Pelosi Hammer Attack Accused David DePape Tearfully Testifies About Bizarre Plot – News21USA

A man accused of attacking the former speaker of the House of Representatives with a hammer Nancy PelosiHer husband has tearfully testified how he hatched a bizarre plot to root out corruption in the United States after becoming engrossed in conspiracy theories.

David DePape, 43, pleaded not guilty to two charges, including attempted kidnapping of a federal official.

If convicted, he faces life in prison.

He told the court he used to hold left-wing political beliefs before reading a YouTube comment about Donald Trump.

Closing arguments in the trial are expected on Wednesday.

Testifying for more than an hour Tuesday, DePape said his political transformation began when he lived in a garage with no bathroom or shower, playing video games for hours at a time.

She said that while searching for information about video games she became interested in Gamergate, an anti-feminist campaign that targeted prominent women in gaming and became a huge online trend starting in 2014. She began listening to right-wing podcasters. and watch political videos on YouTube.

“I was prejudiced against Trump at the time,” DePape said, “but there’s some truth to it. So if there’s some truth to it that I don’t know, I want to know it.”

He said he formulated a “grand plan” that involved attracting “targets” to Pelosi’s house.

The names on his list included University of Michigan academic Gayle Rubin, California Governor Gavin Newsom, Tom Hanks, Congressman Adam Schiff, former Vice President Mike Pence, former Attorney General Bill Barr, Senator Bernie Sanders and liberal megadonor George Soros.

Ultimately, DePape said, he wanted to confront President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, and after getting his targets to admit corruption, he planned to ask the president to pardon everyone he considered “criminals.”

“It’s easier to give them a pardon so we can move forward as a country,” he said, crying on the stand.

DePape said he went to Pelosi’s home in the early hours of Oct. 28 last year hoping to talk to Pelosi about what he thought were false theories about Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

He said he planned to wear an inflatable unicorn costume and upload his interrogation to her online. He was arrested with zip ties and duct tape in his possession.

When asked why he hit Pelosi, he responded: “I reacted because my plan was basically ruined.”

“He was never my target and I’m sorry he was hurt,” she said.

Pelosi, 83, testified Monday about her alarm at waking up to find DePape “standing at the door.”

Pelosi spent six days in the hospital with a fractured skull and injuries to her arm and hand.

Defense attorneys do not deny that DePape hit Pelosi, but argue that it was motivated by his belief in conspiracy theories rather than Pelosi’s status as House speaker.

Because the charges involve assault on a federal official, prosecutors must prove that DePape’s actions were motivated by Pelosi’s elected office.

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