The husband of the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States of America and the leader of the Democrats, Nancy Pelosi, was “violently attacked” in the residence they both share in the city of San Francisco and had to be hospitalized, the congresswoman’s office announced this Friday (October 28, 2022). The attacker was arrested by the police.
That city’s police chief, William Scott, explained that the suspect, identified as David Depape, 42, entered the scene asking “where’s Nancy?” and began attacking Paul Pelosi, 82. After receiving a call for help and arriving at the scene, officers found both men struggling and trying to gain control of the hammer. Depape managed to pass and started beating Pelosi, and the police detained him on the spot.
Drew Hammill, a spokesman for the Democratic leader, said that Paul Pelosi is expected to make a “full” recovery from the attack. He also confirmed that the Speaker of the House of Representatives was not in the house when the raid took place. “The president and his family are grateful for the quick response of emergency responders and medical personnel and ask for privacy at this time,” Hammill added.
Paul Pelosi is receiving treatment to control bruising and swelling from the beating, a situation that has raised questions about the safety of members of Congress and their families as they face numerous threats, two years after the attack on the Capitol that were committed by followers of former President Donald Trump. With less than two weeks to go before the mid-term elections, several MPs have raised the alarm about renewed violence against them.
The White House said President Joe Biden called Pelosi to express his support for the “horrific attack” and pray for her husband’s speedy recovery. “The president condemns all violence and asks that the family’s desire for privacy be respected,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement.
DZC (EFE, AFP, AP)