‘Decision will be affected’: Nancy Pelosi reveals she may retire from politics due to attack on husband Paul
Pelosi said that if the outcome of the midterm elections results in the Democrats losing control of the House, she might not continue as a Democratic leader
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: When Capitol Police called her up in the middle of the night, Nancy Pelosi said she never imagined that her husband Paul Pelosi would have been the one in her family to be attacked. The House Speaker also stated that the attack will have an impact on her political future following the 2022 midterm elections despite the fact that she has previously declined to address the possibility of her continuing in the House leadership role if Democrats lost the majority.
Nancy said she was "scared" when she heard the doorbell and five bangs at her door, assuming that whoever was there got the wrong place, in her first television interview since her 82-year-old husband sustained skull fractures after being attacked with a hammer. “I look up, I see it's 5, they must be at the wrong apartment,” she said in the interview with CNN. “So I run to the door, and I'm very scared,” Pelosi told Anderson Cooper. “I see the Capitol Police and they say, 'We have to come in to talk to you,'” she added. According to Pelosi, she initially assumed the news wouldn't apply to her husband and instead thought about her grandchildren and children. “I never thought it would be Paul because, you know, I knew he wouldn't be out and about, shall we say,” the House Speaker said of her homebody husband. “And so they [Capitol Police] came in. At that time, we didn't even know where he was. All we knew is there had been an assault on him in our home.”
Six offenses have been brought against attacker David DePape in connection with the incident, including attempted murder, burglary, assault, false imprisonment, and threatening a family member of a public figure. He has entered a not-guilty plea to every state allegation.
Immigration authorities confirmed DePape was in the nation unlawfully after exceeding the validity of his Canadian visa two weeks after the attack. Democrats blame the attack on Paul Pelosi which occurred during the last days of the midterm election campaign exclusively on former President Donald Trump's language and the behavior of his supporters.
They claim that the attack is proof of the increased risk of political violence. The spouse of the veteran California lawmaker was recently released from the hospital and is now recuperating at their San Francisco home. At Pelosi's $6 million house in San Francisco, California, DePape attacked Paul, hitting him in the head with a hammer and yelling, "Where's Nancy?"
After the midterm elections, Nancy, who has been a member of Congress since 1987, told CNN that the attack on her husband might influence her choice of a political career. If the outcome of the November 8 midterm elections results in the Democrats losing control of the House, she might not continue in her position as a Democratic leader. When asked if her decision will be impacted by the attack in any way, she replied, “Decision will be affected about what happened the last week or two.”
"Will your decision be impacted by the attack in any way?” Cooper asked Nancy. To which, she replied, “Yes." “It will?” Cooper asked her again. “Yes,” Pelosi said.
Paul was hospitalized after the incident and spent time in the intensive care unit (ICU) where he recovered and was able to speak with various investigation agencies, including the FBI, the San Francisco police, the Capitol Police, and the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. He was saved when eventually made it to a bathroom during the break-in and attack and was able to phone the police.