Elon Musk Tweets Conspiracy Theory About Paul Pelosi Attack, Then Deletes Post

by | Oct 30, 2022 | Politics

Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, pushed a false conspiracy theory on Sunday about the life-threatening assault of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband days earlier, further amplifying the type of disinformation that can lead to political violence. Musk soon deleted his tweet without explanation or apology.On Friday, a man broke into the Pelosis’ San Francisco home and beat 82-year-old Paul Pelosi with a hammer, resulting in a skull fracture and other severe injuries that required surgery. The attacker reportedly confronted Paul Pelosi asking, “Where is Nancy, where is Nancy?” before assaulting the politician’s husband.Advertisement San Francisco police, who arrived on the scene during the encounter, identified the suspect as 42-year-old David DePape. He was arrested on charges of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse and burglary. Police told NBC News that Paul Pelosi and DePape were the only people in the home, clarifying earlier statements authorities made on Friday that indicated there was a third person in the home who opened the door. Online posts that appear to be from DePape show evidence of right-wing radicalization, sharing conspiracy theories related to voter fraud and QAnon, as well as content about pedophilia, Jews, Black people, transgender people and Democrats.The attack on Paul Pelosi resulted in an outcry from mostly Democratic officials, including President Joe Biden, about the normalization of dangerous, threatening rhetoric among the right that is more frequently evolving into political violence.“The Republican Party and its mouthpieces now regularly spread hate and deranged conspiracy theories. It is shocking, but not surprising, that violence is the result,” former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted on Saturday, linking to a Los Angeles Times article about DePape’s apparent far-right associations. “As citizens, we must hold them accountable for their words and the actions that follow.”AdvertisementMusk initially responded to Clinton’s tweet: “There is a tiny possibility there might be more to this story than meets the eye,” attaching a link to an article falsely claiming that Paul Pelosi’s attacker was a lover he met at a bar in the middle of the night. The claim is not credible by any means and further threatens the safety of not only Pelosi and her family but also those in the LGBTQ community. Police confirmed to NBC News that Paul Pelosi and the suspected attacker did not know each other prior to the attack, debunking the conspiracy elevated by Musk.Musk’s tweet was deleted hours later.Here’s the gist of this conspiracy theory. Don’t give the actual link clicks. It took Elon two days after taking over to post an anti-LGBTQ conspiracy theory at Hillary Clinton about Nancy Pelosi’s attacked husband.I hope everybody understands what’s going on. https://t.co/v6pMH0DK1k— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) October 30, 2022

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