Nancy Pelosi says attack on husband was ‘fueled by misinformation’

In her first sit-in interview since her husband was attacked at her San Francisco home last month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the attack was due to misinformation and called for a national cure.

“It’s really sad because it was a flame fueled by misinformation,” Pelosi said in an interview with Anderson Cooper that aired Monday night on CNN.

Paul Pelosi, 83, was left with a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right arm and hands after an attacker broke into Pelosi’s home on October 28 and hit him with a hammer.

David DePape, 42, has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, kidnapping and other charges he faces in connection with the attack. Federal authorities said DePape planned to hold Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) hostage and fracture her kneecaps, calling her the “leader of the pack” of lies spread by the Democratic Party.

“Paul wasn’t the target and he’s the one paying the price,” Nancy Pelosi said in a CNN interview.

She said her husband is fine, “but it’s a long road.”

He was hit on the head in two places, but the punches did not pierce his brain, she said.

“Every return visit is traumatizing,” she said, adding that it was difficult for her husband to come back to their home for the first time.

Pelosi said she agrees with the connections President Biden has made between DePape and the people who stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

“Are you drawing the same line?” Cooper asked her.

“Absolutely,” she said. “There’s no question it’s the same… inflamed by the same misrepresentations.

“But the fact of the matter is that right now it’s time for healing… That’s not a path we can go any further,” she said.

Pelosi also criticized the reactions of Republican figures who had taken the attack lightly and spun conspiracy theories about the incident.

“You see what the answer is from the other side to make a joke out of it. It’s also traumatizing,” she said.

The attack also affected Pelosis’ political future, she said when asked by Cooper.

The 82-year-old is expected to win another term as the representative of San Francisco’s 12th congressional district on Tuesday. Cooper asked her if she would consider retiring if the Democrats lost the House and ended her time as Speaker.

“My decision will be influenced by what has happened in the last week or two,” she said.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-11-08/nancy-pelosi-says-attack-on-husband-was-fueled-by-misinformation Nancy Pelosi says attack on husband was ‘fueled by misinformation’

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