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Youngkin apologizes for Pelosi attack comments


A statement from Youngkin provided through his office also condemned the violence and said it was a “personal note” between him and Pelosi.

“My full intent in my comments was to state categorically that the violence and the type of violence that has been perpetrated against Speaker Pelosi’s husband is not only unacceptable, it is atrocious. And I haven’t done a great job with it,” he said. “And so listen, that was a personal note and it was a note between me and the speaker, just to reflect those feelings.”

Youngkin also previously backtracked on his comments publicly on November 1, tell a Punchbowl News reporter he had wanted to call the incident “atrocious”. Punch bowl too reported for the first time on the note to Pelosi.

Paul Pelosi was hospitalized after David DePape allegedly broke into the Pelosi household and attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer. He told police he was looking for the speaker and planned to hold her hostage, according to court documents. Paul Pelosi has since been released from hospital, but Nancy Pelosi said her husband has a long recovery ahead of him.

DePape faces separate local and federal charges that, if convicted, could land him in jail for decades. Court records showed DePape was likely driven to violence by conspiracy theories and beliefs that Pelosi ran a corrupt political establishment.

Although Pelosi hasn’t publicly indicated whether she plans to continue leading House Democrats after the midterm elections, she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in a recent interview that her plans would be influenced in part by the attack on her husband.