Nancy Pelosi opens up about attack on her husband in emotional interview
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave an emotional interview to CNN on Monday, describing how she learned that her husband, Paul Pelosi, had been attacked at their San Francisco home and giving more detail on the extent of his injuries.
In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Nancy Pelosi said her husband was hit twice on the top of his head by a hammer, which cracked his skull. His skull was removed by doctors, and then reshaped.
“He’s doing OK,” Nancy Pelosi said. He knows it’s a long journey, but he must take it slow. He’s such an honorable gentleman, he doesn’t complain.
Nancy Pelosi said she has not discussed with the attack in detail with her husband because “any revisiting of it is really traumatizing.”
“One of the hardest things all week was to go back into the house for him, and the entrance, which is of course where he was hit, and of course, upstairs in the bedroom, where that person made his entrance, shall we say,” she said.
The suspect, David Wayne DePape, allegedly broke into the couple’s home in the early morning on October 28 and awoke Paul Pelosi in their bedroom, demanding to know where his wife was. Paul Pelosi was able to call 911, and a dispatcher sent emergency services after hearing someone being threatened, according to law enforcement. According to law enforcement, police arrived at the house to find the two men fighting over a hammer in the entryway. The suspect then attacked Paul Pelosi.
“For me, this is really the hard part, because Paul was not the target and he’s the one who’s paying the price,” Nancy Pelosi said Monday. “It’s very sad because it’s a flame that was fueled with misinformation.”
Nancy Pelosi said she has not listened to the 911 call or watched police body camera footage of the incident. When asked if she wanted to hear it she replied, “I don’t think so.”
Nancy Pelosi said that she was asleep in Washington, D.C., during the assault. She said she had traveled from San Francisco the night before and was awoken by Capitol Police ringing her doorbell and banging on her door at 5 a.m.
“So I run to the door and I was very scared to see the Capitol Police and they said, ‘We have to come in to talk to you,'” she said. “And I was thinking of my children, my grandchildren. It was Paul. I knew he wouldn’t be out and about. They arrived at that moment. We didn’t know where he was or his condition. We knew that he was being attacked in our home, and they were now taking him to the hospital.
Pelosi, who noted during the interview that she was close to tears a number of times throughout, said the attack on her husband will impact her political future and whether or not she decides to retire.
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