US media is reporting on Marjorie Taylor Greene, the newly elected member of the US House of Representatives that is a supporter of the so-called QAnon conspiracy theory. According to the Vice News report:
January 5, 2020 Marjorie Taylor Greene was posting videos of herself standing under an umbrella in a muddy field outside the tiny town of Rockmart, Georgia, and seeking support for her primary race in Georgia. The posts got little engagement, receiving a few retweets and a few dozen likes. On Monday night, Greene, who was sworn in as a representative on Capitol Hill Sunday, was introduced to a crowd by President Donald Trump. “I love Marjorie Taylor Greene,” Trump enthused, about the QAnon-supporting lawmaker, adding: “Don’t mess with her.” Trump was speaking in Dalton, a major carpet-manufacturing hub, at what was purportedly a campaign rally for Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s runoff race against Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock on Tuesday. But Trump barely touched on the Senate runoff during his speech, focusing once again on his own election failings, boosting baseless conspiracy theories, and mispronouncing the word “America.”
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At its heart, QAnon is a wide-ranging, unfounded conspiracy theory that says that President Trump is waging a secret war against elite Satan-worshipping paedophiles in government, business and the media. QAnon believers have speculated that this fight will lead to a day of reckoning where prominent people such as former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be arrested and executed.media captionTrump on QAnon: ‘They do like me’ That’s the basic story, but there are so many offshoots, detours and internal debates that the total list of QAnon claims is enormous — and often contradictory. Adherents draw in news events, historical facts and numerology to develop their own far-fetched conclusions.
The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported in October that Russia’s Internet Research Agency troll farm was attempting to use social media accounts to boost the role of conspiracy theories promoted by QAnon.
In October, we also reported that YouTube had joined Facebook and other social media companies in taking action against QAnon.