House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday accused Fox News of motivating a man to send her death threats in 2010, just a day after Republicans were fired upon by a former Bernie Sanders volunteer at a baseball practice.
"I mean, one of the people that went to jail for threats to me – eventually when they finally found him because he was very resourceful in hiding – when he was being tried, his mother said, 'he just watches too much Fox TV,'" Pelosi said Thursday, a day after the GOP baseball shooting, during a press conference.
Pelosi said there's "a lot of the vitriol and invective" in political discourse and that it may be inspiring people to act out violently.
"But most of, I don't know, I mean, the horrible stuff that I hear that is crude and disgusting, really comes from the outside," she said. "It may be inflamed, I don't know. This mom said it was Fox News."
In 2010, Gregory Giusti was arrested for allegedly making calls to Pelosi's home, urging her not to vote in favor of healthcare legislation and threatened that if she did, she wouldn't see her home again, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Giusti's mother said in an interview that year that her son has "radical ideas" and that "Fox News or all of those that are really radical, and he — that's where he comes from."
Pelosi said at the same press conference that Republicans, more than Democrats, are to blame for the harsh political discourse that many think is to blame for some of the violence seen in the country.