The New York Times published a piece Saturday accusing Republicans and prominent right-wing personalities of spreading misinformation and conspiracy theories about the night Paul Pelosi was attacked – while not addressing glaring questions about the assault in their reporting.
After the attack on Pelosi, 82, in the early morning hours on October 28, different theories have circulated in regard to what happened that night.
There have been theories that the attack had been staged, questions about whether Pelosi knew his attacker, and even a theory that the assault was the result of an extramarital gay affair.
Pelosi is recovering at home a week after he was struck in the head with a hammer wielded by David DePape, 42, who broke into the San Francisco property while Pelosi’s wife US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi – along with her security detail – was in Washington, D.C.
In the New York Times piece published this weekend, the paper points to 21 elected officials, candidates, and other prominent figures who they claim have spread misinformation or cast doubt on the attack.
Yet, there are still many questions left to be answered and social media users are asking why The Times, long regarded as the ‘newspaper of record’ in the United States with access to a multitude of resources, has failed to address the glaring holes in the account of the attack.
Nancy Pelosi is seen on Sunday leaving her San Francisco, California, home she shares with husband Paul Pelosi, who was attacked last week by an intruder who struck him with a hammer
Paul Pelosi, 82, (left) is recovering at home a week after he was struck in the head with a hammer wielded by David DePape, who broke into the San Francisco property while Pelosi’s wife US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was in Washington, D.C.
DePape is accused of breaking into the Pelosi home and attacking Paul Pelosi with a hammer. He reportedly asked ‘where’s Nancy’ and told investigators he wanted to break her kneecaps
Some social media users are criticizing The Times for not using their resources to do their own digging and address the glaring holes in the account of the attack
Social media users are demanding answers to questions like one tweet where the user asked: ‘where is the body cam video? Where are the Pelosi security cam videos? Where is the recording of Pelosi’s call to police? Why isn’t the NYT reporting on this or at least asking questions?’
Another user tweeted: ‘The ONLY ‘misinformation’ I have seen in regard to what happened to Paul Pelosi has come from media outlets like the New York Times. We all know the ‘official story’ is pure bullsh**…’
DePape, 42, is being held on charges of attempted murder, burglary, and elder abuse for breaking into the Pelosi home and attacking Paul Pelosi with a hammer.
He had reportedly asked ‘where’s Nancy’ and told investigators that he wanted to break her kneecaps.
As the story gained traction in the media the next day, with various versions circulating in the news and on social media, the New York Times claims some Republican officials joined in by suggesting that the attack was actually an ‘inside job or a lover’s quarrel.’
A US senator said that ‘none of us will ever know’ what really happened at the Pelosis’ San Francisco home, The Times reported.
Their piece used an illustration to show the different theories each official and prominent figurehead said in the wake of the attack.
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene suggested Pelosi knew his attacker. Representative Clay Higgins suggested the attack involved male prostitution. And Representative Royce White claimed the attack involved an extramarital gay affair.
Former President Donald Trump – along with several other elected officials and Prominent right-wing figures – questioned whether the attack might have been staged.
The New York Times piece used an illustration to show the different theories each official and prominent figure head said in the wake of the attack
Former President Donald Trump – along with several other elected officials and Prominent right-wing figures – questioned whether the attack might have been staged
Fox News host Tucker Carlson demanded on his show for the police to release the body cam footage:
‘Just produce the police body cam, — why is that so hard?’ Carlson demanded on his show on Wednesday night.
He addressed people criticizing the conspiracy theorizing: ‘We’re not the crazy people; you’re the liars. There’s nothing wrong with asking questions, period.’
On Friday, prosecutors in San Francisco refused to release police body cam and surveillance footage from the attack.
District Attorney Brooke Jenkins – a Democrat who defeated ‘woke’ DA Chesa Boudin in a recall earlier this year – refused to release details beyond what was already in court filings, including video of the attack.
‘Mr. Pelosi opened the door, they were both holding a hammer and the police observed Mr. DePape pull that hammer away and then strike Mr. Pelosi,’ Jenkins said Thursday. That is the most that we’re going to say at this point. Our job is not to try this case in the public or in the press. It’s to try it in a courtroom.’
The tight-lipped reporting of the incident comes as NBC News pulled a bombshell report that claimed Paul Pelosi didn’t tell responding police officers he was in danger just before he was injured in a hammer attack at his San Francisco home last week.
DePape, 42, is being held on charges of attempted murder, burglary and elder abuse for breaking into the Pelosi home and attacking Paul Pelosi with a hammer
DePape, 42, who is charged with breaking into U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home and clubbing her husband in the head with a hammer, sits next to his public defender Adam Lipson and prosecutor Phoebe Maffei before Judge Diane Northway
More than a week has passed since the hammer attack, but many questions are still unanswered and DailyMail.com compiled five pertient questions related to the assault on Pelosi.
