The online conspiracy theory known as “Qanon” has gone mainstream as of late, with a glut of stories and segments on the subject finding their way into the public consciousness.
And now, even President Trump is talking about it.
Although Trump admitted that he does not know much about the conspiracy theory movement, he did claim that many adherents support him and that they are frustrated with the unrest that has gripped some cities across the nation.
“I don’t know much about the movement besides that they like me very much,” Trump said during a press briefing at the White House. “These are people that don’t like seeing what’s going in places like Portland and Chicago.”
He added: “I heard these are people that love our country.”
Qanon believers have been labeled “dangerous” by the FBI, but thanks to the theorists’ belief that Trump is waging a secret war against the Deep State, followers of the saga will likely just chalk that designation up to the fight itself.
On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany looked to distance the Executive Branch from the Qanon movement.
“The media talks a lot about this so-called QAnon. I’ve never heard the president mention it,” McEnany told Fox News. “I talk to him oftentimes 10 times a day. Not once have I heard him mention this group. The media can focus on QAnon, but this president is focused on the American people.”
Qanon believers will certainly take both the President’s and Press Secretary’s statements into consideration, as they have constructed their expansive theories out of simple and vague questions being posted online by the alleged “Q”.
In their eyes, both of these statements have some meaning in the grand scheme.
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