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Police: Pelosi attack suspect wanted to break speaker's knees

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DePape told police of his plans to hold Speaker Pelosi hostage to “talk to her” and viewed her “as the “leader of the pack of lies told by the Democratic Party,” the eight-page complaint says.

“If she were to tell DePape the ‘truth,’ he would let her go and if she ’lied,' he was going to break “her kneecaps,” the complaint alleges.

And there we go....the far-right fairy tale that this MAGA-warrior was some "leftist hippie" just went up in flames...

This guy was as MAGA as they come - a far-right terrorist steeped in the MAGA cesspool of hate, anger, and outrage...

Some hero - he wants to tie up an 82 year old women and violently assault here by breaking her kneecaps...

How many other of these far-right nuts are out there ready to do even worse after they lose on Nov 8th?

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So much for the “gay lovers quarrel gone wrong” troupe that has been postulated by those on the right including some of our lot in an attempt to deflect the utterly obvious - this deluded man was all-in MAGA.

They also are desperate to deflect from the also utterly indefensible normalization of violence in the right’s political communications. It’s not free speech. It’s a call to violence in the attainment of political goals.

That’s not 1st Amendment. That’s not American. That’s not moral.

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“The federal filing stands in contrast to the mocking jokes and conspiracy theories about the Pelosi attack circulating by far-right figures”

Seen them here too unsurprisingly. Don’t forget this news story is supposed to be buried by the media in the next 24 hours apparently. It’s supposedly a hot potato for the Democrats because DePape was a Canadian nudist and real Americans are more worried about gas prices /s

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this deluded man was all-in MAGA.

He was also in the country illegally, now whose fault was that?

Where did he get the hammer?

Drug addicted? Some of the timeline is a bit hazy, but whatever…

DePape was a Canadian nudist and real Americans are more worried about gas prices /s

They do.

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“Where did he get the hammer?”

The pressing issues.

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Trump understands that something like the brutal attack on Paul Pelosi in his home is unacceptable and shouldn't happen in a civil, law and order society.

So why is he still silent about it?

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He has to say something?

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bass4funkToday  07:32 am JST

this deluded man was all-in MAGA.

He was also in the country illegally, now whose fault was that?

A Canadian bigot pretending to be American.

Hmmm that seems pretty similar to you know who!!!

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He has to say something?

He doesn't have to, but you'd think that an ex-president with a lot of strong opinions and a lot of sway over his loyal base would have something to say about a high-profile act of political violence.

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Police were dispatched to the home in the upscale Pacific Heights neighborhood around 2:20 a.m.

Not far from streets filled with homeless people, used syringes, and sidewalks covered with litter.

Bob FosseToday  07:44 am JST

“Where did he get the hammer?”

The pressing issues.

For non-Americans, it might be interesting to know that in California (the state in which this incident occurred), Proposition 47, shoplifting offenses that involve property valued at less than $950 are prosecuted as misdemeanors, not felonies, so it might not be a surprise that the perpetrator walked out of a local store carrying the hammer, and was never arrested or prosecuted for the offense.

Assuming the hammer was valued at less than $950.

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He was also in the country illegally, now whose fault was that?

Do we need a wall along the northern border too?

Anyway, his immigration status is irrelevant. He is a MAGA believer, and the faith transcends borders.

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A Canadian bigot pretending to be American.

Hmmm that seems pretty similar to you know who!!!

A bit different from the usual liberal warped narrative.

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If there's any doubt remaining about the kinship between Paul Pelosi's attacker and MAGA World, just check out what Don Jr.'s gleeful reaction to the attack was:

The meme Trump Jr. posted on Sunday night featured a pair of Hanes underwear and a hammer alongside the caption: “Got my Paul Pelosi Halloween costume ready.” Trump Jr. further commented: “If you switch out the hammer for a red feather boa, you can instantly transform yourself into a Hunter Biden.” 

https://www.thedailybeast.com/donald-trump-jr-mocks-nancy-pelosis-husbands-hammer-attack-with-meme

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"Police: Pelosi attack suspect wanted to break speaker's knees"

This man had very specific goals and seems only to have attacked Pelosi AFTER the police had arrived during a 'struggle'. It would be interesting to know how the 'struggle' began given that Mr. DePape was not immediately aggressive toward Pelosi and allowed him to go to the bathroom and an opportunity to call 911 nor during how ever long the interval between the call and police actually arriving and entered the house.

