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The Pelosi striker was immersed in the 2020 election plots

“This attack is terrifying and a direct result of toxic right-wing rhetoric and incitement against Speaker Pelosi and so many other progressive leaders,” said State Senator Scott Wiener, a Democrat from San Francisco who had met DePape before the attack. “Words have consequences, and without a doubt, GOP hatred and extremism have spawned political violence.”

Police say DePape wrestled a hammer from Pelosi inside their home in the Pacific Heights neighborhood and repeatedly punched him. The speaker’s 82-year-old husband was hospitalized but is expected to recover.

Until now, the suspect was known to be part of a group of pro-nudist activists based across the bay in Berkeley.

A photo published by the San Francisco Chronicle, and published after his arrest, shows DePape presiding, fully dressed, at the wedding of otherwise naked activists outside City Hall in 2013.

The newspaper said he was known as a “father figure” at a Berkeley group home that included a well-known nudist activist known as Gypsy Taub. At the time of marriage, he was identified as a hemp jewelry maker. Wiener told the Chronicle that DePape was among a number of nude activists who demonstrated around San Francisco in 2011 and 2012.

In recent years, DePape has embraced the false claims that the November 2020 election was stolen, reposting on Facebook — in an account since deleted from the platform — false claims by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, and other people associated with the campaign.

He reposted a video on YouTube slamming the investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol as a “farce,” according to CNN.

A blog featuring content written by DePape features a patchwork of bigoted and fringe topics, including posts containing anti-Semitic language, alleging the existence of a “communist” curriculum in schools, and repeating numerous fever dream tropes online known as QAnon, which alleges without evidence that personalities engage in pedophilia.

An archived page from another now-defunct website, also attributed to DePape, suggests fury at government, mainstream media and corporate powers, decrying “the elites/ruling class” and “people who govern you” while warning “tech giants and private companies”. industry” have become “so powerful that they alone could silence the people”.

It was enough for many leading Democrats to conclude that toxic political rhetoric was behind the attack, even without authorities disclosing a motive. “While the motive is still unknown, we know where this type of violence is sanctioned and modeled,” the rep said. Jackie Speier tweeted.


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