House Speaker Nancy Pelosi opened up to reporters Thursday about how the brutal attack on her husband Paul Pelosi has led her to consider staying in her leadership role in the upcoming Congress.
Pelosi, who this week announced she would step down as leader of the House Democrats, said last month’s violent incident at her San Francisco home had “the opposite effect” as she reflected to the decision, ABC News reported.
“If anything, it got me thinking about staying,” Pelosi said. “I couldn’t give them that satisfaction.
The California Democrat also revealed that her husband, who underwent surgery for a fractured skull after a man hit him in the head with a hammer, is ‘doing well’ despite the traumatic effect the attack had on him.
David DePape, who faces federal and state charges in connection with the hammer attack, allegedly shouted “Where’s Nancy?” while in the Pelosi household.
Pelosi told reporters she faced “survivor guilt” and described her home as a “crime scene” after the attack.
Pelosi also weighed in on GOP officials who made jokes about her husband’s attack, The Washington Post reported.
A number of Republicans have shed light on the incident, including Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, who later apologized for his remarks, and Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, who then claimed that she didn’t laugh at the attack.
“It’s so awful to think that the Republican Party has come to this, and there’s no real rejection of it by anyone in the party,” Pelosi said.
“It’s so sad for our country.”
Pelosi added that she doesn’t see all Republicans in the same light, however, and thanked the many party officials who have supported her.