House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has opened up about the moment US Capitol police woke her in Washington DC to inform her that her husband, Paul Pelosi, had been attacked in their San Francisco home in the first televised interview since the incident.
Nancy Pelosi, visibly upset, recounted in the interview that she was asleep in her Washington home on the night of the attack when she heard the doorbell ring.
“I look up, I see it’s 5am, they must be at the wrong apartment,” she said, adding that another ring was followed by “bang, bang, bang, bang, bang on the door,” Pelosi says in the interview, adding “So I run to the door and I’m very scared,” “I see the Capitol police and they say, ‘We have to come in to talk to you.’”
A tearful Nancy Pelosi added after describing opening the door to Capitol police officers, “And I’m thinking of my children, my grandchildren. I never thought it would be Paul because, you know, I knew he wouldn’t be out and about, shall we say. And so they came in. At that time, we didn’t even know where he was or what his condition was. We just knew there was an assault on him in our home.”
Pelosi said in the interview that the recent attack on her husband by an intruder armed with a hammer in their home was especially painful for her because she knew she was “the target.”
“For me, the really hard part” was knowing that she was the intruder’s intended victim, the speaker, also 82, said in the interview. “Because Paul was not the target, and he is the one who is paying the price.”
The House speaker revealed that the attack on her husband will affect her decision on whether to retire from Congress, and her post as speaker of the US House of Representatives.
The House Speaker also addressed her concerns about the attack’s impact on her husband and the rest of their family. “Paul is so concerned about the traumatic effect on our children and our grandchildren, and we’re concerned about the traumatic effect on him,” she said.
Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was hospitalized on Friday with a skull fracture after being assaulted by an intruder armed with a hammer at their home in California who yelled “Where is Nancy?” “Where has Nancy gone?”
According to Nancy Pelosi’s longtime spokesperson, Drew Hammill, Paul Pelosi, 82, pulled through a “successful surgery” to repair a skull fracture and other “serious injuries” sustained during the assault and is on the road to a complete recovery.
According to San Francisco police, Paul Pelosi called 911 but did not directly report what was going on, but a dispatcher sent officers to follow up with a “wellbeing check” at about 2.27 a.m. local time on Friday morning. They discovered an adult male confronting Paul Pelosi, who was holding a hammer.
“The suspect pulled the hammer away from Pelosi and violently assaulted him with it. Our officers immediately tackled the suspect, disarmed him, took him into custody,” said Bill Scott, chief of the San Francisco police department.