On Nov. 8, 2022, as precincts across the country were beginning to report results from the 2022 midterm elections, Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs took the stage at a GOP watch party. During his remarks in Scottsdale, Biggs said, "We're going to show Nancy Pelosi the door very shortly. Don't let it hit you on the backside, Nancy.
She's losing the gavel but finding the hammer. Too soon? Is that too soon? I didn't know. I just didn't know."
The remark appeared to have first been reported by Kyung Lah, a senior national correspondent for CNN.
A video of Biggs making the joke about Pelosi and the hammer was later posted by The Recount on Twitter
Biggs' joke referenced a brutal attack on U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband, Paul, that occurred on Oct. 28. According to San Francisco Police, an intruder broke into the couple's San Francisco home and struck Paul Pelosi with a hammer, leaving him with a fractured skull and other injuries.
The Associated Press reported that "forty-two-year-old David DePape was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, elder abuse and burglary." Nancy Pelosi was in Washington, D.C., at the time.