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Pelosi says children and grandchildren are ‘heartbroken and traumatised’ in first comments since attack


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said while her husband Paul continues to improve after Friday’s violent attack on their San Francisco home, their children and grandchildren are ‘heartbroken and traumatized’ .

“Yesterday morning a violent man broke into our family home, demanded to confront me and brutally attacked my husband Paul,” Pelosi wrote. “Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the potentially fatal attack on our Pop.”

The comments, her first since her 82-year-old husband was attacked with a hammer, came Saturday night in a letter to all members of the House of Representatives.

She thanked law enforcement and first responders for the “life-saving medical care” her husband is receiving, and she thanked members for the “outpouring of prayers and warm wishes.”

San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said the suspect, David DePape, 42, now faces charges of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary and other crimes in connection with the attack, which happened after 2 a.m. Friday.

The burglary raises concerns for the safety of members of Congress and their families. Capitol police are responsible for the safety of Nancy Pelosi and the safety of other members of Congress, but lack the resources to protect lawmakers’ families around the clock.

President Joe Biden made a direct link Saturday between right-wing conspiracies and violence like the assault on Paul Pelosi, saying “the conversation has to stop.”

“All the malarkey that’s put out there – you can’t just apologize. It affects people’s mentality. It affects the way people think. Especially people who are not as stable as others,” Biden said in Delaware.

“The conversation needs to stop,” he continued. “That’s the problem. That’s the problem. You can’t just say, you complain about the violence, we condemn it. Condemn what produces violence. This speech produces violence.

Biden noted that the accused assailant asked “where Nancy is” when he entered the Pelosi home.

“The generic point I want to make is that condemning violence is one thing, but you can’t condemn violence unless you condemn these people who keep claiming the election wasn’t real, that it’s stolen,” he said.

DePape is expected to be charged with multiple crimes on Monday and arraigned on Tuesday, according to San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins.


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