Donald Trump has given new hope to QAnon conspiracy theorists who believe he is waging a secret war on a deep state of pedophile cannibals by saying he would be ready to help them “save the world.”
Asked at his daily press conference about his thoughts on the QAnon movement, the president said he didn’t know much about it other than that they “like it a lot, which I appreciate” .
At the heart of the theory is the belief that the president is secretly working to save the world from a satanic cult of pedophiles and cannibals. When asked if this was something he was behind, Mr. Trump said he was ready to put himself “out there” to help.
“Well, I didn’t hear that, but is that supposed to be a bad thing or a good thing?” You know, if I can help save the world from some trouble, I’m ready to do it, I’m ready to put myself out there, ”Mr. Trump said.
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“And we’re actually, we’re saving the world from a radical leftist philosophy that will destroy this country, and when that country is gone, the rest of the world will follow.”
The Biden campaign said Mr. Trump’s response to QAnon was another example of the president “giving a voice to violence.”
After calling the neo-Nazis and white supremacists of Charlottesville ‘good people’ and peaceful protesters gassing tears over the murder of George Floyd, Donald Trump just sought to legitimize a conspiracy theory that the FBI has identified it as a domestic terrorist threat, ”Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement.
Pro-Trump supporters of the QAnon theory have grown steadily since he was elected president, and often attend his rallies wearing “Q” shirts.
The first time Mr. Trump was asked about QAnon at a White House press conference last week, he declined to directly address the plot. Asked one of the theory’s proponents, Marjorie Taylor Greene, who won Georgia’s 14th Congressional District Republican primary, Mr. Trump congratulated her but quickly moved on to the next question.
Asked again on Wednesday, the president said that while he didn’t know much about the movement, he knew these are people who love the country and don’t like to see it as it is.
“I’ve heard it’s gaining popularity and from what I’m hearing it’s people who when they look at the streets of Portland when they look at what happened in New York over the past six or Last seven months only, but it was even starting four years ago when I came here, ”he said.
“These are people who don’t like to see what’s going on in places like Portland and places like Chicago, New York and other cities and states. ”
Mr. Trump’s main Republican opponent in 2016, Jeb Bush, also quickly denounced the president for his apparent adoption of the conspiracy theory.
“Why in the world wouldn’t the president kick the butt of Q’anon supporters?” Nut jobs, rascals, haters have no place in either side, ”Bush said in a tweet.
Followers of conspiracy theory believe that a mysterious but anonymous figure known as “Q” leaves cryptic but often prophetic messages on websites such as 4chan. Different theories claim that Q is a former intelligence officer, a group of people, or maybe even Mr. Trump himself.
It has become more prevalent during Mr. Trump’s presidency, with several Republican candidates identifying with it.
QAnon is linked to the notorious Pizzagate conspiracy, which claimed that Hillary Clinton and others were running a pedophile ring from the basement of a DC restaurant.
In 2016, a heavily armed man from North Carolina went to the restaurant to free the children he believed were imprisoned there and opened fire. However, the restaurant did not have a basement and there were no children. The shooter, Edgar Maddison Welch, was sentenced to four years in prison. He apologized for his actions and said he had made an “incredibly misguided decision”.