Joe Biden has said things have gotten better after Paul Pelosi was attacked in his home — and said the attack appeared to have been directed at his wife, House Speaker Nancy.
After the President of the United States made the above remarks Describe the violent attack as ‘despicable’while the San Francisco police chief said it was “not a random attack.”
Mr. Pelosi, 82, is recovering from a skull fracture He was attacked with a hammer by an intruder on Friday.
The intruder – David DePapp – broke into the couple’s San Francisco home around 2:30 a.m. and was reportedly looking for a spokesman for the American Family.
Officers were called to the house for a “health check” and found both men with hammers, police said.
The suspect then pulled the hammer away from Mr Pelosi and used it to “violently attack” him before being tackled by police, they said.
At some point, the suspect searched the Democratic leader, shouting, “Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy?”
The U.S. president was quick to condemn the attack on Mr. Pelosi and compared the attack on the House speaker’s husband to the U.S. Capitol riots.
At an event in Philadelphia on Friday night, he said he had earlier spoken to Mrs. Pelosi, who reported her husband was “in good spirits.”
He then published reports that the attackers repeated the “same slogans” heard during the riots on January 6, 2021.
“People’s chants are: ‘Where’s Nancy?'” Mr Biden said, calling it “despicable.”
“There is too much violence, political violence,” the president added, showing that rejecting the election and calling COVID-19 a “hoax” has eroded the political climate.
“Everyone with a conscience needs to speak out clearly and unequivocally against violence in our politics, whatever your politics is,” he said.
“Not random behavior”
Meanwhile, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said at a news conference Friday night that the attack on Mr. Pelosi’s San Francisco home was “intentional.”
“It was not random. It was intentional. It was wrong,” he said.
Mr Scott declined to comment further on a possible motive for the attack and said an investigation was ongoing.
A spokesman said Mr Pelosi was rushed to hospital and underwent surgery for a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right arm and hand.
He is expected to make a full recovery.
Posts about QAnon
DePape, 42, was charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary and several other felonies.
His motives are not yet clear.
According to preliminary investigations, the suspect appears to have made racist and often rambling posts online, including some that echo the QAnon conspiracy theory.
His posts also questioned the outcome of the 2020 election and defended former President Donald Trump.
San Francisco police, Capitol Police and the FBI are investigating the attack.
Nearly two years after the Capitol riots in January 2021, when Mrs. Pelosi’s office was ransacked, concerns have grown for the safety of American politicians.