Mr. DePape's stated goal was to either obtain 'honest' answers to questions he would pose, or receiving dishonest answers, incapacitate a politician's most important ability to obtain MONEY from deep pocketed individuals and Corporations.

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If your going to live in the USA have a gun and be ready to use it !

If I have to keep a gawddam gun by my bed I'm moving to another country ! I refuse to be held hostage to violence that way. Live by the gun, die by the gun. No thanks. Well adjusted adults do not live that way. That is for tribal societies and terrorists.

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For non-Americans, it might be interesting to know that in California (the state in which this incident occurred), Proposition 47, shoplifting offenses that involve property valued at less than $950 are prosecuted as misdemeanors, not felonies, 

You forgot to mention the part about the three Federal judges threatening to throw members of the State Legislature and even the Governor in jail fore contempt if the state didn't reduce its prison population per their order, or the two losses at the US Supreme Court when the state appealed the decisions of these judges.

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Desert TortoiseToday  08:37 am JST

You forgot to mention the part about the three Federal judges threatening to throw members of the State Legislature and even the Governor in jail fore contempt if the state didn't reduce its prison population per their order, 

Why mention that? It was in 2009, and the order was to come up with a prisoner reduction plan within two years, which would have been 2011.

12 years ago.

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The attack was an unsettling echo of the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol

No, actually it wasn’t.

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If I have to keep a gawddam gun by my bed I'm moving to another country ! I refuse to be held hostage to violence that way. Live by the gun, die by the gun. No thanks. Well adjusted adults do not live that way. That is for tribal societies and terrorists.

from my background, growing up, and having traveled extensively, I just don’t put anything past anyone, so whether if it’s a gun, a knife, a baseball bat, pepper spray, I always have some thing or weapon in my room and right at the front door, why? because you never now, I’m just a safe guy, regardless of where I live, but that’s me.

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Why mention that? It was in 2009, and the order was to come up with a prisoner reduction plan within two years, which would have been 2011.

12 years ago.

The limits on prison population still apply.

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from my background, growing up, and having traveled extensively, I just don’t put anything past anyone, so whether if it’s a gun, a knife, a baseball bat, pepper spray, I always have some thing or weapon in my room and right at the front door, why? because you never now, I’m just a safe guy, regardless of where I live, but that’s me.

I stand by my critique. Well adjusted adults do not live that way.

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told police he had never seen DePape before

Yet when he called 911 he mentioned his name is David and he is “a friend”.

DePape told police it was difficult to break through the glass door with his hammer

I will wait for the surveillance videos to be released before I buy that story.

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I stand by my critique. Well adjusted adults do not live that way.

I disagree.

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A bit different from the usual liberal warped narrative.

Canadian bigots pretending to be American are far from liberal, they are just petty liars , pretending and failing miserably, to be someone else. And they throw a fit when caught.

Like this idiot who attacked Pelosi’s husband , clueless like all bigots!

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So why is he still silent about it?

He’s not. He said it’s a “terrible thing” what happened.

then it’s time to pivot to crime, illegal immigration, sanctuary cities and mental health issues. which are all Democrat failures and the root causes of what happened.

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Born in Canada, residing in Berkeley---as far left a liberal as can be made.

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Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., was among those making light of the attack on Paul Pelosi, tweeting out crude jokes about it.

Apparently de Pepe was a close friend of don jr and guilfoyle!!!

No doubt the idiot was desperately trying to deflect attention from the fact!

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How many other of these far-right nuts are out there ready to do even worse after they lose on Nov 8th?

As an American with family and friends still living there, I worry for their safety, especially knowing that dozens of millions voted for Trump and remain loyal Trump cult members, many of whom are heavily armed and have threatened a civil war if they cannot have their candidates elected, even though they got fewer votes, but they're anti-democracy, after all.

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These are the former presidents sons fomenting/celebrating political violence. 

So what was that pelosi’s own daughter said when Rand Paul was the victim of political violence?

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his deluded man was all-in MAGA.

He was....

