Nancy Pelosi told CNN about the violent attack on her husband and said that it will affect her decision about whether or not to retire. She also talked about how she heard about the attack.
In her first televised interview since her husband, Paul Pelosi was attacked violently, Speaker Nancy Pelosi talked about how scary it was when she found out from the Capitol Police what had happened in their San Francisco home on October 28. She also said that the traumatic event would change how she decides what to do about her political future.
What Nancy Pelosi Said?
“I never thought it would be Paul,” Ms. Pelosi, 82, said in a sit-down interview with Anderson Cooper that aired on CNN on Monday night. She was visibly upset as she said it.
When Mr. Cooper asked if she had decided whether or not to retire if the Democrats lose the House, Ms. Pelosi said that the attack would affect her decision, but she didn’t say how. Ms. Pelosi said that on the morning of the attack, she was sleeping at her home in Washington when she heard the doorbell ring and someone knock on the door.
She said that Capitol Police told her that Mr. Pelosi had been attacked in their home in San Francisco and was in the hospital. She got on a plane right away and flew to a hospital in San Francisco, where her husband was recovering from a broken skull that, thankfully, “didn’t go through his brain,” as Ms. Pelosi put it.
The interview happened more than a week after Mr. Pelosi, who is 82 years old, was hurt when an intruder hit him on the head with a hammer early in the morning on Oct. 28, before police officers tackled and held him down. The person who broke in wanted to see Ms. Pelosi, the police say. Mr. Pelosi had surgery because he broke his skull and hurt his hands and right arm very badly. Doctors said that they thought he would get better.
David DePape, the man charged with the attack, later told the police that he saw Ms. Pelosi as “the ‘leader of the pack’ of lies told by the Democratic Party” and that he wanted to break her kneecaps if she lied to him.
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What Federal prosecutors said?
Federal prosecutors said that Mr. DePape tried to kidnap Ms. Pelosi and beat up a family member of a federal official. On several state felony charges, he has said he is not guilty. Authorities have been looking into what seemed to be Mr. DePape’s large online presence, which included angry rants and extremist views.
Ms. Pelosi said in the CNN interview that Mr. DePape’s actions and beliefs were similar to those of the thousands of people who attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6 of last year. She said that both groups were “fueled by misinformation.”
Pelosi talked to CNN about what it was like to learn that her husband had been brutally assaulted. The full interview will air later tonight but here's a clip. pic.twitter.com/K3kPy1E9tS
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“We can’t keep going down this road,” she said. “And we want people to run for office, no matter how small or big, and you can’t tell them, “By going forward, you’re putting your families’ safety at risk.”
Ms. Pelosi’s comments came the night before Election Day when candidates all over the country were making their last pitches to voters as one of the most important midterm campaigns in modern American history came to a close.
“A vote tomorrow is a vote to protect our democracy,” she said.
Pelosi shares more details on her husband’s condition and recovery
Pelosi said that her husband is “doing okay,” but that his recovery will be “long haul.” “He knows he needs to slow down. “He’s such a gentleman that he’s not whining,” she said. The person speaking said that the surgery her husband had “went well, but it’s only one part of getting better after a serious head injury.”
She thought about the road ahead and said, “It takes time.” Pelosi said that the good news about her husband’s head injury was that doctors “told us it had not pierced his brain, which can be fatal.”
.@SenFeinstein condemns “the continued disinformation and lies by prominent people on the other side of the aisle about the brutal attack against Paul Pelosi,” calling on GOP leaders to denounce it after the attacker was “moved to violence by right-wing conspiracy theories.” pic.twitter.com/SYkenkxkYF
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) November 6, 2022
Pelosi said that her husband is worried about how the attack will affect their kids and grandkids emotionally, while the rest of the family is worried about how it will affect him.
“He is so worried about how this will affect our kids and grandkids, and we are worried about how it will affect him,” she said. When asked if she had talked to her husband about what he was thinking during the attack, Pelosi said, “We haven’t had that conversation yet, because talking about it again is very traumatic.”
Pelosi said, “I don’t think so” when asked if she wanted to hear the 911 call her husband made. I’m not sure if I’ll need to. I have no idea. All of that has to do with the law.” “But Paul saved his own life with that call,” she said.
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Pelosi criticizes how some Republicans have reacted to the attack
Pelosi said that some Republicans’ responses to the attack were not good. “You see how the other side reacts to this, which is to make fun of it, and that’s really traumatic, too,” she said.
“In our democracy, there is a party that doesn’t believe the election results, keeps the fire going, and makes fun of any violence that happens. Pelosi said, “That has to stop.” Pelosi then talked about the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. “I do think the Republicans need to be told to stop spreading false information,” she said. “That is definitely a cause of what happened on January 6 and why it was denied. It is also a cause of what is happening to me right now.” The attack has been condemned by people of both parties, but some well-known Republicans have been criticized for how they responded.
"By the way, how is she doing lately?" — Trump on Nancy Pelosi pic.twitter.com/YKBNRNaaeW
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 6, 2022
Kari Lake, the Republican candidate for governor of Arizona, said she did not make light of the violent attack after she was criticized for making jokes about it at a campaign event and getting laughs from her supporters. Lake was asked at the event what she would do to make schools safer, and she said, “Protecting our kids at school is not impossible.” They act as if it’s true. Well, Nancy Pelosi is safe when she’s in Washington, DC, but her house doesn’t seem to be very safe.” The crowd and the moderator both laughed out loud.
Pelosi says attack on her husband will impact decision over her political future post-midterms
Nancy Pelosi also said that the attack on her husband will be a factor in how she decides to move forward in politics after the midterms. Pelosi is one of the most powerful people in national Democratic politics, and House Democrats see her as a strong leader who has a lot of power over her caucus. But there is more and more talk in Washington about what Pelosi will do next and if she will retire if Republicans win back the majority.
Cooper asked Pelosi during their interview on Monday if she would confirm that she had decided what she would do. He said, “There’s been a lot of talk about whether you’d retire if the Democrats lose the House.”
The speaker said, “What happened in the last week or two will affect the decision,” so Cooper asked, “Will the attack affect your decision in any way?”
“Yes,” Pelosi said.
“Will it?” Cooper said so.
“Yes,” Pelosi said again.
Pelosi ‘optimistic’ about the midterms, but warns that our democracy is in danger
Pelosi said she is “optimistic” about Tuesday’s midterm elections, which will decide who controls Congress, even though many people in Washington think Republicans will win back the House. “I’ve always been about owning the ground and getting people to the polls, and I’m sure we’re in that position now. “Some of the races are close, and they could go either way,” she said.
Pelosi warned, though, that she thinks democracy is on shaky ground and that “our democracy is on the ballot” in the elections. Pelosi said, “I do think that our democracy is in danger because of what others are saying about trying to undermine our elections, even as we move forward.”
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