Alleged Paul Pelosi Attacker Says He Was on ‘Suicide Mission,’ Planned To Target Other Politicians

David DePape in Berkeley, Calif., in 2013.(Michael Short/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

(National Review) The suspect in the attempted kidnapping of House speaker Nancy Pelosi and the violent attack on her husband revealed to police that he was on a “suicide mission” to target other elected officials.

David DePape, a conspiracy-theorist described by his former girlfriend as a mentally ill drug addict, broke into Nancy and Paul Pelosi’s San Francisco residence last Friday and screamed “Where’s Nancy?” before he began beating Paul Pelosi with a hammer. Pelosi was left unconscious from trauma to the head and woke up in a pool of his own blood, a Tuesday court filing stated.


According to a sworn court affidavit, prosecutors portrayed DePape as a menace on a potentially “politically motivated” mission to capture the speaker and interrogate her about grievances he had with her leadership. He intended to physically harm her if she did not cooperate, San Francisco district attorney Brooke Jenkins affirmed in the Tuesday filing. If she refused to tell him the “truth,” he said he would break her kneecaps, according to the affidavit. The document detailed that DePape told police he viewed Pelosi as the “‘leader of the pack’ of lies told by the Democratic Party.”

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