Democrats and their allies in the activist media rushed to portray the shocking attack on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband in the couple’s San Francisco home as an act of political violence, a cynical effort to craft a narrative in the final days before the crucial midterm elections well before all of the facts were in.
With top Dems including President Joe Biden pinning the blame for the bizarre assault on Trump supporters, inconvenient details are emerging that portray the violent actions of the attacker, 42-year-old David DePape as a very troubled man whose political ideology doesn’t mesh with the media portrayal and an individual with serious psychological as well as sex and drug abuse problems.
Rather than the politically motivated act that the Democrats desperately need as a selling point to scare voters into preserving their one-party rule, DePape is really “a microcosm of the drug-induced psychosis gripping the West Coast” according to author Michael Shellenberger who did the work that biased, hyperpartisan establishment reporters haven’t by speaking with neighbors to get to the bottom of who Pelosi’s assailant really was and what may have driven him to violence.
People are rushing to describe the suspect in the Pelosi attack as politically motivated, but the evidence so far suggests that he suffered from serious mental illness and drug addiction and lacked any coherent political ideologyhttps://t.co/0tKZwACaBA
— Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) October 28, 2022
In an article published by the New York Post, Shellenberger blows holes in a narrative that is already beginning to crumble and may not have the impact that Democrats are hoping for, especially if serious questions begin to be asked about DePape’s relationship, if any, with the husband of the woman who is third in line of succession for the presidency.
“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,” he wrote, details that haven’t received the attention of other social media posts that fit the profile that the media has manufactured.
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. pic.twitter.com/qxNvgWXSaG
— Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) October 29, 2022
According to Shellenberger, “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.”
“Neighbors described DePape as a homeless addict with politics that was, until recently, left-wing, but of secondary importance to his psychotic and paranoid behavior,” he wrote.
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. pic.twitter.com/hmvYK8f1F6
— Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) October 29, 2022
“What I know about the family is that they’re very radical activists,” one neighbor said. “They seem very left. They are all about the Black Lives Matter movement. Gay pride. But they’re very detached from reality. They have called the cops on several of the neighbors, including us, claiming that we are plotting against them. It’s really weird to see that they are willing to be so aggressive toward somebody else who is also a lefty.”
Schellenberger notes, “Another woman, Linda Schneider, told CNN and Bay Area NBC TV affiliate, KRON4, that she got to know DePape around 2014 and that he was still homeless, living in a storage unit, and using hard drugs. ‘He [was] likely a mindless follower of something he saw on social media because I don’t think he had the courage to be part of any political or terrorist group,’ said Schneider. ‘His drug use began again and he went off his rocker.’”
“Wrapped up in their own obsession with Trump Republicans, most journalists have missed the real story. David DePape is not a microcosm of the political psychosis gripping America in general. Rather, he’s a microcosm of the drug-induced psychosis gripping the West Coast in particular,” wrote Shellenberger, whose recently published book San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities examines how policies by left-wing politicians like Nancy Pelosi have destroyed the city by the bay.
During an appearance on Fox News on Friday, the author said “We are in a psychiatric emergency in the United States as a whole, California is particularly hard hit.”
“People don’t realize it but 1 out of 4 residents of San Francisco say that they’ve either been assaulted or threatened with assault,” he said. “Half say they have been a victim of theft over the last 5 years so we are dealing with a psychiatric emergency, a drug addiction emergency, a huge crime problem…”
(Video: Fox News)
Among those pushing the narrative that DePape is a right-winger is twice-failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, seen by many as a malignant liar who continues to spew corrosive poison that has greatly contributed to today’s toxic political environment.
“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,” Clinton wrote on Twitter.
It’s obvious that Mrs. Clinton didn’t bother to read Shellenberger’s work in the New York Post or on Substack where he regularly reports.
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