouTube with the title “Poopalosi.”
The video was followed up with another video titled “I’m gonna need a lawyer,” in which Armando claimed he was arrested shortly after the incident:
“It was scary, man. They asked me about Kamala Harris, and about how I joked on the stream that if she lived in San Francisco, I’d s–t on her house too. They weren’t f—ing playing.”
A Twitter account claiming to be Armando’s later offered an apology for the incident:
“@SpeakerPelosi I know you may not ever see this, but I want you to know, I meant no foul harm yesterday when I did what I did. I’m not proud of it at all and I just would like for you to know that. I have no ill will against you or anyone in an elected official’s position.”
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