President Donald Trump says he appreciates support from followers of the QAnon movement saying ‘They like me very much!’
Mr Trump’s comments come after he was asked about QAnon by a reporter during Wednesday’s White House press briefing.
Followers of Q – thought to be a military information operative – believe Trump is secretly fighting against “deep state” factions of powerful Satanic paedophiles who are plotting against him and his supporters.
Trump had been asked for his thoughts about QAnon a week after he celebrated the victory of Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican congressional candidate who has reportedly promoted them, following her primary election win in Georgia.
“Marjorie is strong on everything and never gives up – a real WINNER!” Trump tweeted after Greene’s victory.
Ms Greene is an avid supporter of the group and calls them ‘heroes’ and ‘true patriots.’
Mr Trump said at the briefing “I don’t know much about the movement, other than I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate.”
The FBI have tried to debase the movement and called them ‘dangerous.’
The agency said they were concerned about the emergence of “anti-government, identity based, and fringe political conspiracy theories” last May that it issued a formal intelligence bulletin to American law enforcement agencies.
It warned of people being inspired to engage in “criminal and sometimes violent activity” by such philosophies, given that they “tacitly support or legitimize violent action.”
The Washington Post said the movement is ‘an anonymous actor within the Trump administration, identified as Q, shares updates and information about a secret government effort to uproot an international ring of child abusers and sex traffickers.
‘It puts President Trump at the helm of that purported effort, pitting him against an extensive cabal of celebrities and government officials who engage in abuse or seek to protect the abusers.’
‘It is an obviously false theory, and Q’s prognostications have been repeatedly debunked. But given the way in which it puts a primacy on self-education, it has spawned tens of thousands of do-it-yourself private investigators cobbling together allegations like characters from “A Beautiful Mind.”
However, at the Wednesday evening presser, Trump said QAnon believers are people who, like him, are troubled by crime in large U.S. cities.
“These are people that don’t like seeing what’s going on in places like Portland and places like Chicago and New York, other cities and states. And I’ve heard these are people that love our country and they just don’t like seeing it,” Trump said.
“So I don’t know really anything about it other than they do supposedly like me and they also would like to see problems in these areas – like, especially the areas that we’re talking about – go away.”
A reporter then informed Trump that QAnon actually involves “this belief that you are secretly saving the world from this Satanic cult of paedophiles and cannibals.”
Trump replied, “Well, I haven’t heard that,” before spinning that definition of the conspiracy into a positive view of his administration.
“But is that supposed to be a bad thing or a good thing? If I can help save the world from problems, I’m willing to do it. I’m willing to put myself out there,” Trump said.
“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.”
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