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David DePape, the Berkeley nudist and accused pedophile who reportedly attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer in his underwear in a bizarre incident last week, was almost instantly accused of being a ‘far right’ extremist and follower of the conspiracy group QAnon.
The American media rushed in unison to make the allegation based on DePape’s social media and blog posts before the latter were scrubbed from the Internet. But not before leaving a digital trail.
On Saturday, Hillary Clinton blamed Republicans for spreading “conspiracy theories” while referring to an LA Times report mainly based on two of DePape’s alleged blogs.
“The Republican Party and its mouthpieces now regularly spread hate and deranged conspiracy theories,” Clinton wrote on Twitter. “It is shocking, but not surprising, that violence is the result. As citizens, we must hold them accountable for their words and the actions that follow.”
The Republican Party and its mouthpieces now regularly spread hate and deranged conspiracy theories. It is shocking, but not surprising, that violence is the result. As citizens, we must hold them accountable for their words and the actions that follow.https://t.co/MQor4NDFeE
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 29, 2022
Clinton’s tweet linked to an LA Times article with the headline: “Accused Pelosi attacker David DePape spread QAnon, other far-right, bigoted conspiracies.”
“In a personal blog that DePape maintained, posts include such topics as ‘Manipulation of History,’ ‘Holohoax’ and ‘It’s OK to be white.’ He mentioned 4chan, a favorite message board of the far right. He posted videos about conspiracies involving COVID-19 vaccines and the war in Ukraine being a ploy for Jewish people to buy land,” the article read.
Elon Musk retorted to her in a now-deleted tweet: “There is a tiny possibility there might be more to this story than meets the eye.”
There is. One of the websites purportedly belonging to DePape that the LA Times links to in its article, frenlyfrens.com, is no longer active after the Paul Pelosi attack.
But that’s not all.
Michael Shellenberger, in his blog (note: for paid subscribers), gives excellent context for the mainstream media’s rush to judgment on the Paul Pelosi story:
Journalists, en masse, agreed with their assessment. DePape “appears to have made racist and often rambling posts online,” noted AP, in a report this morning that encapsulated the media narrative, “including some that questioned the results of the 2020 election, defended former President Donald Trump and echoed QAnon conspiracy theories.”
But DePape’s politics have little rhyme or reason. In past years DePape shared a post about Stephen Colbert’s 2006 roast of President George W. Bush at the White House Correspondents dinner; linked to videos of Disney films altered to make it look like the characters were swearing; and claimed, “Jesus is the anti-Christ” — not exactly a litany of right-wing tropes.
A deeper dive into DePape’s background shows that he wasn’t a “far right” extremist, but a paranoiac sispected pedophiliac known until very recently for leftist views and lived in a Berkeley commune known for BLM & LGBTQ flags.
And, as I discovered yesterday, 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.
Neighbors described DePape as a homeless addict with a politics that was, until recently, left-wing, but of secondary importance to his psychotic and paranoid behavior.
Indeed, an ABC 7 reporter traveled to the Berkeley commune where David DePape, the suspected attacker of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul Pelosi, was reported to have recently lived and interviewed a neighbor.
“He is birds of a feather with — akin to them,” she said. “So they are just, you know, nudists, drug abusers and that’s who gravitates toward them.”
“I would imagine that they’re more left-leaning because of their support for the gay community. and for I’m sorry for other people, but it is now I’m not sure what way they lean because… they have the flag, the LGBT flag with the plot,” she added.
“You know, they are completely unhinged,” she continued. “So I wouldn’t, I wouldn’t be surprised at all… nothing that they believe in aligns with their actions. So they’ll say that they are, you know, pro-black lives and then they’ll call the police on black people. And so they don’t stand by their actions don’t stand by their words.”
“So some paranoid behavior it sounds like,” the reporter commented.
“Yeah, absolutely,” Trish replied.
“And some psychotic behavior too,” the reporter said.
“Yes,” she responded.
It also turns out that a former lover of DePape, Oxane ‘Gypsy’ Taub, was convicted in 2021 for child abuse.
As the Daily Mail noted, “Ryan La Coste, one of Taub and DePape’s neighbors, said he’s long complained about the family’s behavior and nudity while minors were around, noting that the family keeps several sex dolls, according to Michael Shellenberger’s Substack.”
“Before Gypsy got locked up, there were sex dolls drying on the back of their porch that I’m assuming she bought for her sons,” La Coste said. “They’re off the wall.”
“Following his attack on Pelosi, DePape has been accused by his daughter of sexually assaulting his three children when they were kids,” the report added.
There you have it. David DePape was a psychotic, paranoid, underwear-clad, hammer-wielding nudist with a history of sexual deviancy who had lived in a left-wing Berkeley commune adorned with BLM and LGBTQ flags.
Not exactly your typical Republican voter.