GOP Groups In 3 States Using Flyer With QAnon Slogan To Promote Pro-Trump Event
A handful of Republican Party organizations in three states, including the Texas state GOP and county parties in Texas, California and Oklahoma, are promoting a pro-Trump event using a flyer that incorporates the QAnon slogan, according to Media Matters for America.
- As the publication noted, “QAnon is a violence-linked conspiracy theory based on cryptic posts to online message boards from an anonymous user known as ‘Q’ that have spread rampantly on social media and among fringe right-wing media.”
- Adherents of the conspiracy theory “believe that President Donald Trump is secretly working to take down the purported ‘deep state,’ a supposed cabal of satanic high-ranking officials, who they claim are operating pedophile rings.”
- QAnon has been labeled a potential domestic terror threat by the FBI, MMFA noted.
- Despite this, support for the conspiracy theory has taken root in the Republican Party, with “at least 73 Republican congressional candidates who have expressed support for the conspiracy theory, including at least 20 Republicans who are on the ballot in November.”
As for the upcoming September 5 event, “Trump supporters nationwide are planning a “Drag the Interstate” rally in which they’ll use their vehicles to “gather together and organize into rolling flag parade caravans within their States,” according to MMFA.
- A flyer promoting the event “contains the QAnon slogan ‘WWG1WGA’ an abbreviation for ‘where we go one, we go all.’”
- In addition, “The contact on that flyer is for ‘GhoSTorM143,’ a QAnon-promoting account on Twitter.”
- On August 29, the Oklahoma County Republican Party “promoted a Drag the Interstate event at the state Capitol with the QAnon flyer” on Facebook, according to the report.
Oklahoma County Republicans
National #MAGA Drag the Interstate is coming September 5, 2020! Join in the ride - meet at the State Capitol at 12 P.M. and be a part of the caravan on...
- “The Garfield County Republican Party in Oklahoma shared the Oklahoma County GOP’s post the following day,” MMFA wrote.
- Likewise, the “Republican Party of Texas, which is led by conservative pundit and former Rep. Allen West, lists a local event on its website and posted the QAnon flyer.”
- Also promoting the flyer are the Fresno County Republican Party in California, the Republican Party of McLennan County in Texas, and Iowa state Rep. John H. Wills.
Last month, Trump himself offered kind words to QAnon followers, saying he did not know much about the conspiracy theory but that its believers “like me very much, which I appreciate … These are people that love our country.”
Trump later said in response to a description of QAnon: “Is that supposed to be a bad thing or a good thing? I mean, you know, if I can help save the world from problems, I’m willing to do it, I’m willing to put myself out there. And we are actually. We’re 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.” QAnon supporters responded by celebrating his remarks.