President Donald Trump on Thursday refused to condemn a dangerous online conspiracy movement that holds that the government is run by anti-Trump Satanic pedophiles.
Trump refused to disavow the QAnon movement during an NBC News town hall, saying he knows nothing about it beyond that supporters of the theory are “strongly against pedophilia.”
Trump was asked by host Savannah Guthrie to disavow the conspiracy theory, after she described it as a theory about Democrats being a satanic pedophile ring.
“I know nothing about QAnon. I know very little,” Trump said. “You told me but what you tell me doesn’t necessarily make it fact. I hate to say that.”
“I know nothing about it. I do know they are very much against pedophilia, they fight it very hard. But I know nothing about it,” Trump continued.
When Guthrie noted that Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) said QAnon is “nuts” and that “real leaders call conspiracy theories conspiracy theories,” Trump again said claimed to have no knowledge about the theory.
“He may be right. I just don’t know about QAnon,” Trump said.
“You do know,” Guthrie pressed.
“I don’t know,” Trump continued.
The President refuses to denounce QAnon. pic.twitter.com/RboqRrknck
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) October 16, 2020
QAnon is a far-right conspiracy theory whose followers believe that Democrats and the government are Satanic pedophiles whom Trump will destroy. Trump has previously said he was pleased with the movement because it praises him.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation believes conspiracy theories like QAnon and Pizzagate pose a domestic-terrorism threat, Yahoo News reports. A previously unpublished FBI bulletin from May 30 says that for the first time the agency is labelling “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists” as a growing threat.