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Brutal attack on Nancy Pelosi's husband: Political violence spirals in US

The assailant had shouted, "Where is Nancy?” Skull shattered in the attack with a hammer, Paul Pelosi has undergone surgery. President Biden has vainly lamented, “There’s too much violence."

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29: House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband Paul Pelosi was brutally attacked and severely injured at their home in San Francisco by an intruder who came asking for Ms Pelosi early morning Friday. He shouted, "Where is Nancy?”

Paul (82), a real estate and technology investor, who was badly battered around his head and arms, leading to skull fractures and other injuries, by the assailant wielding a hammer, was taken to hospital where he is said to be out of danger after a surgery. Ms Pelosi, who was in Washington, flew back to the hospital to see her husband.

The attacker, identified as David Depape, 42, was overpowered by the police who arrived quickly after Paul managed to ring the 911 number as soon as the attacker entered the house because he was asking for Ms Pelosi. Injured in police action, he too has been hospitalised.

The police, who received the call at 02:27 local time (09:27 GMT) on Friday, saw on arrival the two wrestling over a hammer and the attacker seizing it subsequently and battering Paul with it.

The suspect had gained access to the four-bedroom house through a rear entry. Some glass windows were smashed possibly during the attack.

As crimes are spiraling, many in Pacific Heights area neighbouring the affluent Silicon Valley, hire private security to protect their homes at night.

Threats against lawmakers too have risen sharply in recent years. Happening ahead of November 8 midterm elections, the incident has raised concerns over rising political violence around the country. The federal Government sent a warning of a "heightened threat" of domestic violent extremism against candidates and election workers to law enforcement agencies across the country.

Earlier, in January last year, the Pelosis' house was vandalized with graffiti and a pig’s head was left on the sidewalk.

Speaking at a political event in Pennsylvania, President Biden said, “There’s too much violence. Political violence. Too much hatred. Too much vitriol. And what makes us think that one party can talk about stolen elections, Covid being a hoax, it’s all a bunch of lies, and it not affect people who may not be so well balanced?”

According to the Capitol Police, in the five years since Trump was elected in 2016, threats against members of Congress had increased more than tenfold to 9,625 in 2021. Especially the attack on Capitol by Trump men was unprecedented and amounted to an insurrection.

Nancy Pelosi

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, was elected to a fourth term as Speaker of the House of Representatives in 2021. She has represented San Francisco in Congress since 1987. Her husband Paul Pelosi was born in San Francisco and has his business here. They have five children. Ms Pelosi is second in line to the presidency after Vice-President Kamala Harris.

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