House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has released a statement days after her husband, Paul Pelosi, was reportedly attacked in the couple’s San Francisco home.
“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. We are grateful for the quick response of law enforcement and emergency services, and for the life-saving medical care he is receiving,” the California Democrat said in a letter to all members of Congress on Saturday.
“Please know that the outpouring of prayers and warm wishes from so many in the Congress is a comfort to our family and is helping Paul make progress with his recovery. His condition continues to improve,” Pelosi added. “We are also comforted by the words of the Book of Isaiah: ‘Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’”
“We thank you and pray for the continued safety and well-being of your family,” she noted further.
According to reports, Paul Pelosi, 82, was struck with a hammer and underwent surgery for a fractured skull. The suspect, 42-year-old David DePape, was taken into custody by police early Friday morning.
Not surprisingly, Democrats have blamed Republicans for the attack, including our ‘unity’ president, Joe Biden.
“There’s too much violence, political violence, too much hatred, too much vitriol,” Biden said. “And what makes us think that one party can talk about stolen elections, COVID being a hoax, that it’s all a bunch of lies, and it not affect people who may not be so well balanced.”
“What makes us think that it’s not going to corrode the political climate?” he added. “Enough is enough is enough. Every person of good conscience needs to clearly and unambiguously stand up against violence in our politics, no matter what your politics are.”
Some have questioned how it’s possible that an intruder could have gotten into the Pelosi home in the first place.
Tom Rogan, the national security writer at the Washington Examiner, pointed out that the situation raises some significant questions about the government’s security operations.
“The speaker of the House of Representatives is the highest-ranking member of Congress and second in the presidential line of succession. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is thus provided a full-time Capitol Police protective detail. Commensurate with continuity of government plans, should both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris be incapacitated, Pelosi’s security detail has advanced capabilities and liaises closely with the U.S. Secret Service.”
He explained, “These protective measures go significantly beyond what other senior members of Congress receive. And all members of Congress saw their security boosted this summer following the January 2021 Capitol riot. So how on Earth did an assailant access Pelosi’s San Francisco residence and beat her husband, Paul Pelosi, with a hammer?”
“One possible answer is that Paul Pelosi directed the Capitol Police to leave the residence and deactivate its security systems. Living under 24-hour government protection can be grating, after all. This matters because the Capitol Police will have installed numerous perimeter and access control systems at Pelosi’s residence. It’s standard procedure for senior U.S. government officials under protection,” he wrote.
“Still, these security efforts are not supposed to stop simply because a protectee such as Speaker Pelosi is not in residence at any one time. A potential assailant might seek to use the absence of their prospective target to conduct reconnaissance for a future attack,” he added.