Joe Biden said Paul Pelosi is better off after an attack at his home – and said it looked like the attack was aimed at his wife Nancy, the Speaker of the House.

The president of the United States made the comments after him described the violent assault as “despicable”while the San Francisco police chief said it was “not a random attack”.

Mr. Pelosi, 82, is healing from a skull fracture after being attacked by an intruder with a hammer on Friday.

The intruder – David DePape – broke into the couple’s home in San Francisco around 2:30 a.m., looking for the speaker of the US home.

Police said officers were called home for a “welfare check” and arrived to find both men holding hammers.

They said the suspect then pulled the hammer away from Mr. Pelosi and used it to “assault him violently” before being attacked by officers.

At one point, the suspect searched for the Democratic leader shouting, “Where is Nancy? Where is Nancy?”

‘Despicable’

The President of the United States was quick to condemn the attack on Pelosi and drew parallels between the attack on the husband of the Speaker of the House and the Uprising of the United States Capitol.

Speaking at an event in Philadelphia on Friday night, she said she had previously spoken to Ms. Pelosi and she reported that her husband was in a “good mood”.

He then addressed reports that the attacker had repeated the “same song” heard during the riots of January 6, 2021.

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Biden condemns the attack on Pelosi’s husband

“The chant was: ‘Where’s Nancy?'” Said Mr. Biden, calling it “despicable”.

“There is too much violence, political violence,” the president added, suggesting that election denial and claims that COVID-19 was a “hoax” had eroded the political climate.

“Every person of good conscience needs to clearly and unequivocally oppose violence in our policy, regardless of what your policy is,” he said.

Nancy and Paul Pelosi pictured in 2018
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Nancy and Paul Pelosi pictured in 2018

‘It is not a random act’

Meanwhile, on Friday night, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott told a press conference that the attack on Mr. Pelosi at their San Francisco home was “intentional”.

He said, “This was not a random act. It was intentional. And it’s wrong.”

Mr. Scott declined to comment further on a possible reason for the assault and said the investigation was ongoing.

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Pelosi’s striker takes its name from “violent assault”

Mr. Pelosi was rushed to hospital and underwent surgery for a fractured skull and severe injuries to his right arm and hands, a spokesman said.

He is expected to make a full recovery.

Messages on QAnon

DePape, 42, was charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary and several other crimes.

His motive has not yet been clarified.

The suspect appears to have posted racist and often rambling posts online, including some that echoed QAnon’s conspiracy theories, according to initial investigations.

His posts also questioned the 2020 election results and defended former President Donald Trump.

The attack is being investigated by the San Francisco Police, the Capitol Police and the FBI.

It comes amid growing concern for the safety of American politicians nearly two years after the Capitol uprising in January 2021, when Ms. Pelosi’s office was ransacked.

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