Republican Lawmaker Denies Knowing An Event He Attended Had Ties To QAnon
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) was “apparently unaware that a ‘Save the Children’ human trafficking rally he attended over the weekend was backed by a supporter of QAnon, a discredited conspiracy theory.”
- The rally’s ties to QAnon “were not highlighted in local media coverage of the event,” the AJC reported. “However, attendees sported clothing and waved posters with symbols and slogans from the conspiracy theorist network whose many claims include a movement within the federal government to topple President Donald Trump.”
- The FBI has labeled QAnon as a domestic terrorist threat, and “Facebook temporarily restricted access to the #SavetheChildren hashtag earlier this month after concerns it was being used to spread misinformation,” the report said.
- Carter’s campaign and Washington office “said the Republican congressman from Pooler has no involvement in QAnon and showed up to support the greater cause of combating sex trafficking, which is part of Gov. Brian Kemp and first lady Marty Kemp’s priorities,” the AJC continued.
“Congressman Carter was invited by a constituent who shares his strong stance against human trafficking, especially the trafficking of children,” spokeswoman Mary Carpenter said in a statement. “Rep. Carter had no knowledge of any QAnon ties to the event, his attendance had absolutely nothing to do with QAnon, and Rep. Carter is in no way affiliated with QAnon.”
- “A main tenet of the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory is that liberal elites are facilitating a secret child sex ring,” the AJC added.
- Dominic Box, the organizer of the Savannah rally, said, “What we’re witnessing is the greatest story never told taking place in the shadows of society...It’s a story that includes princes, presidents, people that you watch on TV every single day, and you hear nothing of it. Why? Press are involved.”
- This quote “echoes the conspiracy language of ‘Q,’ the nebulous individual or entity that claims to have knowledge about a ‘deep state’ network that is attempting to destroy Trump,” wrote the AJC.
- Box “contacted The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shortly after a reporter emailed Carpenter and Carter campaign spokesman Chris Crawfod about the congressman’s involvement,” the report stated. Box “did not deny that people with QAnon ties attended the rally, but he said it was not the genesis of the event.”