Apparently, David DePape, 42, was a leftist, homeless drug addict. That’s what people who actually knew Paul Pelosi’s attacker said about him.
The folks at NYP did some deep diving into DePape’s life after learning that he lived with a notorious local nudist in a Berkeley home. Interestingly enough, none of the news media outlets are talking about this:
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.
“What I know about the family is that they’re very radical activists,” said one of DePape’s neighbors, a woman who only gave her first name, Trish. “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.”
Not all of the news media missed DePape’s history of drug use, psychosis, and homelessness. CNN reported that a woman named Laura Hayes, who said she worked with DePape 10 years ago making hemp bracelets, said he had been living in a storage shed. “He talks to angels,” she said, and told her that “there will be a hard time coming.”
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.”
Biden certainly didn’t waste a moment trying the alleged attacker to the right. “That the same chant was used by this guy that they have in custody that was used on January 6, the attack on the U.S. Capitol,” Responding to reports that said the attacker yelled, “where’s Nancy?”
Nancy Pelosi wrote a Dear Colleague letter to update members of the House on the brutal attack her husband suffered in their home in San Francisco. She says he is “making progress with his recovery”:
“Yesterday morning, a violent man broke into our family home, demanded to confront me and brutally attacked my husband Paul. Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the life-threatening attack on our Pop. We are grateful for the quick response of law enforcement and emergency services, and for the life-saving medical care he is receiving.
Please know that the outpouring of prayers and warm wishes from so many in the Congress is a comfort to our family and is helping Paul make progress with his recovery. His condition continues to improve.
We are also comforted by the words of the Book of Isaiah: “Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
We thank you and pray for the continued safety and well-being of your family.”
Reports have stated that Mr. Pelosi underwent surgery to repair a skull fracture that he received during the attack. Law enforcement stated that the reason for the attack is still under investigation.
Erica Carlin is an independent journalist, opinion writer and contributor to several news and opinion sources. She is based in Georgia.