What to Know About Alleged Pelosi Raider David DePape

David DePape is accused of beating Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with a hammer Friday morning at Pelosi’s San Francisco home , is still little known.

Law enforcement officials said an investigation into DePape’s motives was ongoing. Some of his alleged internet history appears to suggest a man indulging in conspiracy theories and extremist views that appear to be related to his YouTube viewing habits.

However, as the media scrambled to reveal more about the 42-year-old, some attention was focused on Gypsy Taub — the naked activist he once lived with in Berkeley.

California Sen. Scott Wiener, who represents San Francisco, said he saw Taub during a controversial debate on public nudity in 2012, when officials were considering banning the practice in San Francisco.

That year, city lawmakers narrowly passed a ban, 6-5, despite protests. While Wiener witnessed the demonstrations and said he supports people expressing their opinions, even though he introduced the legislation, he said Taub — a vocal activist at the time — immediately made him uncomfortable.

“There was something about her that terrified me, and I really wanted to say I didn’t want to be near her,” he told SFGATE.

Taub went naked on public television to support the 9/11 conspiracy theory, the Sacramento Bee reported in 2012.

While Wiener could not confirm whether DePape was with her at the time of the protest, Wiener said DePaup looked familiar. If DePape is related to Taub, he said, DePape is also someone he wants to “avoid”.

“so [DePape] It’s really, really creepy to be part of that crew,” Wiener said. “And you want to avoid them. “

According to a 2013 report in the San Francisco Chronicle, the exact relationship between Taub and DePap is unclear, but he and Taub have been living in Berkeley Victorian times. (SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently of each other.)

SFGATE’s attempts to contact DePape’s other relatives and colleagues were unsuccessful. Messages to Taub via email and phone went unanswered.

Several media outlets, including CNN, reported that DePape made conspiracy posts on his Facebook page related to topics such as the COVID-19 vaccine and the 2020 presidential election results. Media reports said DePape’s Facebook account was suspended by the company on Friday. A representative for Facebook did not immediately respond to SFGATE’s request for comment.

Posts on two separate blogs — one hosted on WordPress.com and the other on subscriber-only hosting service Wix — were attributed to user “daviddepape”, but SFGATE was unable to confirm whether one was DePape-related link.

On both sites, the poster shares parodies of Disney movies, AI art, and admits he’s “involved in it all” because of Gamergate, a campaign targeting “social justice” and women in video games harassment campaigns; homophobic, transphobic, anti-Black, anti-Muslim, and anti-Semitic sentiments that often accompany YouTube clips; and an obsession with Canadian expert Jordan Peterson and “anti-awakening” mathematician James Lindsay. The latest post on Wix’s website, published a day before the attack, was titled “Why colleges are becoming a cult”.

A WordPress spokesperson confirmed to SFGATE that the WordPress blog was removed on Friday for violating the hosting terms of service. They declined to comment on “individual site specifics” and didn’t respond when asked how the blog specifically violated WordPress policies. The Wix website remains active; a representative for Tel Aviv-based Wix did not respond to SFGATE’s request for comment.

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said at a news conference Friday that DePape was booked in the San Francisco County Jail and could face a slew of charges, including attempted murder, elder abuse, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon.

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