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Donald Trump Praises Adherents To Far-Right Conspiracy Movement QAnon: “They Like Me Very Much”

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Donald Trump startled reporters at a press conference on Wednesday after he was asked a question about QAnon, the far-right conspiracy movement that has been deemed a potential domestic terrorism threat.

The FBI named QAnon in a bulletin on fringe theories that warned of increasing extremist domestic violence.

“I don’t know much about the movement, other than I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate,” Trump told reporters, adding that “these are people that don’t like seeing what’s going on in places like Portland and places like Chicago and New York and other cities and states.”

But then the president was told the specifics of what QAnon followers believe, going well beyond concerns of protests and unrest in major cities.

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“The theory is this belief that you are secretly saving the world from this Satanic cult of pedophiles and cannibals,” a reporter asked him. “Does that sound like something you are behind?”

“I haven’t heard that, but is that supposed to be a bad thing or a good thing?” Trump said.

“If I can help save the world from problems, I’m willing to do it,” he added. “I’m willing to put myself out there. And we are saving the world from a radical left philosophy that will destroy this country. And when this country is gone the rest of the world would follow. The rest of the world would follow.”

Trump has embraced other political figures who have risen to prominence in part because of their promotion of conspiracy theories, including commentator Laura Loomer, who won the GOP nomination for a House seat in Florida on Tuesday, and Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Qanon supporter who recently won a Republican primary in Georgia.

The spread of QAnon is what is seen by law enforcement as a potential threat. The QAnon has origins in what is known as Pizzagate, a false conspiracy theory that top Democrats were involved in a child sex ring run out of the D.C. eatery Comet Ping Pong. That took a dangerous turn when one of the theory’s adherents showed up and fired from a semi-automatic assault rifle.

Facebook has been taking down QAnon content off its platform and Instagram, and removed 790 groups and more than 1,500 ads tied to the movement.

Trump said that he had heard that QAnon is “gaining in popularity,” and he also has retweeted posts from some of the movement’s adherents.

Last month, the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point published a report on QAnon in which it said that it “represents a public security threat with the potential in the future to become a more impactful domestic terror threat.” The FBI also has warned that fringe conspiracy theories can lead to domestic terrorism.

Andrew Yates, spokesman for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, said, Trump “is again giving voice to violence.” He said that the president “just sought to legitimize a conspiracy theory that the FBI has identified as a domestic terrorism threat.”

On Fox News, Karl Rove said that Trump make a “big mistake. This is a group of nuts and kooks and he ought to disavow them.”



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Sanders and Schumer call on McConnell to hold hearings to fight election conspiracy theories – KTVZ

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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York are calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to create a new bipartisan committee focused on election integrity and schedule hearings to reassure Americans over a process President Donald Trump has repeatedly sought to undermine.

There is growing anxiety among Democrats, and some Republicans, that Trump will not only continue to sow doubt over the legitimacy of the coming election but throw the subsequent count into chaos by declaring victory before all the votes can be tallied, including the millions that will arrive by mail.

In a letter to McConnell, Sanders and Schumer quote back the Kentucky senator’s own words, in which he attested to the reliability of mail-in voting by citing its successes in Oregon, Washington and Colorado, which have been using the system for years.

Trump has repeatedly questioned the validity of mail-in voting, promoted conspiracy theories questioning election security, called on supporters to act as unsanctioned “poll watchers,” and suggested that the absence of a clear result by the evening of November 3 would in some way cast doubt on the eventual outcome. Key allies in powerful positions, like Attorney General Bill Barr, have followed suit. Barr has persisted in puffing up a debunked claim that ballots received by mail would somehow strip the sender of their privacy — ignoring well-established safeguards.

By escalating the matter now, Sanders and Schumer are responding to growing concern, in partisan and nonpartisan spaces, that Americans are not adequately prepared for the potential of a longer-than-usual wait for results or Trump’s willingness to short-circuit the democratic process if he smells defeat.

“Democrats and Republicans in Congress must come together to ensure that we have a free and fair election where every vote is cast and counted without intimidation,” Sanders told CNN, “where no one has to put his or her health in danger to cast a ballot, and where we have full confidence in the results.”

The proposed hearings would invite a cross-section of election officials from across the country to testify to the security and reliability of mail-in, early- and in-person voting — subjects on which Sanders and Schumer, again, referenced McConnell’s own words.

“Despite the clear security of our vote-by-mail system, some have continued to undermine it with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud,” they wrote. “As you have correctly said, people ‘can vote early, you can vote on Election Day, or you can drop it in the mail,’ and that voters should ‘not worry about your vote not counting.’”

The minority leader and Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, also want more detailed discussion about the fraught hours, or days, after the polls close and a real-time watch of the election horse race potentially swings from one candidate to another.

“We know a number of states may well be counting ballots for a period of time after Election Day, and that those votes may be determinative in this election,” the senators wrote to McConnell. “To avoid disinformation, conspiracy theories, and suspicion about results, we must understand the likely timeline for this process.”

The letter goes on to reference the recent war games-style preparations conducted by a group called the Transition Integrity Project, a bipartisan gathering of operatives and academics that made headlines when some of the outcomes of their exercises — including “both street-level violence and political impasse” — were reported on in late July.

“A bipartisan group of experts and officials have studied multiple scenarios where the outcome of the election was not immediately known. Some of these scenarios resulted in unrest and even violence,” Sanders and Schumer wrote, suggesting the Senate should elevate similar discussions and familiarize the public with the uncertainties ahead. “We would like to hear from the most knowledgeable people in the country as to how we can do everything possible to make sure that the election and the period afterward is secure and peaceful.”

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HHS supported Caputo, with a statement that called him a critical, integral part of the presidents coronavirus response, leading on public messaging as Americans need public health information to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.

There was no immediate statement from the White House.

Attempts to reach Caputo were unsuccessful.

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called on Azar to fire Caputo, accusing the spokesman of trying to interfere with CDC reports to the medical and scientific community, as well as the public at large. And Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on Azar himself to resign, citing interference with the CDC as one example of what he termed the administration’s failures.

Officials at CDC have privately complained of recent efforts by political appointees at main HHS to try to edit or press for changes in the agency’s weekly MMWR publications, a go-to resource for public health professionals.

MMWR articles are technical, but they reveal telling details. One published earlier this year noted that while Trump’s travel restrictions dramatically reduced travel from China in February, nothing was being done at that time to restrict travel from Italy and Europe, where the coronavirus was spreading widely and rapidly. Analysis of virus samples from hard-hit New York in March suggested it was introduced there from Europe and other parts of the U.S., the CDC article reported.

Caputo is an unswerving Trump loyalist. His recent book, The Ukraine Hoax, claims the presidents phony impeachment was rooted in a vast conspiracy.

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This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS and Polio narrative (among others), only we’re seeing it escalated to weeks and months instead of years or decades.

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