- Nancy Pelosi on Monday discussed with CNN her husband’s recovery from a violent political attack.
- “[A]ny revisiting of it is really traumatizing,” Pelosi told Anderson Cooper.
- Shortly after Pelosi’s interview aired, Trump took the stage at an Ohio rally, calling her ‘crazy.’
Shortly after Nancy Pelosi had her first sit-down interview since her husband was attacked with a hammer in their San Francisco home, Donald Trump took the stage at an Ohio rally calling to end her career “once and for all.”
“So I run to the door, and I’m very scared,” Nancy Pelosi told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, describing when the Capitol Police came to her door to tell her of the attack on her husband. She described the attack on her husband, Paul Pelosi, as traumatizing for the whole family, especially knowing the attacker was willing to assault the 82-year-old while searching for her.
Paul Pelosi is recovering after surgery to repair a skull fracture he sustained after being attacked with a hammer on October 28. San Francisco’s District Attorney Brooke Jenkins described the violence as “politically motivated,” based on comments made by the attacker, David DePape. DePape, who has hazy political ties and conspiratorial beliefs, is facing state and federal charges including assault and attempted kidnapping.
“You see what the reaction is on the other side to this, to make a joke of it, and really that is traumatizing too,” Nancy Pelosi told CNN, criticizing the way some Republicans have responded to the attack, adding that she hasn’t discussed specific details of the attack with her husband because “any revisiting of it is really traumatizing.”
Shortly after Nancy Pelosi’s interview aired, former President Trump took the stage at an Ohio rally to endorse Senate candidate JD Vance, quickly turning his comments to attacks on the Speaker of the House.
“You’re going to vote for an incredible slate of American-first Republicans up and down the ballot,” Trump told his audience in Ohio. “And then you’re going to end crazy Nancy Pelosi’s political career once and for all.”
During his speech, the former president called the Speaker of the House, the second in the line of succession from the presidency, an “animal,” and lamented that she had twice led impeachment efforts against him “for nothing.”
In her CNN interview, Nancy Pelosi also said the attack has impacted her decision about her eventual retirement, but declined to offer specifics on whether it has pushed her to stay in her position or leave it.
Experts in extremism and political violence have told Insider they are concerned about the potential for violence surrounding the midterms, spurred by anti-Democrat rhetoric and threats made largely by GOP politicians and Trump supporters.
“It’s actually hard to get regular people to commit violence, but it’s made easier when people are made to seem less than human, they are turned into threats, and violence is posited as defensive. MAGA politicians have been doing all three,” Rachel Kleinfeld, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace and expert on political violence, told Insider.
Representatives for Nancy Pelosi and Trump did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.