Storyline: According to law enforcement sources, David DePape, the 42-year-old suspect who allegedly attacked Paul Pelosi, had a list of other potential targets. Police discovered the list but stopped short of calling it a “hit list,” according to CBS News.
Scene: DePape allegedly used a hammer to break a back window at Pelosi’s San Francisco home around 2:30 a.m. on Friday finding Paul Pelosi upstairs. He brought a bag containing ties and duct tape. Some reports added that DePape attempted to tie Paul Pelosi up with the ties and duct tape while waiting for the speaker to come home.
Background: The man accused of breaking into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home and attacking her 82-year-old husband with a hammer had a history of posting conspiracy theories on social media and was described by friends and family members as mentally disturbed.
DePape allegedly came to Pelosi’s’ home in search of the speaker, shouting “Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy?”
Paul Pelosi was able to call 911. When police arrived, Paul Pelosi and DePape were struggling over a hammer before DePape ripped the weapon from Paul Pelosi’s grip and attacked him with it.
DePape was arrested, and Pelosi was taken to a nearby hospital, where he underwent surgery to repair a skull fracture, along with “serious injuries” to his right arm and hands.
Social Media: DePape’s Facebook account and blogs under his name were filled with conspiracies about the 2020 election being stolen from former President Donald Trump, along with white supremacist ideology promoted by QAnon.
What This Means: TAL Global is non-political. But this attack suggests that our political discourse is now reaching new lows. Fringe figures soon applauded the attack, with false conspiracy theories quick to follow. Where the bottom is, we don’t know.
What we do know is that we must all place much greater emphasis on security. Protecting ourselves, our families, our homes, and where we work has never been more paramount.
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