In her first televised interview since the violent attack on her husband, Paul Pelosi, Speaker Nancy Pelosi described the first terrifying moments after learning from Capitol Police what happened inside their San Francisco home on Oct. 28, saying This is a painful event. will affect his decision about his political future.
“I never thought it would be Paul,” Ms. Pelosi, 82, visibly emotional, said in a sit-down interview with Anderson Cooper that aired Monday night on CNN.
When Mr. Cooper asked if she had decided to retire if Democrats lost the House, Ms. Pelosi said her decision would be influenced by the attack, but she did not say how.
Ms. Pelosi said she was sleeping at her Washington home on the morning of the attack when she heard the doorbell ring and a knock on the door.
Capitol police officers told him that Mr. Pelosi had been assaulted at his San Francisco home and had been hospitalized. She immediately boarded a plane and traveled to a San Francisco hospital where her husband recovered from a skull fracture that thankfully “didn’t put a hole in his brain.” Ms. Pelosi said.
The interview comes more than a week after Mr. Pelosi, 82, was injured by an intruder. On October 28, he was hit on the head with a hammer early in the morning. Before being tackled and stopped by police officers. According to officials, the intruder demanded to see Ms. Pelosi.
Mr. Pelosi underwent surgery for a fractured skull and severe injuries to his hand and right arm. Doctors said they hoped he would make a full recovery.
David DePipe, the man involved in the attack, later told police that he saw Ms Pelosi as “the ‘leader’ of the lies told by the Democratic Party” and would break her knees if she lied to him. I wanted to give. .
Authorities are investigating what appears to be Mr. de Pape’s extensive online presence, which included hate speech and extremist views.
In the CNN interview, Ms. Pelosi said there was a parallel between the actions and beliefs of Mr. de Pape and the thousands of people who took part in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol last year, calling both the flames. It was described as “caused by misinformation.”
“This is not a path we can continue on,” he said. “And we want people to run for office, local or whatever, and you can’t say to them, ‘You’re putting your families’ safety at risk by going forward.'”
Ms. Pelosi’s comments came on Election Day, when candidates across the country made their final pitches to voters as the most productive midterm campaign in modern American history drew to a close.
“A vote tomorrow,” he said, “is a vote to defend our democracy.”