Trump joins conspiracists raising doubts about Pelosi’s attack
“It’s a lot of bad stuff and I’m not a fan of Nancy Pelosi, but what’s going on here is very sad,” Trump continued. “Everything is crazy, and if there is even a little truth to what is said. The window was broken and it was strange that the police had been there practically from the moment everything happened. Therefore, you will have to explain this to your audience, including me.”
Police reports of the incident showed several claims by conservatives surrounding the attack, including that suspect David DePape, 42, previously knew Paul Pelosi and that there was no break-in at the Pelosi home in St. Francisco.
The FBI, in charging documents, said officers at the scene “secured a roll of tape, a white rope, a second hammer, a pair of rubber and canvas gloves, and ties.” They also “observed a broken glass door to the back porch.” They said DePape told them he had broken into the house through the glass door with a hammer and surprised Pelosi’s husband. DePape said he intended to confront Speaker Pelosi and see her wheel in Congress with broken wheels, “which would show other members of Congress that there are consequences for actions.”
The speaker was not in his home at the time DePape entered.
Trump is not the only conservative who has sought to cast doubt on the idea that Speaker Pelosi was DePape’s target or to shed light on it. His son, Donald Trump Jr., posted a photo of a hammer and men’s underwear online. Dinesh D’Souza, the conservative provocateur and filmmaker of the widely discredited 2020 election documentary “2000 Mules,” repeatedly questioned the facts of the case on Twitter and said he believed, without evidence, that the suspect was a “sex partner”. or a male prostitute.” Billionaire Elon Musk also shared a tweet about the attack that has since been deleted saying that “there is a small possibility that there could be more to this story than meets the eye.” That tweet, from Twitter’s new owner, included a link to the Santa Monica Observer, known for publishing falsehoods, which claimed without evidence that DePape was a male prostitute.
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