Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reflected on her husband Paul’s condition after the violent attack on him last year, saying that while he’s “okay,” it will still “take a little bit of time to get back to normal.” “.
Nancy Pelosi made the comments in an interview with CNN’s Chris Wallace on “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace,” which now airs on HBO Max and airs Sunday night at 7 p.m. ET on CNN. The California Democrat said her husband is “very strong” but that the incident has been very “sad for our family” and that it is a situation that must be taken “one day at a time.”
Paul Pelosi was attacked in October with a hammer at the couple’s San Francisco home by a male assailant who was looking for the House speaker, according to court documents. Paul Pelosi underwent surgery “to repair a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right arm and hands,” a spokesperson for Nancy Pelosi said in a statement following the incident.
“I feel very sad about what happened, but also sadder that the person was looking for me,” Nancy Pelosi told Wallace. “My dear husband, who is not even that political really, paid the price.”
Paul Pelosi made his first public appearance after the brutal attack in December at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC.
“She’s been off for a bit because the doctor said she had something to look forward to, and so on, one day at a time,” said Nancy Pelosi.
Speaking about her husband’s condition and recovery, she said: “He had injuries and everything else on his body. Those took time, but they healed. Tendons, you know all that. But the head is something else.”
“Anyone who has had a head injury knows to be very careful,” the former speaker continued. “You have to be careful with the movement. You have to be careful with the light. You have to be careful with the sound. And it only takes a while. You get very tired, but, you know, not going as deep, but it takes, it’s probably going to take another three or four months, according to the doctors, for him to really be himself.”
During the interview, Pelosi criticized the chaotic, contentious and protracted fight in the House of Representatives to elect Kevin McCarthy as president now that Republicans have regained control of the chamber.
“I was sad for the institution,” Pelosi said. “For the institution, they should have had their act together…and that was sad. It wasn’t anything to be amused or laugh about or anything like that. It was sad for the institution.”
Pelosi saw clear differences in how she was able to secure the votes to be elected speaker in 2019, and the choice of McCarthy, who went through multiple House floor votes as she struggled to secure the necessary GOP Conference support. before finally winning the deck.
“I wouldn’t ask people to go to the floor unless we have the votes. She knew what his, shall we say, obstacles were. They should have been resolved,” she said, referring to McCarthy.
Pelosi also reacted to McCarthy’s promise to remove several Democratic lawmakers from key committee assignments.
McCarthy has argued that Democrats created a “new standard” when they were in the majority by removing Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Paul Gosar of Arizona from their committees for inflammatory rhetoric and social media posts. McCarthy has said she would strip Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, both of California, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, of their committee assignments.
Asked if she opened the door to that, Pelosi responded: “It was clear that your members were a threat to ours. So it’s about keeping our members safe. The fact that they want to remove these people from the committee is philosophical. So, they have the votes, they could take someone out, but that’s for philosophical reasons. That is not the precedent we set.”
Marking the end of an era for House Democrats, the caucus chose Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York as its leader to succeed Pelosi. That came after Pelosi announced that he would step down from his leadership position, a role in which he built a legacy as one of the most powerful and polarizing figures in American politics.
With House Democrats now in the minority, Pelosi said she doesn’t miss being a speaker.
“No. Sometimes I wonder why I don’t, but I think I’ve done my time,” he said. “I loved it. It was a great honor. Imagine, being Speaker of the House, second in line to the presidency, which of course, would never happen, but the prestige of it all nonetheless. I love my members. I love the institution.”