Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi was attacked by an assailant who broke into the couple’s home in San Francisco early on Friday morning and yelled, “Where is Nancy”, according to a report from CNN.
The attacker reportedly entered the Speaker’s residence at around 2:30 am in the morning. Special agents of the Capitol Police arrived from the California field office and is working on investigating the attack alongside the FBI and the San Francisco Police Department.
The assailant was carrying a hammer which he used to beat Paul Pelosi, who suffered blunt force injuries to his head and body, according to an Associated Press report. The 82-year-old was rushed to hospital but is expected to make a full recovery, Nancy Pelosi’s office said in a statement.
The attack signals an escalation in violence towards lawmakers, nearly two years after the January 6 attack on Capitol Hill. The attack has drawn condemnation and condolences from lawmakers from across the aisle in Washington D.C.
While the attacker hasn’t been identified, they are in custody but their motive remains unclear, according to a statement from Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Nancy Pelosi. The attack happened likely because Speaker Pelosi was in Washington D.C. as a result of which there was no security detail, according to the CNN report.
However, Capitol Police and law enforcement might be able to review video of the incident as there were security cameras at the home.
“The President is praying for Paul Pelosi and for Speaker Pelosi’s whole family. This morning he called Speaker Pelosi to express his support after this horrible attack,” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement.
“He is also very glad that a full recovery is expected. The President continues to condemn all violence, and asks that the family’s desire for privacy be respected,” she added.