Report: There At Least Twelve QAnon Adherents Running For Congress

Darren.Woon

At least twelve adherents of the QAnon conspiracy theory are running for Congress in 2020.

At least twelve supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory, which originated on far-right message boards, are running for Congress in 2020, according to Media Matters

The conspiracy theory revolves around an anonymous account known as “Q” and began on the far-right message board 4chan before moving to another far-right message board 8chan, which has since been rebranded as 8kun. 

“Q” claims that President Donald Trump was working with then-special counsel Robert Mueller to take down the president’s perceived enemies, which conspiracy adherents call the “deep state.” Multiple followers have been tied to violent acts, including multiple murders and an attempted kidnapping.

The FBI released a memo in May 2019 that listed QAnon as a potential domestic terrorism threat. 

These are the 2020 congressional candidates who have endorsed the conspiracy theory or promoted QAnon content:

  1. Jo Rae Perkins is a Republican candidate running in Oregon’s 4th Congressional District.
  2. Danielle Stella is a Republican candidate running in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.
  3. Matthew Lusk is  a Republican candidate currently running unopposed in the primary for FLorida’s 5th Congressional District. 
  4. DeAnna Lorraine Tesoriero is a Republican candidate running in California’s 12th Congressional District.
  5. Rich Helms is a Republican candidate running in Texas’ 33rd Congressional District. 
  6. Steve Von Loor is a Republican candidate running in North Carolina’s 4th Congressional District. 
  7. Michael Bleumling is a Republican candidate running in Florida’s 21st Congressional District.
  8. Erin Cruz is a Republican candidate running in California’s 36th Congressional District.
  9. Patrice Kimbler is a Republican candidate also running in California’s 36th Congressional District.
  10. Marjorie Taylor Greene is a Republican candidate running in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District.
  11. Michael Moates is a Libertarian candidate running in Texas’ 26th Congressional District.
  12. Joe Walz is a Republican candidate running in Texas’ 22nd Congressional District.

Jo Rae Perkins, in an interview with Right Wing Watch’s Jared Holt, said that her QAnon support is a part of her campaign strategy and claimed that “there’s a lot more people that are running for political office that follow Q than are admitting to it.”

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