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QAnon Conspiracy Theorist Agent Margaritaville on the Run From Cops

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QAnon Conspiracy Theorist Agent Margaritaville on the Run From Cops


The squat man with hair as white as snow slowly lifts his hooded head to the camera. His eyes full of fear dart back and forth before he quickly pulls down his hood.

Hi, he says, his face suddenly brightening. I hear Im wanted.

This is Agent Margaritaville. Hes a YouTuber, a QAnon conspiracy theorist, and, since May, a wanted man. The 57-year-old, whose real name is Gerald Brummell, is wanted on two charges of engaging in conduct to impede performance of justice duties.

Toronto police told VICE that Brummell has yet to be arrested or turn himself in and they are actively looking for him.

Wasting away again in Margaritaville

Brummell has been a bit player in Canadas conspiracy world for a long timewell before QAnon was on the scene. Hes been active since at least 2013 when he started a website about the murderer Russell Williams, a colonel with the Royal Canadian Air Force who was found guilty of killing two women, and how he believes police officers covered for him. Hes also spoken out repeatedly out against childrens services that he believes kidnap children.

This isnt the first time Brummell has dealt with the law. Court documents confirm Brummell has been convicted of numerous types of fraud and has pretended to be a lawyer. In a 2015 lawsuit, he alleged there was a conspiracy against him and sued his neighbours for $7 million. The judge described him as a recreational litigant who appears to enjoy playing the part of a lawyer to the point of holding himself out as such for the purpose of committing criminal fraud.

I am of the view that his determination to bend the evidence and the law to his particular view is only limited by his imagination, reads the decision that went in favour of his neighbours.

VICE reached out to Brummell through several emails connected to his social media profiles but did not receive a response.

But Brummell has addressed the charges several times on his YouTube channel and has even posted a video focusing on an officer he believes is hunting him.In the video he shows photos of a police officer and his family (which include young children). Brummell also includes links to social media pages of the officer and his family. Near the end of the video, the officers mother appears with a target over her head and text that says she and her husband are fucked.

A Toronto police spokesperson told VICE that due to the nature of the charges, we are unable to provide more detail at this time as we would not want to potentially identify any victims. Typically the charge means threatening or intimidating a witness, a justice system worker, or journalist and is punishable with up to 14 years in prison.

In a rambling video about the charges, Brummell says police are sending swat teams and canine units after him. He says he was charged after calling a judge about a conspiracy he believes he found regarding a number of other judges. Brummell has often targeted judges and lawyers, saying in one of his most popular videos that the majority of them should be hung. Brummell also uploaded what could be called a diss track against those looking for him featuring him reading rhyming couplets over a hip-hop beat.

Like many other theorists, Brummell, who isnt the most prolific or interesting theorist, seized upon the massive, ever-changing conspiracy of QAnon. His YouTube channel has posted 284 videos since June 2019 that have garnered over a million views in total. On other social media channels, such as bitchute, hes uploaded popular QAnon documentaries for his followers.

Brummell was able to parlay these views and an aggressive, and frequently suspended, Twitter persona into a small following which he calls the Childrens Army.” Brummell and his team are investigating into a pizzagate-type conspiracy in Canada, purporting that the justice system is made up of a cabal of pedophiles. The members all take codenames: theres Agent Sputnik, Agent Sky High, and Agent Monkey Wrench. One of his followers even has Special Agent at The Childrens Army listed on a LinkedIn page they made.

This isnt a social club; you’re going to be going out and finding out information about bad people, Brummell says in a recruitment video for the Childrens Army posted on YouTube. Youre going to be staking out bad peoples homes. Youre going to be staking out cannibal restaurants.

Some people say there’s a Trudeau to blame

Brummell picked a good time to begin recruiting as there has been an explosion in conspiracy believers during the pandemic. People feel that theyve lost control and the moment that happens some people turn to conspiracy theories, Stephen Lewandowsky, the chair of cognitive psychology at the University of Bristol, told VICE previously. It provides psychological comfort to think that theres this cabal of bad people out there who are responsible for this.

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Earlier in the year, Brummell became known outside of his niche Canadian conspiracy circle after claiming he had proof of a $68 billion money transfer Jeffery Epstein made to a Canadian bank. Despite the pleas of many of his followers and co-conspiracy theorists, Brummell did not make his evidence known. His most popular video lists celebrities who have visited Epstein Island. His second most popular video shows him standing in front of a green shipping container that he claims was used to traffic children. In the video, he says the name on the container, Evergreen, is a reference to Hilary Clinton and that the pandemic is a cover as marines are now rescuing millions of children from the underground.

