House votes to condemn QAnon
The House passed a bipartisan resolution condemning the sprawling QAnon conspiracy theory, though 17 Republican lawmakers voted against the measure in the 371-18 vote.
The GOP lawmakers voting “no” were Reps. Jodey Arrington (Texas), Brian Babin (Texas), Rob Bishop (Utah), Mo Brooks (Ala.), Michael Burgess (Texas), Buddy Carter (Ga.), Warren Davidson (Ohio), Jeff Duncan (S.C.), Drew Ferguson (Ga.), Bill Flores (Texas), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Steve King (Iowa), Mike Kelly (Pa.), Ralph Norman (S.C.), Scott Perry (Pa.), Thomas Tiffany (Wis.) and Daniel Webster (Fla.).
Rep. Justin Amash (L-Mich.), who used to be a Republican, also voted against the resolution.
Another GOP lawmaker, Rep. Andy Harris (Md.), voted present.
President Trump has not condemned the QAnon conspiracy, which revolves around the baseless theory that he and his allies are working to expose a cabal of Democrats, media figures and celebrities who are running an international child trafficking ring.
As unhinged as the conspiracy is, it has gained steam in conservative circles and several Republicans running for the House this year have backed it, including Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who is expected to win her general election race this November.
Greene has been praised effusively by Trump and backed by Republican leadership despite her supportive comments about QAnon and a history of racist and anti-Semitic comments.
“QAnon and other conspiracy theories and movements that dehumanize people or political groups, incite violence or violent threats and destroy faith and trust in our democratic institutions must be identified, condemned and exposed through facts,” Riggleman told The Hill.