Speaker of the US Home of Representatives Nancy Pelosi stated Saturday she and her household have been “heartbroken and traumatized” by the violent assault on her husband at their California house.
An intruder had damaged into the couple’s home in San Francisco early Friday morning and attacked the speaker’s husband Paul Pelosi with a hammer, fracturing his cranium.
“Our youngsters, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the life-threatening assault on our Pop,” Pelosi stated of the incident in a letter posted to Twitter Saturday night.
“We’re grateful for the short response of legislation enforcement and emergency companies, and for the life-saving medical care he’s receiving,” she stated, in her first remark concerning the assault.
Paul Pelosi, 82 — who underwent surgical procedure and is recovering in hospital — was at house alone, as his spouse was working in Washington.
“His situation continues to enhance,” Pelosi stated within the letter.
San Francisco police stated officers discovered the assailant on the couple’s house simply earlier than 2:30 am (0930 GMT), the place he and Paul Pelosi have been scuffling over a hammer.
“The suspect pulled the hammer away from Mr. Pelosi and violently assaulted him with it,” San Francisco police chief Invoice Scott instructed reporters, saying later that Paul Pelosi was hit a minimum of as soon as.
Police recognized the assailant as 42-year-old David Depape, with Scott saying Depape can be charged with tried murder, assault with a lethal weapon, housebreaking and different felonies.
“This was not a random act,” Scott stated. “This was intentional, and it’s mistaken.”
The suspect “demanded to confront me and brutally attacked my husband Paul,” Pelosi — who’s second in line to the presidency — stated in Saturday’s letter.
‘This discuss produces the violence’
US media, citing household sources, stated the intruder instructed Paul Pelosi he was going to tie him up and look forward to the speaker to get house.
Native media had earlier reported that the intruder shouted “The place’s Nancy?” in the course of the assault, which got here lower than two weeks forward of the midterm elections.
And talking after voting in his house state of Delaware Saturday afternoon, President Joe Biden stated he did not “know for sure, nevertheless it appears to be like like this (assault) was supposed for Nancy.”
He once more denounced the assault, calling out more and more polarizing political rhetoric.
“You possibly can’t condemn the violence until you condemn these individuals who proceed to argue the election was not actual, that it is being stolen — all of the malarkey that is been put on the market to undermine democracy,” he stated.
“This discuss produces the violence,” he added.
The suspect, whom the Wall Road Journal reported broke in by a sliding-glass door, citing enforcement officers, had espoused excessive right-wing positions on social media, one of many officers instructed the newspaper.
A number of Republicans additionally spoke out in opposition to the assault, together with Home minority whip Steve Scalise, who himself was shot at a congressional baseball observe in 2017 and stated he was “disgusted” by Friday’s assault.
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