Did you hear the one about the old man, a pair of underwear and a hammer? Some people apparently think its funny that the elderly husband of Nancy Pelosi was viciously attacked and beaten inside his own home. It has become a meme. A member of the Trump family joked he would be going as Paul Pelosi for Halloween, posting a picture of men’s underwear and a hammer. Kari Lake perversely drew laughter when joking about the attack on the campaign trail in Arizona. Meanwhile, an elderly man remains hospitalized after having his skull bashed in over a difference in political ideology. The suspect is a man who apparently had been living in a garage, spouting wacky theories, denying the Holocaust, and threatening to break kneecaps while carrying zip-ties. He is charged with attacking and kidnapping the family of an American public official. How can we laugh that off? All while blanketing the airwaves with a tough on crime message? Not being outraged would further harm our democracy. It can’t be funny when someone attacks a fellow American citizen because they don’t agree with their politics. This attack must be condemned by members of both parties, and the appropriate response would be tears, not laughter.