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New Twitter owner Elon Musk tweets unsubstantiated anti-LGBTQ conspiracy theory about Paul Pelosi attack

Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, tweeted and deleted an unsubstantiated anti-LGBTQ conspiracy theory Sunday morning about the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband from a website that has habit of publishing false information.

Musk responded to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she tweeted an article from the Los Angeles Times about how Paul Pelosi attack suspect David DePape spread extreme conspiracy theories right.

clinton tweeted the link to this story with the message: “The Republican Party and its spokespersons now routinely spread deranged hate and 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.”

Musk wrote to Clinton at 8:15 a.m. Sunday, linked to a story posted on a right-wing website called the Santa Monica Observer that questioned the circumstances of the attack on Pelosi, according to an archived version of the story. “There is a small possibility that there is more to this story than meets the eye,” he wrote. (The website was no longer accessible late Sunday morning.)

Musk deleted the tweet early Sunday afternoon. By late Sunday morning, it had over 24,000 retweets and over 86,000 likes, and it was rapidly gaining popularity.

The fact-checking website Media Bias / Fact Check classifies the Santa Monica Observer as a “questionable source” based on “the systematic publication of false and misleading information and the use of poor sources”.

Media Bias/Fact Check said the website’s article about the attack “appears to be false and defamatory.”

Musk did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

San Francisco police officials have shared information with NBC News that directly contradicts the claims in the story to which Musk is linked.

Police said only two people – Pelosi and the attacker – were at the home at the time of the incident, contradicting reports shared at a press conference on Friday that suggested a third person may have opened the door. door or be in the house, what the Santa Monica Observer reported.

Police officials called the incident a “violent break-in” and said Pelosi and the suspect did not know each other before the incident, contrary to false claims reported by the Santa Monica Observer.

Police said zip ties were found at the scene, but did not say how many or where.

Robert Rueca, a San Francisco Police Department public information officer, said earlier Sunday that the incident report was not being released because the investigation was ongoing.

The Santa Monica Observer also published false stories that incorrectly reported that Clinton had died on September 11, 2001, the attacks and Democrats had used a lookalike since then and that Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, had was appointed to a non-existent post in the Department of the Interior during the Trump administration.

Website editor David Ganezer unsuccessfully ran for Santa Monica City Council in 2010 and 1988, according to the Santa Monica Daily Press. He is a registered Republican, according to voting records.

Musk’s $44 billion acquisition of Twitter was completed late last week. He said he would relax rules on what kind of speech is allowed on the platform, raising fears the changes could scare away users and advertisers.

New Twitter owner Elon Musk tweets unsubstantiated anti-LGBTQ conspiracy theory about Paul Pelosi attack

DePape is accused of attacking Pelosi, 82, with a hammer after he broke into their California home early Friday. He was looking for the Speaker of the House, who was in Washington, DC, at the time, two sources said.

Police arrived after Pelosi called 911 when the attacker wasn’t looking.

Pelosi suffered a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right arm and hands, said Drew Hammill, a spokesman for the speaker. He underwent successful surgery and is expected to make a full recovery, Hammill said Friday.

Police said DePape will be charged with attempted homicide, among other charges.

A federal law enforcement source familiar with the investigation said the criminal investigation, which is being led by San Francisco police, is expected to result in state charges in San Francisco Superior Court as early as Monday or tuesday.

Federal investigators are conducting a parallel investigation to determine if he will also face federal charges.

Officials said they are still working to determine a motive.

Andrew Blankstein contributed.


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