Canadian conspiracy players tend to intermingle. Brummell frequently amplified Norman Traversy, a conspiracy theorist who has raised over $140,000 in his mission to oust Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from office. After Traversy handed over documents to the U.S. embassy, which he promised would lead to the conviction of Trudeau, Brummell made him a congratulations video. Frequently Brummell has said Traversy and a former Peoples Party of Canada candidate were members of the Childrens Army.

Two videos on his channel showcase 24 Sussex Drive, the home of the prime minister and his family. In the first video, posted in February, Brummell and a collaborator (who is wearing a shirt that implies the Trudeau Foundation has the same logo as a pedophile group) go to the home’s gates. Brummell starts shaking the gates and a guard tells him to stop over an intercom. In the second video, taken on July 1, the man with the Trudeau shirtreferred to only as Agent A1goes back to the gates.

A1 quietly returned to the #Pizzagate and reminded Justin what we promised him in February, reads the videos description.

The next day, a different man, this one heavily armed, rammed down the gates of Rideau Hall (where the prime minister and his family currently live). The man, Corey Hurren, had previously posted QAnon and far-right memes on social media. Hurren allegedly had a note on him that outlined several grievances he had with Trudeau, including how Canada was becoming communist. Hurren was arrested after a two-hour standoff with the RCMP and currently faces 22 charges.

According to police and the agent himself, Margaritaville remains at large.

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Top Republicans embrace GOP candidate who promoted QAnon conspiracy theory

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Trump gave a full-throated endorsement of Marjorie Taylor Greene on Wednesday after she won a primary runoff in Georgia, calling her a “future Republican Star” and “a real WINNER!” in a tweet.

Greene has drawn backlash from some GOP lawmakers — and has even previously been rebuked by McCarthy and other House Republican leaders — and put the party in a difficult position during an election year where control of the White House and Congress are at stake. But top Republicans are now backing her after she defeated John Cowan in a runoff.

Top House Republican leaders were silent on Greene’s victory Tuesday night and didn’t weigh in for hours on Wednesday morning, but then offered an endorsement in response to questions from CNN.

A McCarthy spokesperson, who declined to be named, said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that House Republicans “look forward” to Greene’s victory in November.

“We look forward to Georgians Andrew Clyde and Marjorie Taylor Greene – and all of our Republican candidates across the country – winning in November so that we can enact policies to renew the American dream, restore our way of life, and rebuild the greatest economy in the world,” the statement said, adding, “It’s clear that the Democrat Party does not share those goals,” and specifically criticizing former Vice President Joe Biden, Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Minority Whip Steve Scalise and GOP conference chair Liz Cheney have not yet commented publicly on Greene’s win or said if they plan to support her candidacy after her primary runoff victory.

In one indication that the win has divided Republicans, GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois tweeted a rebuke of the QAnon conspiracy theory on Wednesday, saying there is “no place in Congress for these conspiracies.”

“Qanon is a fabrication. This ‘insider’ has predicted so much incorrectly (but people don’t remember PAST predictions) so now has switched to vague generalities. Could be Russian propaganda or a basement dweller. Regardless, no place in Congress for these conspiracies,” he tweeted.

Trump campaign official Matt Wolking went after Kinzinger over his criticism of QAnon on Twitter, saying, “When will @RepKinzinger condemn the Steele Dossier fabrications and conspiracy theories pushed by Democrats? That actually WAS Russian propaganda.”

During a Trump campaign call on Wednesday, GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik dodged a question about Greene when asked if Republicans need to distance themselves from far-right elements of their party as they call on Democrats to denounce the far left.

Stefanik took exception to the question and instead criticized Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, describing her record as “far left and radical.”

Greene’s primary runoff win against Cowan took place in a solidly Republican district, which puts her in a strong position to win a congressional seat in the fall. That puts national Republicans in the difficult spot of how to respond and how much to support her.

The Republican Party just took another step toward a dangerous conspiracy theory

Asked on Wednesday if he had concerns about Greene’s nomination, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a top GOP Senate leader, said: “I barely understand Missouri politics, I sure don’t understand Georgia politics.” Asked about QAnon conspiracy theorists emerging in some GOP primaries, Blunt added: “I haven’t come across it.”

Democrats are seizing on the controversy.

Pelosi, asked Wednesday for her reaction to the GOP nominating Greene despite her embrace of the QAnon conspiracy theory, told CNN: “They seem to be comfortable with it.”

Greene has repeated and promoted QAnon theories and phrases, praising the mythical Q as a “patriot” in a video from 2017 and describing the conspiracy theory as “something worth listening to and paying attention to.”

She has also faced a backlash over the revelation of past Islamophobic and anti-Semitic comments, including saying that there is “an Islamic invasion into our government offices,” and calling the progressive billionaire activist George Soros, who is Jewish, a “Nazi.”

