The violent home invasion at Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s residence Friday morning — which led to an attack that left her husband Paul hospitalized — is rattling Washington at a time when fears of political violence were already spiking.
The break-in is a dramatic escalation of the kind of aggressive threats that many lawmakers in both parties have seen in recent years, particularly since last year’s brutal Capitol siege. For some in the Hill community, the revelation that the perpetrator called out “where’s Nancy?” during the invasion eerily echoed the chants of pro-Trump Jan. 6 rioters, who stormed the Capitol and searched the halls for the speaker in a bid to stop the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.
Pelosi, who was away from her San Francisco home at the time of the attack, has long warned of rising violent rhetoric and made security for Congress’ members and staff a higher priority since the riot — which included the pilfering of her own office.
Law enforcement officials are still investigating how the alleged assailant, identified by police as 42-year-old David DePape, was able to access the speaker’s home and have not yet assessed a motive.
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