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Elon Musk Called Out After Tweeting And Deleting Conspiracy About Attack On Paul Pelosi

Musk promoted a far-right theory about the assault on Nancy Pelosi's Husband in San Francisco just days after buying Twitter.

Elon Musk Called Out After Tweeting And Deleting Conspiracy About Attack On Paul Pelosi
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Billionaire Elon Musk was called out after he tweeted and ultimately deleted a conspiracy theory about the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband Paul Pelosi, who survived after being repeatedly struck with a hammer during a home invasion.

Shortly after the attack, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton posted a Los Angeles Times article about the attack and denounced the Republican Party "and its mouthpieces [who] now regularly spread hate and deranged conspiracy theories."

As if to prove Clinton's point, Musk replied that there might be "a tiny possibility there might be more to this story than meets the eye," attaching a link to an article from the far-right Santa Monica Observer claiming that Pelosi was attacked by a lover he met at a bar in the middle of the night.

There is no truth to that allegation, and local authorities confirmed that Pelosi and his attacker did not know each other.

Musk deleted his tweet hours later without providing an explanation or an apology but not before nimble Twitter users took screenshots.

Musk's tweet came just days after he acquired Twitter. He was forced by a court to follow through with a $44 billion deal to buy the company after a failed attempt to abandon it and complaints about the social media platforms moderation rules.

Musk's behavior prompted many to opine that it does not bode well for the future of Twitter, which Musk has insisted needs to go private if it wants to become a platform for free speech.

Musk has been harshly criticized as a result.

Paul Pelosi was attacked with a hammer at the couple's residence in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California on October 28. He was seriously injured underwent surgery for a fractured skull; his doctors expect him to make a full recovery.

David DePape, a 42-year-old California man, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted homicide and other felonies. He had intended to kill Speaker Pelosi and yelled, "Where is Nancy, where is Nancy?" during the attack, according to police who arrested DePape at the scene.

DePape had embraced far-right political conspiracy theories including QAnon, Pizzagate, ideas related to COVID-19 vaccine misinformation, and Holocaust denial.