‘Heartbroken and traumatized’: Nancy Pelosi responds to violent attack on her husband
Nancy Pelosi has responded to the violent attack on her husband by Rep. John Lewis.
Lewis, an African-American Democrat and civil rights activist, was shot twice in the back in an attempted assassination on Monday morning.
Nancy Pelosi, the first woman to serve as the House speaker, told reporters outside the House chamber that Lewis was still in a critical condition.
‘Heartbroken and traumatized’: John Lewis, the civil rights activist who was shot in the back for his activism, is in a critical condition, according to Pelosi
‘He is still in a critical condition and we pray for his recovery, his spirit is still very much with us,’ Pelosi said.
Lewis’s bodyguard, Darryl Green, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
Pelosi said Lewis is being treated at a hospital.
Nancy Pelosi also said the House had received ‘deeply disturbing’ allegations that Lewis was targeted because of his activism.
Lewis said in a statement on Facebook: ‘My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and I join my colleagues in condemning the senseless shooting.’
Pelosi and House Speaker John Boehner said that while they condemn the alleged violence, they support the two victims and their families.
In a statement, Boehner said: ‘I know our prayers are with the families of Rep. Lewis and Rep. Green and with House member and others who have lost loved ones in such events.
‘Speaker Pelosi sent an eloquent and powerful message condemning the violence in Charlottesville and encouraging civil dialogue and understanding between all Americans.’
Lewis – ‘He is still in a critical condition and we pray for his recovery, his spirit is still very much with us,’ House speaker Nancy Pelosi said
Pelosi said House Speaker John Boehner also’sent an eloquent and powerful message condemning violence on our streets and urging peaceful protest in defense of people’s freedom.’
‘We agree with each other and we condemn the violence in Charlottesville,’ she said. ‘As a proud house member, I would do well to stand up and support those who are on the front lines standing up for the rights of all in our great country.’
Pelosi also said that ‘we all have a shared responsibility to speak out against hatred and bigotry.’
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