The New York Post reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement this weekend regarding a brutal attack on her husband, Paul Pelosi.
While some have linked the violence to conservative rhetoric, new details concerning his alleged attacker are raising questions.
Pelosi family left “heartbroken and traumatized”
“Yesterday morning, a violent man broke into our family home, demanded to confront me and brutally attacked my husband Paul,” the Post quoted Pelosi as saying on Saturday in a letter to her House colleagues.
“Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the life-threatening attack on our Pop,” she added.
Pelosi reposted that message to Twitter while making a point of expressing gratitude to law enforcement and emergency service personnel.
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
According to Fox News, 42-year-old David DePape has been charged with attempted murder following an incident last Friday in which he allegedly struck Paul Pelosi on the head with a hammer, resulting in a skull fracture.
Fox News also noted that during a Sunday appearance on MSNBC, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre likened the incident to behavior by Capitol Hill rioters.
“The thing that is probably the most haunting about when we hear the reports of this assailant, of the attacker that you were speaking of, is that he was yelling out the things that we heard during January 6, which is, ‘Where is Nancy?’” she said.
Suspect said to have flown Black Lives Matter flag outside of home
However, a Daily Mail article observed that while DePape has been portrayed as a “far-right conspiracy theorist,” it is still unclear what, if any, role politics played in Pelosi’s assault.
The paper interviewed neighbors who said that DePape and his live-in partner had Black Live Matter and gay pride flags outside of their home.
What’s more, the couple is said to have regularly gone on days-long drug benders and sold illegal narcotics in the neighborhood.