Twitter, now owned by Elon Musk, is aflutter with people accusing Paul Pelosi and/or his assailant David DePape of being in their underwear as police arrived, responding to a 911 call.
The implications expanded and tens of thousands of “likes” from MAGA flooded the social media platform.
Let’s fact check the claims, shall we?
A single news organization, KTVU-TV, reported that DePape was wearing only his underwear when police arrived. Although that news organization is generally regarded as a credible television station, it later posted a correction and removed the information on the underwear from the article.
KTVU is an Oakland Fox affiliate, and the investigative jernalist who wrote the story is Evan Sernoffsky.
The original headline read “Alleged Pelosi intruder found in underwear….” But when you click on the story now, the headline reads instead, “Alleged Pelosi intruder has manifesto of conspiracy theories: sources.” And at the bottom of the article it now reads “CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated what clothing the suspect was wearing when officers found him.”
Thus, no, there is no credible evidence that either DePape or Pelosi was wearing their underwear when police arrived. Other sites appear to just be quoting or citing the original KTVU-TV story, without telling people it was retracted or they are just making the claim without offering a single shred of evidence to back it up.
There is body camera evidence that has not yet been released, but has been requested by Heavy.
Paul Pelosi managed to make a secret 911 call from the bathroom after DePape broke into his house, and newly released dispatch audio captured the police response to the scene.
Pelosi spoke in code during the 911 call and said: “What’s going on? Why are you here? What are you doing to me?” alerting the dispatcher that something was wrong.
Pelosi made the secret 911 call after telling suspect David DePape he needed to use the bathroom. His phone was charging in the bathroom.
The Speaker released a statement last night.