The man who attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer called into a local news outlet by surprise to share a chilling message to the nation: “You’re welcome.”
David DePape, 42, called KTVU from a San Francisco jail to share his reaction to the release of police bodycam video from the night of the brutal attack.
Pelosi attacker’s chilling message
An unfazed DePape showed no remorse and even said America should thank him.
“Now that you all have seen the bodycam footage, I have an important message for everyone in America. You’re welcome,” he said.
Quoting Thomas Jefferson, DePape said the “tree of liberty needs watering” and that he decided to take matters into his own hands to stop “tyranny.” The man issued a veiled threat, saying those responsible for “systematically” destroying freedom have “names and addresses.”
“So I got their names and addresses so I could pay them a little visit. Have a heart-to-heart chat about their bad behavior,” he said.
The man complained about being silenced by a “ruling class” that is “outsourcing” online censorship to the private sector in order to bypass the First Amendment, something DePape called “fascism.”
He offered a tongue-in-cheek apology, saying he “messed up” by not planning more carefully and targeting more people tied to the Democratic party.
“I want to apologize to everyone. I messed up. What I did was really bad. I’m so sorry I didn’t get more of them. It’s my own fault. No one else is to blame. I should have come better prepared,” he said.
A judge ordered the bodycam footage to be released Friday, along with Paul Pelosi’s 911 call, in which he calmly tells the dispatcher that a strange man is in his house who is “waiting” for his wife, Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.).
The judge also released audio of a police interview in which DePape says he wasn’t fooled by Paul Pelosi’s apparent effort to play it cool. DePape said he knew the police were coming but he wanted to stay and “fight”, like the founding fathers.
“When I left my house, I left to go fight tyranny,” he said. “I did not leave to go surrender.”
DePape also said he wanted to take Nancy Pelosi hostage and “break her kneecaps” as payback for Democrats “persecuting” Donald Trump and his supporters with a “crime spree” that continued through Trump’s presidency, until Democrats were “finally able to steal the election.”
Paul Pelosi is still recovering from the October assault, which left him with a fractured skull. DePape is facing charges for attempted murder, kidnapping and elder abuse.