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

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Nancy Pelosi has broken her silence after the brutal attack with a hammer on her husband, Paul Pelosi, at his home in San Francisco. The president of the House of Representatives and, therefore, the third authority in the United States after the president, Joe Biden, and the vice president, Kamala Harris, declares herself heartbroken and traumatized by the aggression in a letter addressed to his colleagues in Congress that he has made public.

“Yesterday morning a violent man broke into our family home, demanded to confront me and brutally attacked my husband Paul. Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the attack that put our dad’s life in danger. We are grateful for the quick response from law enforcement and emergency services, and for the medical care he is receiving to save his life, ”says the Speaker of the House.

Paul Pelosi, 82, He has undergone surgery for a skull fracture and injuries to his right arm and hands. He is progressing favorably, but remains hospitalized. Her assailant, David DePape, 42, is also hospitalized, although the extent of his injuries, allegedly caused during the arrest by the police, who intervened just as he was attacking Pelosi with a hammer, is unknown.

The speaker of the lower house, also 82, was in Washington at the time of the attack, protected by her escort. After the assault, she flew to San Francisco to visit her husband, who was admitted to the city’s Zuckerberg General Hospital. This Saturday has seen a wide deployment of security at the gates of the hospital. Paul Pelosi Jr., one of the five children of the Pelosi couple, was also in the hospital and when asked by journalists about the state of his father, he replied: “At the moment, everything is fine.”

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, speaking to journalists in Wilmington (Delaware), where he has gone to vote in advance this Saturday with his granddaughter Natalie, he has also told reporters that Nancy Pelosi’s husband “seems to be doing a lot better.”

In her letter to Congress, Nancy Pelosi continues: “Please know that the prayers and warm wishes of so many in Congress are a comfort to our family and are helping Paul progress in his recovery. His condition continues to improve. We are also comforted by the words of the Book of Isaiah: ‘Do not be afraid, for I am with you; do not be discouraged, because I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will certainly help you, yes, I will uphold 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 the indications point to the political motivation of the attack, although the police have not wanted to pronounce themselves expressly. DePape inquired about Democratic politics (“where’s Nancy?” he said in the assault), spread denier messages about the election and conspiracy theories on his social media. The attack occurred in the final stretch of the legislative election campaign on November 8, in which the president of the House of Representatives is a candidate for a California district.

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

San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins has announced that she will file “multiple felony charges” on Monday and that she expects DePape to be arraigned on Tuesday. “DePape will be held accountable for his heinous crimes,” has written on Twitter. Police announced that he is being investigated for alleged crimes of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, assault, robbery, threatening a public official and other crimes.

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