Editor’s note: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s interview will air on “Anderson Cooper 360” at 8pm ET.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described how she got the news that her husband, Paul, had been attacked, telling CNN’s Anderson Cooper that she was “very scared” when there was a knock on the Capitol Police door.
In her first sit-down interview since the attack, Pelosi said she was sleeping in Washington, DC, after flying in from San Francisco the night before, when the doorbell rang in the early hours of the morning. “I looked up, I see it’s 5 [a.m. ET]they must be in the wrong apartment,” he told Cooper after asking where he was when he got the news.
Pelosi said the doorbell rang again and then she heard “bang, bang, bang, bang, bang at the.”
“So I run to the door, and I’m really scared,” Pelosi said, describing what happened. “I see the Capitol Police and they say, ‘We need to come in to talk to you.'”
Pelosi described how her thoughts immediately went to her children and grandchildren.
“And I’m thinking about my children, my grandchildren. I never thought it would be Paul, you know, I knew he wouldn’t be out, shall we say. And so they entered. At that time, we didn’t even know where he was,” he said.
The violent attack on Paul Pelosi has raised new concerns about threats of political violence fueled by partisan animosity and increasingly hostile political rhetoric, highlighting the potential vulnerability of lawmakers and their families in the current political climate.
Paul Pelosi was attacked with a hammer by a male assailant at the couple’s San Francisco home late last month, authorities said. The assailant was looking for the Speaker of the House, according to court documents.
David DePa is charged with six counts of attempted murder, robbery, assault, false imprisonment and threatening a relative of a public official in connection with the attack. He has pleaded not guilty to all state charges.
After the attack, Paul Pelosi underwent surgery to “repair a fractured skull and severe injuries to his right arm and hands,” Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Nancy Pelosi, said in an earlier statement. He was released from the hospital last week.
Nancy Pelosi has also indicated that she will consider the attack on her husband after the midterm elections when she decides about her political future.
Pelosi, one of the most powerful figures in national Democratic politics, has built a reputation as a formidable leader of House Democrats who holds sway in her caucus. But speculation is mounting in Washington about what Pelosi’s next move will be and whether she will decide to retire if Republicans regain the majority.
In Monday’s interview, Cooper asked Pelosi if she confirmed she had made a decision, one way or the other, about what she would do, noting that “there has been a lot of discussion about whether you would retire if the Democrats lose the House.” “.
The speaker said the decision “will be influenced by what has happened in the last week or two,” and asked Cooper, “Will your decision be affected in any way by the attack?”
“Yes,” Pelosi said.
“It will be?” Cooper asked.
“Yes,” Pelosi said again.
This story was updated with additional updates on Monday.