Donald Trump’s new low on QAnon

Donald Trump’s new low on QAnon

Guthrie: Let me ask you about QAnon. It’s this idea that Democrats are a Satanic pedophile ring and that you’re the savior of that. Now, are you able to simply as soon as and for all state that that’s utterly not true and disavow QAnon in its entirety?

Guthrie: I simply instructed you.

Trump: You instructed me. However what you inform me does not essentially make it truth, I hate to say that. I do know nothing about it. I do know they’re very a lot towards pedophilia. They battle it very laborious, however I do know nothing about it. If you would like me to —

Guthrie: They imagine it’s a Satanic cult run by the ‘deep state.’

Trump: — research the topic. I will let you know what I do find out about: I find out about Antifa and I do know concerning the radical left. And I understand how violent they’re and the way vicious they’re. And I understand how they’re burning down cities run by Democrats, not run by Republicans.

That is the President of america not solely refusing to sentence an Web conspiracy idea — and group — that the FBI has stated is a possible home terrorism menace but additionally providing them a quasi-endorsement.

Even by the embarrassingly low bar that Trump has set for himself, that is actually, actually, actually unhealthy. For lots of causes.

Let’s undergo them.

1) It’s completely not possible for Trump to “know nothing” about QAnon, a motion that believes, amongst different outlandish issues, that Trump is working to root out, spherical up and jail pedophiles and Devil-worshippers embedded throughout the highest ranges of the federal government. Not solely does Guthrie inform Trump — in exact phrases — what QAnon is true earlier than she asks him whether or not he’ll denounce the group, Trump has been requested repeatedly about QAnon up to now. And he has repeatedly dodged — or worse.

Here is what Trump stated about QAnon in August:

“Effectively, I do not know a lot concerning the motion apart from I perceive they like me very a lot, which I admire. However I do not know a lot concerning the motion. I’ve heard that it’s gaining in recognition and from what I hear it is — these are people who — they watch the streets of Portland — once they watch what occurred in New York Metropolis in simply the final six or seven months, however this was beginning even 4 years in the past once I got here right here. Virtually 4 years, are you able to imagine it?

“These are folks that do not like seeing what is going on on in locations like Portland, and locations like Chicago, and New York and different cities and states. And I’ve heard these are people who love our nation and so they simply don’t love seeing it.”

That is an outdated (and worn-out) tactic by Trump. Do not forget that when he was requested by CNN’s Jake Tapper in February 2016 whether or not he rejected the help of KKK chief David Duke, Trump stated this:

“Simply so that you perceive, I do not know something about David Duke, OK? I do not know something about what you are even speaking about with White supremacy or White supremacists. So I do not know. I do not know — did he endorse me, or what is going on on? As a result of I do know nothing about David Duke; I do know nothing about White supremacists.”

Sound acquainted?

2) Trump, regardless of pledging to “know nothing” about QAnon, manages to reward their battle towards pedophilia. Pedophilia is, in fact, probably the most grievous crimes on the earth. (I, personally, would say it’s the worst.) Nobody helps pedophilia and everybody backs the battle towards it. However let’s be very clear about what QAnon thinks about pedophilia.

Here is how Kevin Roose of The New York Occasions defined it in an article on QAnon:

“QAnon is the umbrella time period for a sprawling set of web conspiracy theories that allege, falsely, that the world is run by a cabal of Devil-worshiping pedophiles who’re plotting towards Mr. Trump whereas working a world youngster sex-trafficking ring.

” … A lot of them additionally imagine that, along with molesting kids, members of this group kill and eat their victims with a purpose to extract a life-extending chemical from their blood.”

So, yeah.

3) Trump pivots to Antifa. Look, this isn’t a zero-sum sport. It’s completely OK to sentence QAnon and Antifa! (For extra on Antifa, learn this.) Trump is ceaselessly partaking in what-about-ism, all the time attempting to counsel that the ideological left is simply as unhealthy or worse than the ideological proper. What he fails to comprehend is that by ceaselessly attempting to play a sport of oh-but-what-about-this-thing-that-someone-on-the-left-said, he misses the purpose. As president, you must be keen to say that you simply condemn hate speech, violence and irresponsible conspiracy theories whether or not or not the propagators of that rubbish help you or oppose you.
Which brings me to this last level: Trump is aware of a lot about QAnon. Identical to he knew a lot about Duke. And plenty of different fringe teams that he has equivocated on. The rationale he’s unwilling to sentence them publicly is as a result of he likes anybody who likes him. Do not forget that Trump is a purely transactional determine. In the event you say good issues about him — whether or not you’re Vladimir Putin or Recep Tayyip Erdoğan or Kim Jong Un — he’ll say good issues about you. And if that helps him win just a few votes, all the higher!

This isn’t, in fact, what being president is about. Not even shut. However at this level, nothing ought to be surprising.

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