Despite their apparent belief in a range of wild and unsubstantiated claims against many of the nation’s top officials, many Republicans have shown a willingness to validate claims by adherents of the QAnon conspiracy movement.
After praising QAnon-aligned GOP congressional candidate Laura Loomer on her primary election victory in Florida, Donald Trump responded to a reporter’s question about the controversial and secretive group.
“I don’t know much about the movement other than I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate,” he said. “But I don’t know much about the movement.”
He claimed the group’s followers “don’t like seeing what’s going on in places like Portland and places like Chicago and other cities and states,” again touting his perceived popularity among the conspiracy theorists.
When a reporter pointed out that the group has made outrageous public claims regarding an imagined child sex trafficking ring supported by the political elite class, Trump claimed ignorance.
“Well, I haven’t heard that, but is that supposed to be a bad thing or a good thing?” he said. “If I can help save the world from problems, I’m willing to do it. I’m willing to put myself out there.”
The FBI declared QAnon a domestic terror threat in 2019 and associated accounts have been removed from social media platforms across the board.