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Speaker Pelosi's husband assaulted with hammer inside home

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In the wake of a hammer attack on Paul Pelosi at his San Francisco home, Democrats and media raced to blame Republicans for inciting the violence. They based their tendentious claims on bizarre social media posts expounding conspiracy theories. But the attack and the paranoia are symptoms of the psychosis – which was tied to long-term drug abuse. Michael Shellenberger writes:

DePape lived with a notorious local nudist in a Berkeley home, complete with a Black Lives Matter sign in the window and an LGBT rainbow flag, emblazoned with a marijuana symbol, hanging from a tree. A closer look reveals the characteristics of a homeless encampment, or what Europeans call “an open drug scene.” In the driveway, there is a broken-down camper van. On the street is a yellow school bus, which neighbors said DePape occasionally stayed in. Both are filled with garbage typical of such structures in homeless encampments. People come and go from the house and the vehicles, neighbors say, in part to partake in the use of a potent psychedelic drug, ibogaine.

Neighbors described DePape as a homeless addict with a politics that was, until recently, left-wing, but of secondary importance to his psychotic and paranoid behavior.

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