US home speaker Nancy Pelosi has mentioned she and her household are “heartbroken and traumatised” after a “violent man” broke into her San Francisco dwelling and attacked her husband.
Paul Pelosi, 82, is recovering from a cranium fracture after he was struck with a hammer by an intruder on Friday.
The Democrat broke her silence on the assault with an announcement on Sunday, saying her husband’s situation “continues to enhance”.
She mentioned: “Sadly, a violent man broke into our household dwelling yesterday morning, demanded to confront me and brutally attacked my husband Paul.
“Our youngsters, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the life-threatening assault on our Pop. We’re grateful for the fast response of regulation enforcement and emergency companies and for the life-saving medical care he’s receiving.”
The intruder – David DePape – broke into the couple’s dwelling in San Francisco at round 2.30am, reportedly searching for the US home speaker.
Police mentioned officers had been referred to as to the home for a “wellbeing examine” and arrived to search out each males holding the hammer.
They mentioned the suspect then pulled the hammer away from Mr Pelosi and used it to “violently assault” him, earlier than being tackled by officers.
Sooner or later, the suspect looked for the Democrat chief shouting, “The place is Nancy? The place is Nancy?”
San Francisco Police Chief William Scott informed a information convention on Friday evening that the assault on Mr Pelosi at their San Francisco dwelling was “intentional”.
He mentioned: “This was not a random act. This was intentional. And it is fallacious.”
Mr Scott declined to remark additional on a potential motive for the assault and mentioned the investigation was ongoing.
The US president earlier echoed the police chief’s feedback, saying it appeared as if the assault was supposed for the US home speaker.
He was fast to sentence the assault on Mr Pelosi, calling it “despicable”, and drew parallels between the assault on the Home speaker’s husband and the US Capitol riots.
Talking at an occasion in Philadelphia on Friday night, he addressed experiences that the assailant had repeated the “identical chant” heard through the 6 January 2021 riots.
“The mantra was: ‘The place’s Nancy?'” Mr Biden mentioned, calling it “despicable”.
“There’s an excessive amount of violence, political violence,” the president added, suggesting that election denialism and claims that COVID-19 was a “hoax” had eroded the political local weather.
“Each particular person of excellent conscience wants to obviously and unambiguously rise up towards the violence in our politics, no matter what your politics are,” he mentioned.
DePape, 42, has been charged with tried murder, assault with a lethal weapon, elder abuse, housebreaking and a number of other different felony fees.
His motive has not but been made clear.
Mr Pelosi was rushed to hospital and underwent surgical procedure for a cranium fracture and extreme accidents to his proper arm and fingers, a spokesperson mentioned.
He’s anticipated to make a full restoration.