Neighbors of Pelosi assailant DePape suggest drugs and mental illness, not politics, was his problem

In the immediate wake of the violent assault on Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Democrats along with local and mainstream media outlets rushed to portray the alleged attacker, 42-year-old David DePape, as a right-wing nut job motivated by political ideology.

However, interviews with neighbors and acquaintances of DePape paint a starkly different picture and suggest that the violent assault on Pelosi was motivated by psychological issues instead of political differences, the Conservative Brief reported.

Indeed, anything more than a cursory glance into DePape’s background reveals that he held a hodgepodge of political views from the left, right, and center, but arguably even more importantly, that he most likely suffered from serious mental illness issues.

“Maybe there’s a mental problem with him”

The New York Post reported that, according to neighbors of DePape, the alleged Pelosi assailant was often “homeless” but sometimes lived in a broken down small yellow school bus parked out front of the home of an ex-partner named Oxane “Gypsy” Taub, a notorious nudist activist in Berkeley, California with whom DePape had fathered two children.

A neighbor named Ryan La Coste told the Post of DePape, “He usually kept to himself,” that “He would just give us a blank stare when we would walk by. We tried to stay clear of him,” and noted that he “wasn’t surprised at all” that DePape had gotten arrested.

“Another crazy story coming from someone in that house,” La Coste added. “They are always on the news and trying to be ‘activists.’ They always want to be in the spotlight.”

The Post also noted that another neighbor named Margarita Gonzalez confirmed that DePape “is homeless … but I never seen him being violent.” She added that DePape “never had work” and suggested, “Maybe there’s a mental problem with him.”

DePape “went off his rocker” after getting hooked on drugs again

Similarly, local media outlet KRON reported that, according to a former associate named Linda Schneider, DePape was estranged from his family and children and had previously lived in a public storage unit for a period of time. DePape had done some work on Schneider’s urban farm and they shared mutual acquaintances.

“David was excessively shy, and he reported to me that he had a history of not being able to communicate with anybody at all. He was terrified of speaking,” Schneider said. “He (was) likely a mindless follower of something he saw on social media because I don’t think he had the courage to be part of any political or terrorist group.”

She added that she had previously disassociated herself from DePape after “His drug use began again and he went off his rocker.”

Likely driven by drugs and mental illness, not political ideology

That all tracks with what was learned by investigative journalist Michael Shellenberger and reported in a Substack post after taking the time to dig in on DePape’s purported online political writings, which were scattered across the ideological spectrum, and speaking with his neighbors and acquaintances, in which the reporter concluded that DePape was “more in the grip of drug-induced psychosis than ideology-induced fanaticism.”

“What I know about the family is that they’re very radical activists. They seem very left. They are all about the Black Lives Matter movement. Gay pride,” a neighbor named Trish told Shellenberger. “But they’re very detached from reality. They have called the cops on several of the neighbors, including us, claiming that we are plotting against them. It’s really weird to see that they are willing to be so aggressive toward somebody else who is also a lefty.”

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