Sun. Jun 4th, 2023

Paul Pelosi attacker trafficks in conspiracy theories in name to TV station after video launch

CNN
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The person who attacked the husband of Nancy Pelosi of their dwelling final 12 months confirmed no regret and continued his harmful fixation on the previous Home speaker in a weird telephone name to a San Francisco reporter on Friday, in response to the Bay Space station’s reporting.

David DePape known as KTVU’s Amber Lee from the San Francisco County Jail on the identical day the assault footage was launched, with what he known as “an essential message for everybody in America.”

With out mentioning Pelosi by identify, DePape stated he had gathered “names and addresses” of individuals he believed have been “systematically and intentionally” destroying American freedom and liberty and stated he needed to “have a heart-to-heart chat about their dangerous habits.”

DePape added that he ought to have been “higher ready,” including that he was sorry that he “didn’t get extra of them.”

KTVU stated their reporter was not allowed to ask follow-up questions of DePape through the telephone dialog, which he allowed to be recorded.

The decision got here on the identical day {that a} California court docket launched video of the assault, audio of the 911 name and his preliminary police interview after the arrest through which he echoed right-wing extremist views, together with MAGA tropes that underscored how he was influenced by harmful rhetoric and conspiracies.

DePape additionally informed a San Francisco police officer in October that the explanation he went to the Pelosis’ San Francisco dwelling was as a result of he believed that the then-speaker was “the chief of the pack” of all of the politicians in Washington, DC, “mendacity on a constant foundation.”

In laying out his causes for enacting the assault, DePape epitomizes how harmful unsubstantiated political rhetoric that enters the mainstream has contributed to political violence nationwide.

US Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger stated earlier this month that threats in opposition to members of Congress is “nonetheless too excessive” although risk investigations dropped in 2022 for the primary time in 5 years. Federal legislation enforcement companies have constantly warned concerning the growing risk of politically motivated violence after rioters attacked the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, elevating particular considerations concerning the chance that on-line requires violence end in real-world assaults.

DePape claimed in his October interview that Democrats, led by Pelosi, spied on former President Donald Trump in a manner that was worse than Watergate, when then-President Richard Nixon was pressured to resign after it was found his administration tried to cowl up a break-in on the Democratic Nationwide Committee headquarters.

“When Trump got here into workplace, what they did went up to now past spying on a rival marketing campaign. It’s simply loopy,” DePape stated in an audio recording of his interview with a San Francisco police officer in October.

With out proof, DePape claimed that Democrats have been on an “limitless f**king crime spree” when it got here to Trump.

“Not solely have been they spying on a rival marketing campaign, they have been submitting faux proof to spy on a rival marketing campaign, overlaying it up, persecuting the rival marketing campaign,” DePape stated of what he believed Democrats have been doing to Trump.

DePape stated that these actions originated with Hillary Clinton, who unsuccessfully ran in opposition to Trump in 2016, and that each one Democrats are “criminals.” However he zeroed in on Pelosi because the one who “ran with the mendacity.”

DePape is dealing with each state and federal costs associated to the assault. He has pleaded not responsible.

The video and audio have been launched by a court docket Friday, over the objections of DePape’s attorneys who argued it might “irreparably harm” his proper to a good trial. Media shops, together with CNN, pressed the court docket to launch the knowledge.

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