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Elon Musk shares sinister conspiracy theory about attacking Paul Pelosi in response to Hillary Clinton

Elon Musk has shared a sinister and baseless conspiracy theory on Twitter about what happened the night of the brutal hammer attack on Paul Pelosi – just days after he took over the social media platform on a promise to Remove content moderation.

On Saturday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hit out at GOP members for spreading ‘deranged hate and conspiracy theories’ after it emerged Mr Pelosi’s alleged attacker had spewed conspiracies far-right activists in line ahead of Friday’s assault.

“The Republican Party and its spokespersons now routinely spread hateful and deranged conspiracy theories. It is shocking, but not surprising, that violence is the result,” she tweeted.

“As citizens, we must hold them accountable for their words and the actions that follow.”

Mr Musk, who completed his takeover of the social media platform on Thursday, responded to Mrs Clinton on Sunday by pushing a conspiracy theory to his 112 million followers that the attack that left the 82-year-old man hospitalized with serious injuries was not what it seemed. .

“There is a small possibility that there is more to this story than meets the eye,” he wrote.

The Twitter and Tesla boss offered no explanation for his comments, simply sharing a link to an article which claimed – without any evidence – that Mr Pelosi was drunk and met his alleged attacker at a gay bar.

It’s one of many far-right plots that began circulating online almost immediately after the attack on the House Speaker’s husband – all the while the 82-year-old was hospitalized suffering surgery for a skull fracture.

Just after 2 a.m. local time on Friday morning, officers were called to the Pelosi home in San Francisco after a man broke in looking for the Democratic lawmaker.

David DePape, a 42-year-old hemp jeweler, reportedly shouted, “Where’s Nancy? Where is Nancy? looking for the Speaker of the House.

Ms Pelosi’s husband was home alone, with his wife in Washington DC at the time.

Finding the Speaker of the House missing, Mr DePape allegedly tried to tie Mr Pelosi in a bid to wait for her to return home. The alarm was triggered when Mr Pelosi managed to secretly dial 911 from his mobile phone and spoke in “code” to a dispatcher.

The 82-year-old left the line open as he spoke to Mr DePape, allowing the dispatcher to hear what was happening and dispatch officers to the house.

When officers arrived at the scene, police said they saw Mr. Pelosi and Mr. DePape with their hands on a hammer. At that point, Mr. DePape allegedly pulled the gavel away from Mr. Pelosi and “violently assaulted” him with it, hitting him at least once.

Mr Pelosi was taken to hospital where he underwent surgery for a fractured skull on Friday. He also suffered “serious injuries” to his right arm and hands, but is expected to make a full recovery.

San Francisco Police Chief William Scott told a news conference the attack was “intentional” and “not a random act”.

While he paused before detailing a motive, he touched on Ms Pelosi’s role as an elected official.

“This is wrong. Our elected officials are here to mind the business of their cities, their counties, their states and this nation. Their families are not signing up for this to be hurt and that is wrong,” a he declared.

Police sources said KTVU that the attacker had a blacklist of other lawmakers he also planned to target.

A search of Mr DePape’s online history revealed a deep-rooted obsession with far-right conspiracy theories, including debunked claims about the Covid-19 vaccine and QAnon.

On a subscription blog, reviewed by The Independenthe expressed a range of transphobic, anti-Semitic and racist views.

In the weeks leading up to the violent assault on Mr. Pelosi, the pace of posting accelerated, with Mr. DePape posting multiple times a day. Topics include Holocaust denial, false claims that Covid-19 vaccines are deadly, reverence for alt-right figure Jordan Peterson and his support for Donald Trump to run in 2024 with Tulsi Gabbard as running mate.

An August 23 post on his purported blog suggests he was radicalized by GamerGate, a misogynistic campaign against feminism within the video game industry that has spawned reactionary far-right movements among young men. , alongside the rise of QAnon and the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump. .

A separate blog hosted by WordPress hosted similar content, including an article titled “pedophile normalization”.

Mr. DePape was arrested at the scene for attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary and other crimes.

As the attack on Mr. Pelosi comes amid an increase in reported threats against members of Congress and at a time when Mr. Trump and his supporters continue to make false allegations of 2020 voter fraud, commentators from right – including members of the right-wing media – refused to believe he was assaulted by a man targeting the Speaker of the House.

Instead, they have been peddling groundless conspiracies at their base ever since.

Newsmax host Greg Kelly has come under fire for suggesting Speaker Pelosi even ‘organised’ the attack which left her 82-year-old husband hospitalized with serious injuries.

Law enforcement at the scene of the Pelosi home on Friday after the attack

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“Just wondering if Nancy Pelosi tried to stage her own mini on Jan 6. Complete by leaving doors and windows OPEN for ‘insurgents’ and that Depepe guy,” he tweeted on Friday.

“THIS or she can’t secure her home or her office!”

Mr Kelly appeared to have second thoughts about his comments, later deleting the post.

But the tweet has already been captured by several social media users who condemned his remarks.

Mr Musk’s decision to also peddle a conspiracy theory about an attack on a family member of an elected official comes as questions mount over how content will be regulated on Twitter with the businessman billionaire at the helm.

Before the takeover was completed on Thursday, Mr. Musk had pledged to reduce content moderation in what he describes as a move to promote free speech.

David DePape allegedly attacked Mr. Pelosi with a hammer

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This has raised speculation that users who have been banned for posting offensive or false posts may soon be welcomed back to the platform.

Hours after the takeover, right-wing commentators began flooding the platform with debunked conspiracy theories with phrases such as “Trump won” on the site, the site reported. Fortune.

The attack on Mr Pelosi came the same day the US intelligence community issued a stark warning to law enforcement partners that there could be a resurgence of domestic violence extremism (DVE ) — especially toward lawmakers — around the November midterms.

US Capitol Police data reveals that reports of “worrying statements and threats” against members of Congress have nearly tripled in the past four years, from 3,939 in 2017 to 9,625 in 2021.

These threats came to a head on January 6, 2021 when a crowd of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol – fueled by his lies that the presidential election had been “stolen” from him – in an attempt to overturn the victory. by Joe Biden.

Chilling footage from that day reveals how some of the rioters chased Ms Pelosi away chanting ‘Where’s Nancy?’ as they ransacked his office.

Others were seen chanting “Hang Mike Pence” after the vice president refused to try to overturn the election in favor of Mr Trump.


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