WASHINGTON– House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed how she learned her husband, Paul, had been attacked, telling CNN’s Anderson Cooper that she was “very scared” when Capitol police knocked on the door.
Pelosi said in her first interview since the attack that she slept in Washington, DC, having arrived the previous night from San Francisco when her doorbell rang early in the morning. “I look up, I see it’s 5 p.m. EST, they must be in the wrong apartment,” she told Cooper after he asked her where she was when she heard the news.
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Pelosi went on to say that the doorbell rang again, and then she heard “bang, bang, bang, bang, bang at the door.”
“So I run for the door and I’m really scared,” Pelosi said, describing what happened. “I see the Capitol Police and they say, ‘We need to come in to talk to you. “”
Pelosi described how her thoughts immediately turned to her children and grandchildren.
“And I think of my kids, my grandkids. I never thought it would be Paul because, you know, I knew he wouldn’t be outside, shall we say. And so they walked in. At at that time, we didn’t even know where he was,” she said.
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She said the hardest part of the attack was knowing that her husband was not the intended target.
“For me, that’s really the hardest part because Paul wasn’t the target, and he’s the one paying the price. I mean, we all are, but he’s the one really paying the price. the price. But it’s really — it’s really sad because it’s a flame that’s been fueled by misinformation and all that, which is very unfortunate, it has no place in our democracy “, said Pelosi.
The violent attack on Paul Pelosi has raised new concerns about threats of political violence driven by partisan animosity and increasingly hostile political rhetoric – and highlighted the potential vulnerability of lawmakers and their families in the current political climate.
Paul Pelosi was attacked with a hammer at the couple’s San Francisco home by a man late last month, authorities said. The assailant who attacked him was looking for the Speaker of the House, according to court documents.
David DePape is charged with six counts related to the attack, including attempted murder, burglary, assault, forcible confinement and threatening a family member of a public official. He pleaded not guilty to all charges against the state.
After the attack, Paul Pelosi underwent surgery “to repair a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right arm and hands,” Drew Hammill, spokesperson for Nancy Pelosi, said in an earlier statement. He was released from hospital last week.
Pelosi said she and her husband were also coping with the trauma, saying she didn’t listen to the 911 call.
“We didn’t quite have that conversation because seeing her again is really traumatic. It was tough, and one of the hardest things all week was getting back into the house for him, and the entrance, which of course is where — where the attack took place,” she said.
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Pelosi says attack on her husband will impact decision on her political future after midterms
Nancy Pelosi has also indicated that the attack on her husband will factor into her decision about her own political future after the midterm elections.
Pelosi, one of the most powerful figures in national Democratic politics, has earned a reputation as a formidable leader among House Democrats who wields significant influence in his caucus. But speculation is mounting in Washington over what Pelosi’s next move will be and whether she would decide to retire if Republicans regain a majority.
During Monday’s interview, Cooper asked Pelosi if she would confirm that she had made a decision, one way or another, about what she would do, noting that there were “a lot discussions about whether you would retire if the Democrats lost the House.” .”
The speaker said “the decision will be affected by what has happened in the last week or two”, prompting Cooper to ask: “Will your decision be affected by the attack in any way? whether it be ?”
“Yeah,” Pelosi said.
“It will be?” Cooper asked.
“Yes,” repeated Pelosi.
Pelosi has represented California’s 12th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives since 1987.
This story was updated with additional developments on Monday.
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