Pelosi ‘heartbroken and traumatised’ over attack on husband

Police identified the assailant as 42-year-old David Depape, with Scott saying Depape would be charged with attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and other felonies.

“This was not a random act,” Scott said. “This was intentional, and it is wrong.”

The suspect “demanded to confront me and brutally attacked my husband Paul,” Pelosi – who is second in line to the presidency – said in Saturday’s letter.

“THIS TALK PRODUCES THE VIOLENCE”

US media, citing family sources, said the intruder told Paul Pelosi he was going to tie him up and wait for the speaker to get home.

Local media had earlier reported that the intruder shouted “Where’s Nancy?” during the assault, which came less than two weeks ahead of the midterm elections.

And speaking after voting in his home state of Delaware Saturday afternoon, President Joe Biden said he didn’t “know for certain, but it looks like this (assault) was intended for Nancy”.

He again denounced the attack, calling out increasingly polarising political rhetoric.

“You can’t condemn the violence unless you condemn those people who continue to argue the election was not real, that it’s being stolen – all the malarkey that’s been put out there to undermine democracy,” he said.

“This talk produces the violence,” he added.

The suspect, whom the Wall Street Journal reported broke in through a sliding-glass door, citing enforcement officers, had espoused extreme right-wing positions on social media, one of the officers told the newspaper.

Several Republicans also spoke out against the attack, including House minority whip Steve Scalise, who himself was shot at a congressional baseball practice in 2017 and said he was “disgusted” by Friday’s assault.