Pelosi reads a poem in her first on-camera comments since her husband’s attack
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pushed her on Friday first notes on the camera from the attack that hospitalized her husband, saying he would get better and reading a poem calling for the country’s unification.
“It’s going to be a long road, but he’s going to be fine,” she told supporters before addressing Tuesday’s by-election.
Pelosi said the way her husband, Paul Pelosi, was injured was “so tragic,” but added that “we have to be optimistic.”
The speaker read an excerpt from a poem by Israeli poet Ehud Manor that she had previously read after the riots at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, to encourage the country to come together.
“I have no other country. Although my land is burning, my veins, my soul with an aching body and a hungry heart, here is my home”, she read. “I will not be silent. Because my country has changed its face. I will not give up on her.”
“We need to bring our country together,” she added after she finished reading the poem. “So when we take this fight, we go to this vote, let’s do it with the utmost respect for everybody.”
The suspect in the attack on Paul Pelosi faces multiple federal and state charges, including assault and attempted kidnapping. Officials alleged that David DePape broke into the Pelosis’ home in San Francisco and hit Paul Pelosi with a hammer.
Paul Pelosi underwent surgery after the attack to repair a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right arm and hands. He was released from the hospital on Thursday.
The statement from the Department of Justice states that DePape sought the Speaker of the House of Representatives upon entry and planned to kidnap her and eventually other officials.
Politicians on both sides of the political spectrum condemned the attack, but some high-profile Republicans remained largely silent or even joked or mocked the incident.
Donald Trump Jr. mocked the attack on the Internet, retweeting the photo of a hammer that read “I prepared Paul Pelosi’s Halloween costume.”
Former President Trump called the attack a “horrible thing,” and other Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) rebuked the attack.
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