House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband was attacked, and the San Francisco district attorney is dispelling conspiratorial beliefs about it by stating that the attacker knew he was going after the Democratic leader when he broke into the couple’s San Francisco home and confronted Paul Pelosi.
David DePape, 42, who yelled, “Where is Nancy?” is anticipated to face charges, according to district attorney Brooke Jenkins, who is expected to do so on Monday.
The district attorney’s comments came as the horrifying assault on the House speaker’s husband is made fun of and rejected on far-right, conservative social media, including by some Republican officials and people of the highest social standing.
The attack was targeted, according to San Francisco’s police chief.
Elon Musk, over the weekend, posted, then removed, far-fetched conspiracy theories from a fringe website to his millions of followers because his purchase of Twitter has sparked worries that the social media company won’t continue to try to police hate speech and misleading information.
A week before the midterm elections, tensions are high due to the toxic political climate, and there have been unprecedented security threats against politicians and other authorities.
Paul Pelosi underwent surgery for a fractured skull and various injuries and is still in the hospital in San Francisco.
Speaker Pelosi quickly made her way back to California from Washington, D.C., where she was at the time.
Unlike presidents, members of Congress have personal security protection but not for their families.