President Donald Trump brought up Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene’s support for the dangerous QAnon conspiracy theory during a meeting on keeping the Senate with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other aides, a source familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN.
This person confirmed that Trump told those present that QAnon consists of people who “basically believe in good government,” which led to silence in the room. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows then said he had not heard the group described as such.
Trump’s comments were first reported by The Washington Post.
QAnon’s prevailing conspiracy theories – none based in fact – claim that dozens of Satan-worshipping politicians and A-list celebrities work in tandem with governments around the globe to engage in child sex abuse. The group also peddles conspiracies about coronavirus and mass shootings – none grounded in reality. Followers also believe there is a “deep state” effort to annihilate Trump.
The group has been labeled a domestic terror threat by the FBI. In public, Trump has claimed he doesn’t “know much about the movement, other than I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate,” while repeatedly declining opportunities to condemn the organization’s extremism.
As for Greene, Trump has called her a “future Republican star.” But she has a history of prejudice and a proclivity for amplifying conspiracies. She said that George Soros, a Holocaust survivor, collaborated with Nazis. She called “Q” a “patriot” who is “worth listening to.” She said that the deadly White supremacist rally held in 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, was an “inside job” to “further the agenda of the elites.”