Republican leaders responded with condemnation following a report in Politico surfacing racist remarks and other incendiary comments this summer.

A spokesman for McCarthy told Politico at the time, “These comments are appalling, and Leader McCarthy has no tolerance for them.”

Scalise called the comments from Greene “disgusting” and responded by endorsing Cowan. Scalise maxed out in donations to Cowan and helped fundraise for his campaign.

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Party committees typically endorse their nominees without hesitation. But the National Republican Congressional Committee refused to say when asked if it endorsed Greene’s candidacy after she won the GOP nomination, instead attacking a Democratic congresswoman from Minnesota.

NRCC spokesman Chris Pack said in a statement on the race sent to CNN Wednesday in response to a request for comment about Greene’s win: “Have you asked every Democrat if they will support racist anti-Semite Ilhan Omar since she’s won her primary last night?”

Omar, a member of the progressive Democratic “Squad,” prevailed in her fight to keep her seat in a Minnesota primary election on Tuesday.
Her rhetoric related to Israel has made her a target of criticism from Republicans as well as, at times, from some members of her own party. Pelosi and other members of House Democratic leadership once went so far as to publicly call on Omar to apologize for comments they said included “anti-Semitic tropes.”

Omar apologized after her rebuke from House Democratic leaders and Democratic leaders are backing Omar, including Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

“The DCCC backs all of our House Democratic incumbents, that of course includes Rep. Omar,” said DCCC spokesman Cole Leiter.

CNN’s Ryan Nobles and DJ Judd contributed to this report.



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Trump campaign spox rips GOP congressman over rejection of QAnon conspiracy

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A campaign spokesperson for President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE took aim at a GOP congressman on Wednesday after the lawmaker dismissed the QAnon conspiracy theory in a Twitter post.

Matt Wolking, deputy communications director for Trump’s reelection campaign, called on Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerCNN anchor: Trump’s possible Gettysburg acceptance speech ‘leaves you scratching your head’ Legal experts blast Trump floating election delay FEC commissioner to Trump: ‘No. You don’t have the power to move the election’ MORE (R-Ill.) to publicly reject the credibility of the dossier authored by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, which allies of the president have argued was the basis for the Russia investigation lead by former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN’s Toobin warns McCabe is in ‘perilous condition’ with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill’s 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE.

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz told members of Congress that the opposition research compiled by Steele did not prompt the investigation into the Trump campaign and its ties to Russia.

“When will @RepKinzinger condemn the Steele Dossier fabrications and conspiracy theories pushed by Democrats?” Wolking wrote, adding, “That actually WAS Russian propaganda.”

His tweet came in response to a tweet earlier in the day from Kinzinger, who called the QAnon conspiracy a product of “Russian propaganda or a basement dweller” following the victory of Marjorie Taylor Greene, a QAnon supporter, in theGOP primaryrunoff for Georgias 14th District on Tuesday night.

The congressman was the first GOP lawmaker to criticize Greene’s win, asserting there is “no place in Congress for these conspiracies.”

Following Greene’s win, Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to voice his support for the GOP candidate, calling her a “future Republican star.”

“Congratulations to future Republican StarMarjorie Taylor Greeneon a big Congressional primary win in Georgia against a very tough and smart opponent,” Trumptweeted. “Marjorie is strong on everything and never gives up – a real WINNER!”

Requests for further comment from Wolking and the Trump campaign were not immediately returned. Kinzinger’s office also did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.

The QAnon conspiracy, which began shortly before the November election in 2016, claims without evidence that top Democratic officials, major celebrities and figures in the media are working together to bring down Trump and are tied to an international child sex trafficking ring. The theory is based on posts by a mysterious individual or group of individuals on an anonymous internet forum.

The posts have made numerous predictions that have not come to fruition, including claiming that Trump’s 2016 opponent Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states California Dems back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden picks Harris as running mate MORE would be arrested as a result of the now-shuttered Russia investigation.

Greene is expected to win the general election in her red district in November. She won 60 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s runoff election.



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Amazon is chockfull of products promoting the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory even as fellow tech

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  • Amazon’s third-party seller policy prohibits the sale of “products
    that promote, incite or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or
    religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views.” 

  • While Amazon lists hundreds of QAnon-related items for sale, other
    tech companies including Twitter, TikTok, and Facebook have declared
    a hardened stance against QAnon-related content leading up to the
    2020 presidential election. 

Amazon currently has hundreds of products listed for sale that promote
the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon.

QAnon has been tied to violent acts, and the FBI has warned of the
movement’s potential to incite domestic terrorism. A man in Nevada
professed himself a follower of QAnon after blocking traffic with an
armored vehicle, and in 2019a man cited the movement as the motivation
for his plot to kill alleged New York mob boss Francesco Cali. …

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