1. Was there a third person involved?
Law enforcement officials confirmed Paul Pelosi and the suspect, DePape, were the only two people at the Pelosi residence when police responded.
The confusion stemmed from media reports that followed a press conference on October 28 when San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) Chief Bill Scott said that when officers knocked on the front door of the Pelosi residence, ‘the door was opened by someone inside’ and officers spotted Pelosi and DePape ‘inside the entryway of the home.’
There was also confusion about the wording in the court documents that referred to ‘another man’ when Pelosi was on phone with 911.
Social media users were quick to post that there was an unknown third person at the scene of the incident. But law enforcement officials told Reuters that Pelosi and DePape were the only two people at the Pelosi residence at the time.
Paul Pelosi, Jr. arrives at the home of his parents Nancy Pelosi and Paul Pelosi on Sunday, a week after his father Paul Pelosi was the victim of a recent hammer attack in San Francisco
2. How did DePape get inside?
The court filing said DePape smashed his shoulder through a glass window early Friday in the back of the Pelosis’ Pacific Heights home and confronted a sleeping Paul, clad only in boxer shorts and a pajama top.
While at the scene, DePape looked at the glass door and told investigators that was where he broke into the house. Officers later recovered his bag outside the damaged glass doors. Inside, there was another hammer, a laptop, and more bags of zip ties.
However, some have raised questions about the glass outside the back door – which some say looks like it may have been smashed from the inside.
On a segment of BlazeTV podcast ‘What We Know So Far,’ Glenn Beck questioned the back door being broken:
‘It appears to be busted from the inside,’ he noted. ‘I mean I watched enough Colombo excuse me sir one more thing when the glass be on the inside of the door and not the outside of the door but we don’t know what kind of glass it was . . . we have no idea.’
Another question is how DePape gets inside the house with his wife being third in line for the presidency.
The San Francisco Police Department often posted a patrol car at the Pelosi house, particularly after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack at the Capitol, but there was no police car present at the home during the time of the attack.
Speaker Pelosi was in Washington at the time and under the protection of her security detail, which does not extend to family members. She quickly returned to San Francisco, where her husband was hospitalized and underwent surgery for a skull fracture and other injuries.
3. What exactly happened when police arrived at the scene?
San Francisco Police officers Kolby Wilmes and Kyle Cagney were dispatched to the residence of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Paul Pelosi around 2:27 a.m. on Friday, October 28, for an ‘A-priority’ well-being check.
When they rang the doorbell, DePape reportedly told Pelosi not to open the door, but Pelosi did anyway using his left hand.
Pelosi and DePape stood in the dimly lit foyer and faced the officers as Pelosi calmly greeted them, according to the police report
When one of the officers asked the men what was going on, DePape responded ‘everything’s good’ and pulled his hands toward his body.
When an officer turned on his flashlight, DePape could be seen holding the bottom handle of the hammer with one hand and Pelosi’s right arm with the other. Pelosi’s right hand was also on the handle of the hammer.
When an officer ordered for the men to ‘drop the hammer,’ DePape raised the hammer and said, ‘um, nope’ as he tried to pull it away from Pelosi who exclaimed ‘hey, hey!’
DePape then gained control of it and struck Pelosi’s head, which knocked Pelosi unconscious. Officers immediately tackled DePape and arrested him.
4. How could he have attacked while the police were already there?
The two responding officers witnessed DePape hit Pelosi with the hammer at least once, striking him in the head, the court filing states. The assault was also captured on the officers’ body cameras.
5. What exactly are DePape’s politics?
While reports indicate that DePape was an unhinged, far-right conspiracy theorist, neighbors noted his politics were much more muddied.
They said he had Black Live Matter flags and an LGBT rainbow flag outside his home, but also said that any liberal leanings appeared to be shallow and performative.
His social media showed he posted conspiracy theories about the origins of the COVID epidemic, the validity of the 2020 election, and the January 6th insurrection on Capitol Hill.
Many of DePape’s social media posts were filled with tirades against Jewish people, black people, Democrats, the media and transgender people, under categories such as ‘Trannies,’ ‘Da Jewbs’ and ‘Great Reset.’
By late August, DePape seemed to become engrossed in Twitter’s decision to ban Jordan Peterson for his posts about transgender people after the Canadian psychologist compared being transgender to ‘satanic ritual abuse.’
More recently, amid backlash to rapper Kanye West’s tweet declaring war on the Jewish people, DePape posted: ‘We are ALL the Jews’ slave race.
In just the past month alone, DePape had published hundreds of blog posts promoting far-right conspiracy theories before he allegedly broke into Pelosi’s home, the Boston Globe reports.
DePape was also active on 4chan, positing memes and debating other anonymous users about his beliefs.
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