President Biden condemned the attack against Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York, in the “strongest terms” Friday afternoon.
Zeldin’s alleged attacker — identified as 43-year-old David G. Jakubonis — is walking the streets free because of New York bail reform law less than 24 hours after he attacked Zeldin Thursday night at a campaign event.
“I condemn the attack on Congressman Zeldin in the strongest terms,” Biden said in a statement released by the White House.
“As I’ve said before, violence has absolutely no place in our society or our politics,” Biden added. “I am especially grateful for the courage of those who immediately intervened, and that he is unharmed and was able to continue his speech. I also want to thank the law enforcement officers who quickly took action and are investigating this attack that defies our fundamental democratic values.”
Zeldin predicted that his attacker would be “instantly released under NY’s laws” on Twitter after the attempted stabbing.
Lee Zeldin's would-be assassin cried as he was detained by members of the public. Pathetic. pic.twitter.com/K5IWGqN2fG— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 22, 2022