- QAnon supporters are set to attend on the very least three of President Donald Trump’s 2020 advertising and marketing marketing campaign rallies this weekend.
- The fringe group has been gaining traction, with various QAnon supporters working for Congress and some positioned to win.
- Trump has not distanced himself from the far-right group, which operates on the belief mass of satanic and pedophiliac Democrats who’re working a worldwide sex-trafficking ring is out to get the president.
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At least three of President Donald Trump’s rallies this weekend will be attended by QAnon supporters, a bunch of folks that promote a far-right conspiracy that falsely says there is a mass of satanic and pedophiliac Democrats who run a worldwide sex-trafficking ring in a fight in opposition to the president.
The events will be hosted in Georgia and Nevada, based mostly on HuffPost.
The Georgia event, held Friday evening, featured Angela Stanton-King, the Republican working for the deceased Rep. John Lewis’ seat in Congress, the HuffPost reported.
Trump retweeted her twice earlier this month. Almost immediately after, Stanton-King tweeted in all caps the QAnon rallying cry, “The storm is here,” exhibiting to counsel that the president’s retweets have been validating the movement.
Stanton-King has been clear about her notion that the world is plagued with pedophilia and sex-trafficking. “This shouldn’t be about COVID 19 or BLACK LIVES MATTER. This is a major cowl up for PEDOPHILIA and HUMAN TRAFFICKING,” she tweeted the ultimate month.
At the rally, Stanton-King spoke alongside Dr. Robin Armstrong, a well-being care supplier who talked about he has given nursing home victims the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to cope with the coronavirus, the report talked about.
Trump has touted the drug as a doable remedy for the sickness nevertheless hydroxychloroquine has not been confirmed as a remedy for coronavirus.
Stanton-King moreover vouched for the drug on Twitter, using the platform to unfold misinformation about coronavirus.
Two deliberate Saturday rallies will moreover expose voters to pushers of the QAnon movement. Tito Ortiz, an MMA fighter who makes use of a QAnon phrase in his Instagram bio, is anticipated to attend every event in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, based mostly on the Huffington Post.
Ortiz has moreover tried to sow misinformation on the coronavirus pandemic all through his social media accounts. He posted a 10-minute video to Instagram meant to counsel that states have been falsifying info on the variety of folks that died because of the coronavirus.
The coronavirus has contaminated larger than 5.9 million people throughout the United States, based mostly on info compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Of that sum, larger than 181,000 people have died from it.
Neither of the rallies this weekend requires masks or non-public defending gear (PPE), and individuals who want to attend ought to sign a waiver releasing the Trump advertising and marketing marketing campaign from obligation if anyone contracts the virus.
Trump has not denounced QAnon publicly nevertheless as a substitute has retweeted QAnon accounts. The president has moreover welcomed assist from the group, saying earlier this month, “I don’t know much about the movement other than I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate.” A wave of QAnon supporters celebrated and thanked Trump for acknowledging them.
The promotion of QAnon from Trump and the GOP has led to rising bipartisan concern that the perimeter group could also be emboldened to behave further publicly, notably as various QAnon supporters are working for Congress.
Neither the White House nor the Trump 2020 advertising and marketing marketing campaign immediately responded to a request for comment from Business Insider.
Last 12 months, the FBI designated QAnon as a domestic-terrorism group, saying it’s filled with “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists” and citing it as a rising menace.