Pelosi & Kavanaugh Murder Plots Show Media Double Standard
David DePape, the suspect in an alleged assassination attempt against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, wrote a series of right-wing blog posts in recent weeks. "Many of the posts were filled with screeds against Jews, Black people, Democrats, the media and transgender people," notes The Washington Post. "In one post, written on Oct. 19, the author urged former President Donald J. Trump to choose Tulsi Gabbard, the former Democratic congresswoman from Hawaii, as his vice-presidential candidate in 2024," reports The New York Times. "In another," wrote The Los Angeles Times, "he called 'equity' a leftist dog whistle 'for the systematic oppression of white people' and 'diversity' a 'dog whistle for the genocide of the white race.'"
But the blog posts confirm my original reporting yesterday that DePape has been, for at least a decade, in the grip of a psychosis caused by mental illness and/or drug use. The Washington Post, to its credit, reports in the first paragraph that DePape's blog was filled with "delusional thoughts, including that an invisible fairy attacked an acquaintance and sometimes appeared to him in the form of a bird" and that, as each post loaded, "a reader briefly glimpses an image of a person wearing a giant inflatable unicorn costume." The New York Times acknowledged that, "mixed in with those posts were others about religion, the occult and images of fairies that the user said he had produced using an artificial intelligence imaging system," albeit not until the 22nd paragraph.
And now the mother of DePape’s two children, Gypsy Taub, has publicly confirmed that DePape has experienced psychotic episodes. "He is mentally ill,” she told ABC7, “He has been mentally ill for a long time." Taub said DePape disappeared for almost a year and “came back in very bad shape. He thought he was Jesus. He was constantly paranoid, thinking people were after him. And it took a good year or two to get back to, you know, being halfway normal.” However, it is not clear whether DePape’s psychosis is a result of an underlying mental illness, like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, or from the long-term use of drugs, particularly meth, which can result in psychosis and permanent changes to brain functioning. Taub’s neighbors, as I reported yesterday, said Taub herself suffered frequent bouts of paranoid psychosis and had repeatedly lied about them to the police.
Many people responded to my reporting yesterday by noting that DePape may have been psychotic but that the real problem lay with right-wing conspiracy theories. “But even if you believe he's psychotic (which seems plausible),” wrote former New Yorker reporter James Surowiecki in response to my article, “why did his paranoid psychosis take as its object Nancy Pelosi? Because of the ubiquity of right-wing conspiracy theories and the demonization of Pelosi by right-wing media… We can certainly get rid of conspiracy theories being mainstreamed on cable TV and social media...