The home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was broken into last night, and Pelosi's husband Paul was hospitalized after being brutally beaten with a hammer by the assailant.
Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was attacked and severely beaten by an assailant with a hammer who broke into their San Francisco home early Friday, according to people familiar with the investigation.
Pelosi, 82, suffered blunt force injuries to his head and body, according to two people who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing probe.
The attack was not random; the assailant specifically targeted the home, the people said. The assailant was in custody.
Pelosi was being treated by doctors for bruising, severe swelling and other injuries. Nancy Pelosi’s spokesman Drew Hammill said he was expected to make a full recovery.
“The Speaker and her family are grateful to the first responders and medical professionals involved, and request privacy at this time,” Hammill said in a statement.
While the circumstances of the attack are unclear, the attack raises questions about the safety of members of Congress and their families as threats to lawmakers are at an all-time high almost two years after the deadly Capitol insurrection. The attack also comes just 11 days ahead of midterm elections in which crime and public safety have emerged as top concerns among Americans.
Even if this somehow doesn't turn out to be a terrorist attack, and all the available evidence indicates that this was an assassination attempt on Nancy Pelosi's life,. it does call into question the safety of members of Congress. This wasn't protesting or even vandalizing property, this was felony assault on the spouse of the Speaker of the House.
We forget that a man walked up to Gabrielle Giffords at a campaign event and put a bullet in her skull, then attacked almost 20 others in 2011.
The message is clear: if Pelosi's family isn't safe, no Democratic lawmaker's family is. And if Pelosi herself was there in her home, would she have been attacked, maybe killed just days before the midterms?
I warned this was coming. Expect a lot more of this in the days, weeks, and months ahead.