Paul Pelosi attends Kennedy Center Honors in first public appearance since attack

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Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), made his first public appearance Sunday at the Kennedy Center Honors since he was violently attacked at the couple’s San Francisco home in October.

The 82-year-old businessman was greeted with a thunderous standing ovation as he accompanied his wife to the legendary event at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House.

At the event honoring Americans who have made significant contributions to the arts, Paul Pelosi was seen next to his wife on the balcony of the Opera House of the Performing Arts Center, wearing a hat as he applauded. On one hand he wore a black glove.

In October, an intruder broke through a glass door at night in the couple’s home in the exclusive Pacific Heights neighborhood, looking for the speaker, who was out of town at the time of the incident, and shouted “Where’s Nancy? “

Paul Pelosi recovers as assault renews focus on toxic politics

Pelosi suffered such serious injuries from a hammer that the businessman had to undergo surgery to repair a fractured skull. Pelosi also suffered “serious injuries to his right arm and hands,” according to the speakers’ bureau.

David Wayne DePape faces several state and federal charges in connection with the attack, including attempted murder, attempted kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon. According to court documents, the 42-year-old told police he was on a “suicide mission” targeting a number of state and federal politicians to counter “lies” from Washington.

Last month, the speaker said her decision not to seek leadership in the Democratic Party during the next congressional session was partially due to the attack. She said she felt guilty that she was the focus of the intruder, but her husband endured the attacks.

In her speech last month announcing her decision to step down as leader, Pelosi thanked her husband, calling him “my pillar of strength,” and said she was grateful for “all the prayers and well wishes as he continues to recover.”

The lawmaker told reporters last month that her husband was “doing well” but that he had a long recovery ahead of him. The emotional trauma of the incident had left a deep impression on the entire family, Pelosi said.

“If he had fallen, slipped on the ice or had an accident and hurt his head it would be horrible, but to have it be an attack on him because they were looking for me is real – they call it ‘survivor guilt.’ or something,” she said in her most detailed comments after the incident. “But the traumatic effect on him, this happened in our house.”

“It turned our house into a crime scene,” added Pelosi.

While some GOP lawmakers and public figures expressed concern about the couple after the incident, the Pelosis soon became the target of conspiracy theories from political opponents and punch lines from the right in the days following the attack, something the speaker sharply criticized.

“If your partner were in a situation where other people would make a joke about it, think it was funny, collect money for bail for the offender, put out a conspiracy theory about what it was about – it’s so awful to thinking that the Republican Party has come to this, and no real rejection of it by anyone in the party,” she said. “It’s so sad for our country.”

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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