Democratic House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi said ” traumatized “ Saturday, October 29 by the violent assault of her husband, Friday at their Californian home.
“Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the attack which puts the life of our Pop in danger”she wrote in a letter posted on Twitter. “We are grateful for the quick response from law enforcement and emergency services, and for the life-saving medical treatment he is receiving.”she added.
Paul Pelosi was attacked at his home by a man wielding a hammer, who was actually looking for his wife, Nancy, then in Washington. Paul Pelosi, 82, has undergone surgery and is recovering in hospital. “His condition continues to improve”added M.me Pelosi in the letter.
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San Francisco police said officers found the assailant at the couple’s home just before 2:30 a.m. (11:30 a.m. in Paris), where he and Paul Pelosi were fighting over a hammer. ‘The suspect ripped Mr. Pelosi’s hammer and violently assaulted him with it’, San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott told reporters. Later he claimed that Paul Pelosi had been punched at least once.
Police identified the assailant as 42-year-old David Depape. Scott said Depape will be charged with attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and other misdemeanors. “It was not a random act (…) it was intentional”he said.
The suspect “demanded to see me and brutally attacked my husband Paul”wrote M again.me Pelosi in his letter. According to American media citing sources close to the family, the assailant had told Paul Pelosi that he was going to tie him up and await the arrival of his wife. Local media had earlier reported that the individual had shouted “Where’s Nancy?” ».
Speaking after casting his ballot in his home state of Delaware on Saturday afternoon, President Joe Biden said he “didn’t know for sure, but it seems that this (assault) was destined for Nancy”. “You can’t condemn the violence unless you condemn these people who keep claiming the elections weren’t real, that they were stolen – all the crap that’s been put out to undermine democracy”he said.
According to police quoted by the Wall Street Journal, the suspect had adopted far-right positions on social networks.
In recent months, many elected officials have warned of renewed violence against American politicians, with Republican Senator Susan Collins declaring that she will not be ” surprise “ if an elected official or senator “got killed”.