Well, there's one admission that their previous posts claiming this MAGA-warrior was a "Berkeley hippie" was flat our fantasy.... I wonder when we'll get our apology and mea-culpa?

Where did he get the hammer?

Gee, I don't know, think they have a Home Depot or Lowes in San Francisco?

Drug addicted? Some of the timeline is a bit hazy, but whatever…

Drug-addicted to the hate spewing far-right media grift machine...like all the other members of MAGA-world...

There is no doubt more sick violence like this is forthcoming...admitting your loss like an adult is no longer a thing in the far-right Repub party....now you whine and rant about fake fraud and incite your flock to pick up their weapons and "fight like hell"....

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Born in Canada, residing in Berkeley---as far left a liberal as can be made.

You do not know California. The far right is a minority in the state but they exist in every community.

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Canadian bigots pretending to be American are far from liberal, they are just petty liars , pretending and failing miserably, to be someone else. And they throw a fit when caught.

Yes, SF is just an enclave of sequestered Republicans

Like this idiot who attacked Pelosi’s husband , clueless like all bigots!

Hmmm, the “bigot” diatribe is just not resonating anymore, if the left wants to use the word bigot, they should look at their very own policies which were bigoted and oppressed people of color for over 70 years.

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Rand got his tail whooped in a plain old fist fight with a neighbor he pissed off

no he is a US Senator, so that is political violence by default.

"Rene Boucher, 58, was charged on Friday with assaulting a member of Congress, a felony, months after his sneak attack on Sen. Rand Paul in November, according to officials."

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As an American with family and friends still living there, I worry for their safety, especially knowing that dozens of millions voted for Trump and remain loyal Trump cult members,

I feel the same about many of my friends, luckily quite a few left these more radical blue states that oppose the 1st amendment.

many of whom are heavily armed and have threatened a civil war if they cannot have their candidates elected, even though they got fewer votes, but they're anti-democracy, after all..

Democrats? The way they’re twisting this story and the way it is changing smells of desperation. Using an awful attack for spiking political points is just ridiculous.

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I always have some thing or weapon in my room and right at the front door,

Cave man reasoning, so typical of MAGAs and others that want a 'strongman' to tell them what to do, and that encourages them to attack their enemies, telling them he'll march with them, but instead runs off to watch TV.

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so team Democrat will have their chance to do "adulting" next Tuesday. lets see how they react to their own losses and then judge that.

More deflection. The Democrats likely losing the House has nothing to do with the issue at hand: MAGA vitriol and violence. That people are actually reveling in Pelosi getting beaten by a hammer shows just how infected America has become by the poison of Trumpism. It's all about grievance and cruelty.

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no he is a US Senator, so that is political violence by default.

lol No it isn't.

*Political violence** is violence which is perpetrated in order to achieve political goals*

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_violence#cite_note-Political_Stud.-2

Beating up your neighbor because he's a jerk isn't political violence, because they happen to be a politician. That isn't how that works.

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he is a US Senator, so that is political violence by default.

Attacking a US Senator is a crime, but it's not necessarily political violence. Rand Paul was attacked by his neighbor over a yard dispute. That's not political.

cause that was crime, which Democrats dont care about. Now this, they care because they think they can get some political gain out of it.

Echoing Don Jr. there, I see.

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the main issues next week are still inflation, gas and consumer prices, a referendum on Biden's ability to actually be president and the border

And the main story here is still the political attack on Paul Pelosi by a MAGA weirdo.

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Interesting that "MAGA" is not mentioned in the article whatsoever. Yet so many people here feel the kneejerk need to vent their fears by trying to tie this mentally deficient drug abuser to the Bad Orange Man. DePape "embraced a variety of conspiracy theories" is a polite way of saying that he was nuts.

MAGA people don't live in Berkeley, hang around in houses with BLM flags, etc. Sorry that you have to do such gymnastics to fit the facts to your pre-determined narrative.

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More deflection.

Democrats?

The Democrats likely losing the House has nothing to do with the issue at hand:

Yes, it actually does.

MAGA vitriol and violence.

