House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested on Sunday that Republicans’ “horrendous response” to the politically motivated attack on her husband last month may have discouraged some voters in last week’s midterm elections.
“It wasn’t just the attack. It was the Republican reaction to that that was shameful,” the California Democrat told CNN’s Dana Bash on ‘State of the Union’ when asked if she thought the brutal attack on her husband had an impact on the elections.
“The attack is horrific. I mean imagine how I feel as the one who was the target and my husband is paying the price and the traumatic effect on our family,” she said. “But this trauma is intensified by the ridiculously disrespectful attitude of the Republicans – and no one disagrees with the horrible response they gave him.”
“Do you think that turned voters off?” Bash asked, to which Pelosi replied, “They tell me.”
Paul Pelosi was attacked at the couple’s San Francisco home late last month and required surgery to repair a fractured skull and hand and arm injuries sustained in the attack. Her alleged attacker, David DePape, has been charged with a litany of crimes including assault, attempted murder and attempted kidnapping. DePape pleaded not guilty to all charges against the state during his initial court appearance.
Immediately after news broke of the attack, Republicans offered a variety of responses, ranging from mocking the incident and stoking conspiracy theories about it, to condemning the assault.
Donald Trump Jr., for example, shared an image on social media of a hammer and a pair of underwear with the words “I got my Paul Pelosi Halloween costume ready.” During the attack, DePape hit Pelosi with a hammer, according to a court filing.
Earlier this month, Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake – whose endorsement of former President Donald Trump’s political brand was a central part of her campaign – claimed that she didn’t shed light on the assault despite a clear joke about the lack of security at Pelosis. ‘ residence.
In contrast, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, a Republican who drew criticism after referring to the attack as part of a political stunt against Nancy Pelosi, expressed regret for his remark.
Still, several prominent Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, condemned the attack.
Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that her husband was doing much better after the attack. Paul Pelosi was released from a San Francisco hospital earlier this month after recovering from surgery to repair the fractured skull and injuries to his hand and arm.
“Every day brings us closer to healing. It’s a long journey, but he’s doing well, comforted by the good wishes and especially the prayers of so many across the country,” she said. “We thank them all for that. And again, so many people said, “I’m going to be sure to vote because this has gone too far.”
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