Nancy Pelosi “traumatized” by attack on husband | World | DW

The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, said this Saturday (October 29, 2022) that she and her family are “heartbroken and traumatized” by the violent attack suffered by her husband at their home in California.

“Our children and grandchildren, and myself, are heartbroken and traumatized by the attack that threatened the life of our Pope,” he said in a letter posted on Twitter.

“We are grateful for the quick reaction of the police and emergency services and for the medical care that saved his life,” it added.

Regarding Paul Pelosi (82), who underwent surgery and is recovering in the hospital, the Speaker of the House of Representatives stated in a letter that “his condition continues to improve.”

Early Friday morning, an intruder attacked her husband with a hammer after breaking into their home in San Francisco, California, looking for her, authorities said.

The attacker “demanded to see the Speaker of the House” and “threatened to kill” Paul Pelosi, said Drew Hammill, a spokesman for the lawmaker, who was in Washington.

“It was not a random act”

American media citing family sources said that the attacker told Paul Pelosi that he would tie him up and then wait for the president to arrive at the house.

“Our officers observed Mr. Pelosi and the suspect holding a hammer. The suspect pushed Mr. Pelosi’s hammer away and violently attacked him with it,” causing head and body injuries, the San Francisco Police Chief said. , Bill Scott, to reporters.

Scott identified the shooter as David Depape, 42, and said he will be charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and other crimes.

Although he said he could not yet reveal the alleged motives for the crime, he asserted that it was “not a random act”. “This was intentional… Everyone should be upset about what happened this morning,” he added.

After voting in his home state of Delaware on Saturday morning, President Joe Biden rejected the attack and again condemned the growing political polarization.

“You can’t condemn the violence unless you condemn those people who keep saying the election wasn’t real, that it was stolen. All this crap they put out to undermine democracy,” Biden said. “That speech produces violence,” he added.

mg (aFP, Reuters, AP)

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