Pelosi says her husband ‘pays the price’ for divided political landscape

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Monday that her husband, Paul, was not the target of an attacker who broke into their San Francisco home last month, but that he is “the one paying the price” amid a dangerous political divisions in America.

“For me, this is really the hardest thing, because Paul wasn’t the target,” the Democratic leader told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday, her first sit-down interview after the attack. “It’s really sad because it’s a flame that was fueled by misinformation. … It has no place in our democracy.”

Her comments come just a day before the midterm elections and amid concerns that some Republicans will continue to spread lies and misinformation after Tuesday’s losses similar to those surrounding Donald Trump’s 2020 defeat.

A suspect, identified as 42-year-old David DePape, has been charged with breaking into the Pelosi’s home, confronting Paul Pelosi, and asking, “Where’s Nancy?” She wasn’t home at the time because she had flown to Washington, DC

Police arrived after the speaker’s husband called 911, just as the suspect allegedly hit Paul Pelosi on the head with a hammer. He was hospitalized and underwent surgery for a skull fracture before being released last week.

Pelosi, close to tears at times, said she had hoped lawmakers in the GOP would recognize that anyone in Congress from either party could be subject to threats and violence. But she said it remained “very sad for the country that people with such high visibility would be separating themselves from the facts and the truth in such a blatant manner.”

“You would think there would be a certain amount of accountability,” said Pelosi, who said she believed Republicans were carrying out a “unilateral attack” on democracy. “But you see what the reaction is on the other side, to make a joke of it. And actually that is also traumatizing.”

The speaker said the attack would affect her decision to retire at the end of her current term.

“I was close to tears a few times in this conversation. I think I’ve been very successful in containing that,” Pelosi continued. “But of course I am sad for my husband, but I am also sad for our country. Unless we can get over this and have enough people to say, while I may not agree with everything the Democrats or the Republicans are for, I agree that our democracy is important and we need to protect it.”

Pelosi added, as she has done before, that she believes a strong Republican party is good for American democracy.

“The GOP … has done great things for our country,” she said. “We need that instead of a party that succumbs to a cult, to a criminal as I see it.”

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