House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had remained silent after the violent attack that was carried out on her husband, Paul Pelosi.
But, over the weekend, Speaker Pelosi broke her silence with a letter that she sent to her fellow members of Congress, a letter in which she implies that the suspect’s motive was indeed political.
Pelosi sent the letter out on Saturday, Oct. 29.
She starts the letter off with a recap of what happened, writing, “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 life-threatening attack on our Pop,” Pelosi continued. “We are grateful for the quick response of law enforcement and emergency services and for the life-saving medical care he is receiving.”
Pelosi went on to express thanks for the “outpouring of prayers and warm wishes from so many in the Congress,” which she said have been “a comfort to our family” and a help to her husband’s recovery.
After quoting a passage from the Book of Isaiah in the Bible, Pelosi concludes, “we thank you and pray for the continued safety and well-being of your family.”
It was on the previous morning that her husband, Paul Pelosi, was attacked.
A man, who has since been identified as 42-year-old David DePape, broke into the Pelosis’ San Francisco, California, home and proceeded to confront Paul Pelosi. Mr. Pelosi managed to summon the police, who arrived to find the suspect, in his underwear, struggling with Pelosi over a hammer.
The suspect ended up winning the hammer and striking Pelosi with it, causing injuries that required surgery to fix. Pelosi is expected to make a full recovery.
DePape has been arrested and charged with a number of crimes, including attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary, and others. It remains unknown what DePape’s precise motivation was. But, some reports state that he had a manifesto that contained far-right-wing conspiracy theories, while other reports suggest that he is mentally ill.
Speaker Pelosi’s letter would suggest that, because DePape was actually targeting the speaker, there was likely a political motivation behind the attack.