Nancy Pelosi said she and her family were “heartbroken and traumatized” after her husband was attacked in their San Francisco home.
Paul Pelosi, 82, was attacked with a hammer on Friday by an intruder who shouted “Where’s Nancy?” and declared his intention to await Ms. Pelosi’s return, sources briefed on the attack said. Washington Position.
The House speaker, who is second in the constitutional line of succession to the US presidency, was in Washington at the time of the attack.
Police arrived at the scene and arrested 42-year-old David DePapp as he attacked Pelosi with a hammer.
“Yesterday morning, a violent man broke into our family home, demanded to be confronted and brutally attacked my husband Paul. Our children, our grandchildren and I are devastated and traumatized by the life-threatening attack on our pop,” Ms. Pelosi said in a statement released Saturday night.
“Please know that the outpouring of prayers and well wishes from so many in Congress is a comfort to our family and helps Paul make progress in his recovery. His condition continues to improve,” Ms Pelosi added in her first public comments on the attack.
The statement continued: “We are also comforted by the words of the Book of Isaiah: ‘Fear not, for I am with you. Do not despair, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will support you with my righteous hand.’
Police said DePape smashed his way through the back door of the Pelosi residence wielding a hammer shortly before 2:30 a.m. Friday. Pelosi called 911 himself and when police arrived they found him struggling with the assailant. The man managed to hit Pelosi at least once with the hammer before officers tackled him and arrested him, police said.
“Our officers immediately engaged the suspect, disarmed him, took him into custody, called for emergency assistance and provided medical aid,” said San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott.
Pelosi underwent successful surgery to repair a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right arm and hands suffered in the attack, Ms. Pelosi’s spokeswoman Drew Hamill said Friday.
DePape, a resident of Berkeley, California, was charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary and “several other additional felonies,” according to the San Francisco Police Department.
The 42-year-old appeared to be immersed in a toxic online culture of far-right conspiracy theories and had published a subscription-based blog expressing a range of transphobic, anti-Semitic and racist views, according to posts reviewed by The independent. He also posted about conspiracy theories linked to Covid-19 and QAnon, among others.