Accused Pelosi attacker David DePape spread QAnon, other far-right, bigoted conspiracies on Twitter
Twitter suspended DePape for “materially promoting” conspiracy theories, and his Twitter account is no more.
Caitlin Emma of The Blaze reported on Friday that David DePape, a man who recently shot House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in the head, had been suspended from Twitter over “a series of troubling tweets.”
The posts on his now-suspended Twitter account were “widely disseminated” on the site on Friday, but had received little “traction or interest” by the time of publication.
Twitter has not provided specifics on DePape’s latest tweets or alleged posts since the suspension, but Emma noted that the suspension came amid a campaign against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) that included both violent far-right conspiracies and QAnon-style conspiracies.
“I don’t really know what we’re dealing with here,” a spokesperson for Twitter said in response to Emma’s report.
An anonymous Twitter user who spoke with Emma on the condition of anonymity described a “bizarre conspiracy theorist” who shared “bigoted, violent conspiracy theories.”
“He shared Qanon, literally,” the Twitter insider said in reference to a conspiracy theory popularized on the web that claims prominent political figures were running for president in 2019 to create chaos and to “take over the world.”
“We pulled him for abuse and spamming,” the spokesperson said. A week prior, Politico obtained DePape’s phone number from his social media profiles, which prompted an investigation by the Federal Election Commission into DePape’s campaign contributions.
Twitter initially said in its “anti-harassment” report that DePape