The Paul Pelosi Story Makes No Sense, and the Public Needs Answers

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I’ve stayed away from the story of Paul Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi’s husband, being attacked by a hammer in his San Francisco home to this point because of how confusing the fact pattern is. After all, it’s always best to not get out over one’s skis, a rule I’ve not always followed in the past, not so much on RedState, but in the lightening fast environment of social media.


But here I sit on a Saturday morning, reading all the details that have come out over the last day, and I can’t help but come to one conclusion: This story makes no sense.

I don’t mean that as a way to suggest some grand conspiracy. I mean that much more as an idle observation. What has come out about the attacker and how the attack unfolded simply doesn’t add up. Now, that could be because we just lack some additional facts that confirm the predominant narrative, but until those facts arrive, no one can be blamed for looking at the situation with some heavy side-eye.

What we do know is that Paul Pelosi was attacked with a hammer. He suffered some kind of injury that required a trip to the hospital and an operating table. We know that the police showed up prior to the attack commencing and that Paul Pelosi was attacked in their presence. We know the assailant was arrested in his underwear. We also know that a glass door was shattered.

It’s the assailant himself that is such an enigma, though. Shortly after his arrest was announced, the authorities claimed that he was a right-wing conspiracy theorist with ties to January 6th rhetoric. That led to the usual gnashing of teeth, accusing Republicans of somehow being responsible for the attack despite that rule never applying to Democrats when leftwing attackers target conservatives.

Regardless, the problem is that fact patterns about the assailant appear to be clashing. For example, aside from supposedly being a January 6th nutter, we know that David DePape is a hemp jewelry-making nudist protester. Here’s what his house looks like.


Additional pictures show signs supporting Bernie Sanders and Chesa Boudin, both far-left figures. The flag out front is a gay pride/marijuana flag (what will they come up with next?). Further, DePape is apparently a “father figure” to the children of a woman in a commune who is married to another man. That woman is known for her public proclamation of 9/11 conspiracy theories, which are typically a left-wing pursuit.

How does someone with that profile end up a Trump-loving, January 6th supporter as the authorities claim? I honestly don’t have an answer to that, and that’s the problem. The public needs more information, and this event can’t be allowed to be swept under the rug in the way Paul Pelosi’s DUI arrest was.

We need to actually see DePape’s “right-wing” social media posts that were allegedly deleted before the incident was even announced. Because right now, we have what we can actually see telling one story and what the authorities claim but won’t show us telling another story. Perhaps it all connects perfectly (or he’s just a clinically insane person), but the burden of proof is not on the public. It’s on the Capitol Police and the FBI to give us all the facts so that the assailant and the situation begin to make some semblance of sense. Until that happens, suspicions are going to continue.


And let me be clear, none of this would matter if the press and Democrats weren’t jumping to the conclusion that this attack is somehow the fault of all Republicans. Those kinds of accusations are leading to people being suspicious of DePape’s background. If everyone had just come together and accepted that a crazy man did something crazy, it wouldn’t be an issue.



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