Americans are staring down one of the strangest and most volatile elections in modern history this year, and they are doing so with an inordinate amount of distractions and peril.
First and foremost, (and a consistent source of significant stress), is the global coronavirus pandemic, which has slowed the national economy down to somewhere between a crawl and a limp. This is due to the fact that we still don’t have a reliable and widely effective form of treatment, nor do we have a vaccine other than the awfully dubious one being touted by Russian President Vladimir Putin – a man who is far more akin to a James Bond villain than an international leader.
Then there is the political chaos that our country is facing, with mass protests, riots, demonstrations, taking place around the nation. Some of this chaos comes from a need for racial justice, while other skirmishes have transformed into broader political focuses.
And we can’t forget about the Qanon phenomenon either, in which an anonymous internet poster is leaving cryptic clues for those on the alt-right that some believe describe a secret war between the Trump administration and the Deep State.
One Republican Representative is now concerned that the theory could be dangerous.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger on Sunday emphasized the importance of President Donald Trump and other leaders calling out QAnon — a set of far-right conspiracy theories that allege the existence of a “deep state” against Trump.
The Illinois Republican, who posted a video on YouTube explaining QAnon on Sunday morning, said it’s time for other lawmakers to definitively and emphatically denounce the theories.
Kinzinger’s worries were exacerbated by a recent primary victory for Republican Marjorie Greene of GA, who is an avid Qanon believer.
Speaking on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” Kinzinger said he supported Greene’s primary challenger, neurosurgeon John Cowan, in the runoff.
“I think up to maybe about a week ago there wasn’t a reason to denounce it because it didn’t need the attention, but now that it’s made mainstream — we have a candidate that embraces it that won a primary,” he said.
Kinzinger would go on to state his belief that the Qanon conspiracy theory was “dangerous” and implore his fellow Republicans to “denounce” it.
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