Fear of extreme far-right in the U.S after Nancy Pelosi husband’s assault

After her husband's assault, Nancy Pelosi is 'traumatized' since the suspect had adopted far-right positions
  • After her husband’s assault, Nancy Pelosi is ‘traumatized’ since the suspect had adopted far-right positions

A member of the Democratic Party, Pelosi is the first woman elected speaker and the first woman to lead a major political party in both houses of Congress.

Numbered as the 5th Ward from 1987 to 1993 and the 8th Ward from 1993 to 2013, the district includes most of the city of San Francisco.

Since 1987, she has represented California’s 12th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.

Nancy Patricia Pelosi is an American politician serving as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives as of 2019 and previously from 2007 to 2011.

During the former President Trump era, the fear of extreme far-right attack was a major issue in the United States of America last election, Nancy Pelosi husband’s assault shows that a new elections tenure is coming close.

‘Undermining democracy’

According to police officers quoted by the Wall Street Journal, the suspect had adopted far-right positions on social networks.

In recent months, many elected officials have warned against the renewed violence targeting the American political class, with Republican Senator Susan Collins declaring that she would not be “surprised” if an elected official or senator “was killed”.

Earlier the Maine Beacon reported that anti-LGBTQ extremist Christian Civic League of Maine endorsed Susan Collins’ bid for reelection – an endorsement for which she said she was “truly grateful.”

Speaking after voting in his home state of Delaware on Saturday afternoon, President Joe Biden said he “didn’t know for sure, but it appears this (assault) was aimed at Nancy.”

“You can’t condemn violence unless you condemn those people who keep claiming that the elections were not real, that they were stolen – all the that was spread to undermine democracy,” he said.

The leader of the Democrats in Congress spoke for the first time after the brutal attack on her husband Paul on Friday at their California home, and of which she seems to have been the primary target.

Democratic Speaker of Congress Nancy Pelosi said she was “traumatized” Saturday by the violent assault of her husband, Friday at their California home.

“Our children, grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the assault that puts our Pop’s life at risk,” she wrote in a letter posted on Twitter.

Paul Pelosi was attacked at his home by a man armed with a hammer looking for Nancy Pelosi, who was in Washington.

Please know that the prayers and warm wishes from so many are a comfort to our family and are helping Paul make progress with his recovery.

We are grateful for the quick response of law enforcement and emergency services, and for the life-saving medical care he is receiving.

— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) October 30, 2022

“We are grateful for the swift response of law enforcement and emergency services, and for the life-saving medical care he is receiving,” she added. The 82-year-old underwent surgery and is recovering in hospital. “His condition continues to improve,” Nancy Pelosi added in the letter.

‘Not a random act’

San Francisco police said officers found the attacker at the couple’s home just before 2:30 a.m. (11 a.m. in EU time), where he and Paul Pelosi were fighting over a hammer.

“The suspect snatched Mr. Pelosi’s hammer and violently assaulted him with it,” San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott told reporters. He later claimed that Paul Pelosi had been hit at least once.

Police identified the perpetrator as 42-year-old David Depape.

Scott said Depape would be charged with attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and other misdemeanors. “It was not a random act (…) It was intentional,” he said.

The suspect “demanded to see me and brutally attacked my husband Paul,” Nancy Pelosi wrote in her letter.

According to US media citing sources close to the family, the assailant had told Paul Pelosi that he would tie him up and wait for his wife to arrive.

Local media had reported earlier that the individual had shouted “Where’s Nancy?”

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