House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) has spoken of the ‘life-threatening attack’ on her husband Paul Pelosi for the first time since he suffered a fractured skull and other serious injuries during of a break and enter on Friday.
The House Speaker’s statement – addressed to her congressional colleagues – comes a day after a man broke into the couple’s San Francisco home, allegedly confronted Paul Pelosi and asked “Where is Nancy, where is Nancy?” before the attacker hits him with a hammer.
David DePape, whom San Francisco police have identified as the suspect in the hammer attack, allegedly shared conspiracy theories and blogged “screeches against Jews, blacks, Democrats, the media and transgender people,” said reported the Washington Post on Saturday.
Paul Pelosi is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing surgery for his injuries, Nancy Pelosi’s office announced Friday.
Nancy Pelosi, who was not at home during the attack, said in a statement on Saturday that she and her family were “heartbroken” by the attack and added that her husband’s condition “continues to improve”.
“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 potentially deadly attack on our Pop,” Pelosi said.
“We are grateful for the quick response from law enforcement and emergency services, and for the life-saving medical care he is receiving. Please know that the outpouring of prayers and warm wishes from so many in Congress is a comfort to our family and 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 dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will support you from my right right,” she continued.
“We thank you and pray for the continued safety and well-being of your family.”
President Joe Biden weighed in on the attack on Paul Pelosi on Friday and called it a “despicable” act, adding that there is no place for it in America.
San Francisco police officials said DePape will be charged with attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse and burglary.