Nancy Pelosi: “Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized” | International

Nancy and Paul Pelosi during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in 2019.
Nancy and Paul Pelosi during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in 2019.Kevin Wolf (AP)

Nancy Pelosi has broken her silence following the brutal hammer attack on her husband Paul Pelosi at their home in San Francisco. The President of the House of Representatives and thus the third power in the USA after President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, in a letter addressed to her colleagues in Congress, declares that she is inconsolable and traumatized by the aggression. which he publicly announced.

“Yesterday morning, a violent man broke into our family home, demanded to deal with me and brutally attacked my husband, Paul. Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the attack that put our father’s life in danger. We are grateful for the quick reaction of the police and emergency services and for the medical care he received in order to save his life,” said the Speaker of the House.

Paul Pelosi (82) was operated on for a fractured skull and injuries to his right arm and hand. He is progressing well, but remains in the hospital. Her attacker, David DePape (42), was also hospitalized, but it is not known the extent of his injuries, which he allegedly received during his arrest by the police who intervened at the very moment when he attacked Pelosi with a hammer.

The Speaker of the House of Commons, also 82, was in Washington at the time of the attack, protected by her entourage. After the attack, she flew to San Francisco to visit her husband, admitted to Zuckerberg General Hospital in the city. This Saturday there was a large engagement of security at the hospital gates. Paul Pelosi Jr., one of the five children of the Pelosi couple, was also in the hospital, and when asked by a journalist about his father’s condition, he answered: “Everything is fine at the moment.”

The President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, speaking to reporters in Wilmington (Delaware), where he went to vote early this Saturday with his granddaughter Natalie, also told reporters that his wife Nancy Pelosi “looks better.”

In her letter to Congress, Nancy Pelosi continued: “Please know that the prayers and warm wishes of so many members of Congress are comforting to our family and helping Paul make progress in his recovery. His condition continues to improve. We are also comforted by the words from the Book of the prophet Isaiah: ‘Do not be afraid, I am with you; do not be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will surely help you, yes, I will support you with my righteous right hand.’ We thank them and pray for the continued safety and well-being of their families.”

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political motivation

All indications point to the political motivation of the attack, although the police did not want to make an explicit announcement. DePape inquired about Democratic politics (“where’s Nancy?” he said in the attack), spread denialist messages about the election and conspiracy theories on his social media. The attack took place in the final part of the parliamentary election campaign on November 8, in which the speaker of the House of Representatives is a candidate for the California district.

Nancy Pelosi is one of the Democratic Party politicians most “demonized” by former President Donald Trump’s Republican supporters, according to a term used by former President Barack Obama this Saturday. Biden, for his part, warned this Friday and this Saturday that the lack of respect for election results and the behavior of some politicians creates fertile ground for violence.

San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins announced she would file “multiple felony charges” Monday and expected DePape to be arraigned Tuesday. “DePape will be held accountable for his heinous crimes” she wrote on Twitter. Police said they are investigating him for alleged crimes of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, assault, robbery, threatening an official and other crimes.

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