Glenn Youngkin, governor of Virginia, wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday to express regret for comments he made that were roundly criticized following the attack on her husband, Paul Pelosi, in October.
“The entire purpose of my remarks was to firmly emphasize that violence, particularly the kind that was committed against Speaker Pelosi’s husband, is not only wrong but also disgusting. In a statement sent by a spokesman, the Republican governor admitted that he didn’t do a great job with it.
Youngkin claimed that to “convey those thoughts,” he sent Pelosi a “personal note.”
Authorities claim that an intruder who entered the couple’s San Francisco home viciously injured Paul Pelosi, who was then taken to the hospital.
According to court documents, the 82-year-old was struck in the head with the hammer at least once by law enforcement authorities who reacted to the break-in on October 28.
Last Monday, Paul Pelosi was allowed to leave the hospital. Several accusations, including attempted murder and attempted kidnapping of a U.S. official, are brought against the suspect, David DePape.
There is no place for violence anywhere, but we’re going to send her back to be with him in California, Youngkin said during a campaign stop for a Republican congressional candidate hours after the attack, to the crowd’s laughter.
The comment was swiftly criticized — primarily by Democrats — as being insensitive and an inadequate condemnation of the violence.
Youngkin initially refused to declare he regretted the words when questioned about the matter in a TV interview.
A Pelosi spokesperson acknowledged receiving the letter.