Dems can’t talk about violence on the right. Yeah, don’t go there…

That people are actually reveling in Pelosi getting beaten by a hammer shows just how infected America has become by the poison of Trumpism. It's all about grievance and cruelty

No one is gloating, it was a very horrible thing, but try and focus, the left are about the lose big and now they’re trying to throw the racist, violence card out, really?

https://nypost.com/2022/10/29/pelosi-attacker-david-depape-was-psychotic-addict-estranged-from-pedophile-lover-kids/

And, as I soon discovered, DePape lived with a notorious local nudist in a Berkeley home, complete with a Black Lives Matter sign in the window and an LGBT rainbow flag, emblazoned with a marijuana symbol, hanging from a tree. A closer look reveals the characteristics of a homeless encampment, or what Europeans call “an open drug scene.” In the driveway, there is a broken-down camper van. On the street is a yellow school bus, which neighbors said DePape occasionally stayed in. Both are filled with garbage typical of such structures in homeless encampments. People come and go from the house and the vehicles, neighbors say, in part to partake in the use of a potent psychedelic drug, ibogaine.

Conservative traits, nice try….

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Readers, once again we ask you to please not become obsessed on these U.S. political stories. Take a break or please just post one or two comments and move on to other stories.

MAGA people don't live in Berkeley

Some do.

 DePape "embraced a variety of conspiracy theories" is a polite way of saying that he was nuts.

Crazy people are attracted by crazy conspiracy theories, such as that the 2020 election was rigged, that Ray Epps was behind the attack on the capitol, and that Nancy Pelosi is part of a satanic pedophile cabal.

DePape is one of millions of Americans who believe such foolishness.

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Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., was among those making light of the attack on Paul Pelosi, tweeting out crude jokes about it.

Not surprising at all for him, since he has already made evident the kind of person he is, but it speaks a lot about the current political situation in the US, openly making fun of a violent attack meas he is not afraid of his action being seen as negative for himself nor Trump by the people that would vote for him.

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Breaking kneecaps is not attempted murder.

and the rumors of a sexual affair just prove how crazy mass media is.

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Breaking kneecaps is not attempted murder.

But beating someone over the head certainly is.

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“ DePape told police of his plans to hold Speaker Pelosi hostage to “talk to her” and viewed her “as the “leader of the pack of lies told by the Democratic Party,” the eight-page complaint says.

“If she were to tell DePape the ‘truth,’ he would let her go and if she ’lied,' he was going to break “her kneecaps,” the complaint alleges. “

..

Too many movies… what a j-ck-ss (!)

smh

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And Republican congressmen, governors and candidates are cracking jokes about this.

Who are the people who vote Republican?????

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First of all, people making fun of the assault on Mr. Pelosi are idiots. Full stop.

Second, again the repeated "MAGA" mantra is not true, doesn't matter how often it gets retold. The police have yet to uncover a coherent motive for Depape's attack. Given his history, he probably doesn't remember it himself.

It would be lovely if we could dig up DePape's voting record and see who he supported, that may give a clue, or if he is registered to either political party, or if he attended any political events. But at the moment all we have is a drug addicted loser who attached himself to the Berkely community of fellow losers and activists, and has been part of their community for 20 years.

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The police have yet to uncover a coherent motive for Depape's attack. Given his history, he probably doesn't remember it himself.

Paragraph 6

“ told police of his plans to hold Speaker Pelosi hostage to “talk to her” and viewed her “as the “leader of the pack of lies told by the Democratic Party,” the eight-page complaint says.”

Paragraph 7

“If she were to tell DePape the ‘truth,’ he would let her go and if she ’lied,' he was going to break “her kneecaps,” the complaint alleges.

What do you think the motive was?

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Still way too many questions than answers here. It may be true that the attacker was a GOP underwear assassin with MAGA murder on his mind. Or that he was just one of many thousands of cranks and useless drifters that infest San Francisco. Time will tell.

So will any security footage from Casa Pelosi- surely they have cameras. Or the police body cameras. Until then, speculation is all that will come. Given the timing (one week from mid term elections), it is no surprise that Democrats are using the attack to try and make political hay. Especially since they are staring a Red Tsunami in the face.

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It is impossible to know what to say to a man who comes to your house with a hammer just to confirm his 'truth' that you are a baby-eating paedophile.

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I'm surprised this Castro nudist protestor didn't yell "This is MAGA country!"

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