Accused Pelosi attacker David DePape spread QAnon, other far-right, bigoted conspiracies, and threatened violence
On June 14, 2020, the self-professed QAnon supporter and anti-Pence activist David DePape spread QAnon, several other far-right, bigoted conspiracy theories, and threatened to commit violence if Democratic 2020 presidential candidate and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was to be elected as the next speaker of the U.S. House.
As DePape shared QAnon theories on Facebook, his Facebook page was locked down by Facebook. He also posted “Beware of the Q [a reference to QAnon]” and “Beware of Q” on Twitter.
In an interview on May 29, 2020, DePape admitted on the record to his “anti-Pence, anti-American views.” He also admitted to being “an idiot” who does not know what “Q” stands for and is afraid that “Q” will kill him. He said he is “frightened by the Q.”
“The QAnon stuff that’s out there just terrifies me,” DePape told the Washington Times in a Facebook live interview. “I’m not a very good writer so I probably shouldn’t be releasing things like that publicly but I just got to share them.”
The Washington Times asked DePape, “Is this one of the most extreme theories out there, and do you feel it’s a hoax?”
“Absolutely,” DePape said. “It’s a massive conspiracy theory. Everybody knows it to be a hoax.”
“We know the government is corrupt and it’s all a lie,” DePape said. “Well,