What to know about the attack on Paul Pelosi

HSpeaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, 82, remains in hospital after a man broke into their San Francisco home and attacked him with a hammer early Friday morning.

According to a statement released Friday evening by Nancy Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hammill, “Paul Pelosi was assaulted in his home by an assailant who acted forcefully and threatened to kill him while demanding to see the President.”

The man, identified by the San Francisco Police Department as David DePape, 42, is charged with attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary and several other crimes, Police Chief William Scott told reporters Friday morning. .

Hammill released a statement Friday morning saying Paul Pelosi is expected to make a full recovery and that Nancy Pelosi was not in San Francisco at the time of the attack. Hammill then provided an update stating that Paul Pelosi had been admitted to “Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital where he underwent successful surgery to repair a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right arm and hand.”

“The president and her family are grateful for the outpouring of support and prayers from friends, constituents and people across the country,” Hammill added. “The Pelosi family is extremely grateful to Mr. Pelosi’s entire medical team and law enforcement officers who responded to the assault. The family appreciates your privacy during this time.

Here’s what you need to know about the incident.

What we know so far about the attack

Scott said police at the scene saw DePape “hard attack” Paul Pelosi with the hammer.

Scott said police were dispatched to Pelosi’s home around 2:30 a.m., where they found DePape and Pelosi holding a hammer. DePape allegedly pulled the hammer out of Pelosi and attacked him, before a police officer tackled DePape. Both men were taken to hospital, Scott said. The motive for the attack is still under investigation.

The FBI and the United States Capitol Police are joining the San Francisco Police Department’s Special Investigations Division in an investigation into the attack. The police department is also working closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the San Francisco District Attorney, Scott said Friday.

Although Congress is currently in recess ahead of the midterm elections, Nancy Pelosi was in Washington at the time of the attack. She has canceled plans to attend the National Human Rights Campaign Dinner on Saturday night, according to The Associated Press.

What we know so far about the alleged attacker

CNN reports that a Facebook account owned by DePape was deleted, but he often posted conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines, the Jan. 6 insurrection, and the 2020 election. Among the public posts was a video of My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell falsely claiming the 2020 election was stolen.

The Facebook page also contained fake posts about the death and aftermath of George Floyd, and posts promoting a conspiracy theory known as the ‘Great Reset’ which believes COVID-19 is being used by elites. to usher in a new world order. None of the public posts mention Pelosi, according to CNN.

Gene DePape, who CNN says is David DePape’s stepfather, told the outlet that David grew up in Canada. Gene DePape and Mark DePape, whom CNN cites as David DePape’s uncle, said David was estranged from the family.

How Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers reacted

Speaker Pelosi has not spoken publicly about the incident, but many other lawmakers have said the attack was a wake-up call about escalating political violence and the potential consequences of heated national political discourse.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, shared on Twitter that she was “shocked” by the news of the attack. “As we learn more about the motives, I hope it will remind us that all of us in public life and commenting on public officials should tone down political rhetoric and avoid fueling division and violence – especially during the tense increase of this election, “it wrote.

California Governor Gavin Newsom also weighed in in a public statement on Friday. “This heinous assault is yet another example of the dangerous consequences of divisive and hateful rhetoric that puts lives at risk and undermines our very democracy and our democratic institutions,” Newsom said. “Those who use their platforms to incite violence must be held accountable.”

“This morning’s chilling attack on Paul Pelosi by a man obsessed with election conspiracies is a dangerous reality encouraged by some members of my own party,” said Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, a Republican panel member of the House investigating the attack on the Capitol on January 6. wrote on Twitter. “I’m grateful he’s okay. This should be condemned by every congressman and candidate. Now.”

President Joe Biden called Nancy Pelosi this morning, according to a White House spokesperson, and “continues to condemn all violence.”

Republican Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin is facing criticism for his comment on the attack. While campaigning on behalf of House candidate Yesli Vega, Youngkin addressed the attack. “Speaker Pelosi’s husband was burglarized last night at their home and he was assaulted,” he said. “There’s no room for violence anywhere, but we’re going to send her back to be with him in California. That’s what we’re going to do.”

In response, Newsom wrote, “Is this funny to you? Pathetic”, on Twitter.

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Write to Jasmine Aguilera at jasmine.aguilera@time.com.


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