1 of 3 (maybe 4)https://twitter.com/HillaryClinton/status/1586411168880807936https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-10-28/pelosi-attack-suspect-david-depape-shared-conspiracy-theories
@HillaryClintonThe Republican Party and its mouthpieces now regularly spread hate and deranged conspiracy theories. It is shocking, but not surprising, that violence is the result. As citizens, we must hold them accountable for their words and the actions that follow.
latimes.com'Accused Pelosi attacker David DePape spread
QAnon'', other far-right, bigoted conspiracies
David DePape, 42, has been arrested in connection with a violent attack on U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband, Paul Pelosi.'''1:34 PM · Oct 29, 2022
·Twitter Web AppAccused Pelosi attacker David DePape spread QAnon, other far-right, bigoted conspiracies
BY SUMMER LIN, SALVADOR HERNANDEZ, TERRY CASTLEMANOCT. 28, 2022 UPDATED 6:33 PM PT
In the months before police accused him of attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Friday morning, David DePape had been drifting further into the world of far-right conspiracies, antisemitism and hate, according to a Times review of his online accounts.
In a personal blog that DePape maintained, posts include such topics as “Manipulation of History,” “Holohoax” and “It’s OK to be white.” He mentioned 4chan, a favorite message board of the far right. He posted videos about conspiracies involving COVID-19 vaccines and the war in Ukraine being a ploy for Jewish people to buy land.
DePape’s screeds included posts about QAnon, an unfounded theory that former President Trump is at war with a cabal of Satan-worshipping elites who run a child sex ring and control the world. In an Aug. 23 entry titled “Q,” DePape wrote: “Either Q is Trump himself or Q is the deepstate moles within Trumps inner circle.”
DePape’s daughter, Inti Gonzalez, told The Times that her father wrote the blog. She said that she and her mother were reeling from the news that DePape had been arrested in connection with the attack on Paul Pelosi.
“I’m a little shocked,” she said, “but not really that shocked, in all honesty.”
Authorities have not revealed a motive for the attack at the Pelosi home in San Francisco early Friday. But law enforcement sources said the assailant shouted, “Where is Nancy? Where is Nancy?” before confronting Paul Pelosi, and San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott called the attack “intentional.”
FILE - Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and her husband, Paul Pelosi, arrive at the State Department for the Kennedy Center Honors State Department Dinner, Dec. 7, 2019, in Washington. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul, was “violently assaulted” by an assailant who broke into their San Francisco home early Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, and he is now in the hospital and expected to make a full recovery, said her spokesman, Drew Hammill. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)
Several lawmakers have blamed hyper-partisanship and divisive political rhetoric for an increase in political violence and security incidents in recent years, especially following the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Scott said after a 911 call to the Pelosi residence, officers found a man — later identified as DePape — and Paul Pelosi “both holding a hammer.” The intruder pulled the hammer from the 82-year-old Pelosi and then began striking him, Scott said. Officers tackled the suspect, disarmed him and took him into custody.
DePape, 42, was taken to a hospital and later booked on suspicion of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary and destroying a cellphone to prevent someone from seeking help, authorities said.
Paul Pelosi underwent surgery Friday after the attack. Drew Hammill, a spokesperson for Nancy’s Pelosi’s office, said in a statement that Pelosi suffered a skull fracture and serious injuries to his right arm and hands. “His doctors expect a full recovery,” the statement said.