In this episode we try to understand how the assailant, David DePape, was radicalized by the Q Anon cult and when his break from reality started to manifest. We go over all the details of the vicious attack as we explain how conspiracy theories emerge. If you like our content please become a patron to get two bonus premium episodes per month, as well as our public episodes ad-free.
“Where is Nancy?” These are the words DePape was screaming as he broke in to the Pelosis’ San Francisco home breaking a glass door in the back of the house, carrying his tool box, at least two hammers and zip ties. The investigators already determined that the target of the attack was The Speaker of The House. 1
The attacker’s plan was to hold Nancy Pelosi hostage and probably torture her, “break her kneecaps” and find out more information about other democrats, he had a list of names with him too.
82 year old Paul Pelosi was seriously injured after being struck on the head with a hammer and was rushed to the hospital. 2
The situation was made worse by GOP politicians who started spreading conspiracy theories online. Elon Musk, days after buying Twitter, also got involved, implying in a reply tweet to Hillary Clinton that there’s more to this story and alluding that Paul Pelosi and the attacker were involved sexually. He later deleted that tweet. 3
The one bit of good news is that Jack Dorsey is launching a new social platform, BlueSky Social. 4
2. Victoria Bekiempis. A secret bathroom 911 call: how Paul Pelosi saved his own life. The Guardian. October 2022. ⇤
3. Kurtis Lee. Elon Musk, in a Tweet, Shares Link From Site Known to Publish False News. New York Times. October 2022. ⇤
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