Accused Pelosi attacker David DePape spread QAnon, other far-right, bigoted conspiracies after his arrest, CNN reports
UPDATED: 11:45 p.m. ET Aug. 30, 2018
David DePape, who is accused of attacking and threatening Nancy Pelosi with a knife when he was released from a police station after a brief stint in jail, allegedly spread QAnon, a fringe conspiracy theory that has been embraced by white nationalist and white supremacist groups, while in jail, according to CNN.
DePape, 28, who went by the pseudonym “Darko,” told the network he made his statement while in custody, saying: “We are making a statement to the public that what happened to Nancy Pelosi was a false flag operation.”
The conspiracy theory, which claims that President Trump is a “dictator” installed by the deep state, has been embraced by some white supremacist groups in the U.S. and across the globe.
One of the main tenets on QAnon is that Trump is “colluding directly and indirectly with the deep state and the false flag operatives.”
It is an “in-house” conspiracy theory, according to CNN. QAnon supporters believe that Trump is either a “godfather” figure, or an “agent of the deep state who is now secretly working for the globalists.”
On Thursday, DePape was charged with threatening a former president after he punched a woman who confronted him at a California airport last month. Police said DePape’s actions caused a woman to sustain a cut that required stitches. His behavior was captured on video in the airport, where he allegedly shouted: “You’re going to die in prison! You’re going to die in prison!”
QAnon, which has been denounced by Trump, was a central part of the “alt right” far right movement before its decline.
Though the theory claims that Trump is part of a secret globalist secret society, QAn