We're now to the point in 2020's campaign hell where Donald Trump is openly glad to have the support of a dangerous domestic terrorist cult and its followers.
President Trump gave a major boost to the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory, saying Wednesday he appreciated the support of its followers and asking whether it would be “a bad thing” if he were “saving the world from this Satanic cult of pedophiles and cannibals.”
Facing his toughest line of questions about QAnon, a group the FBI has flagged as a potential domestic terrorist threat, Trump claimed not to know anything about the group other than their affection for him.
“I don’t know much about the movement; I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate,” Trump said during a White House press briefing. “I heard these are people that love our country.”
“QAnon believes you are secretly saving the world from this cult of pedophiles and cannibals. Are you behind that?” a reporter pressed.
“I haven’t heard that. Is that supposed to be a bad thing or a good thing?” Trump responded. “If I can help save the world from problems, I am willing to do it. I’m willing to put myself out there. And we are actually, we’re saving the world.”
Though followers of the fringe extremist group, which believes Trump is quietly leading a revolution against the “deep state,” have been heralding Trump for years, there is now concern that it’s seeping into the mainstream as candidates who espouse their views are now running — and winning primaries — in a bid for Congress.
The Biden campaign, in a statement, quickly criticized Trump for seeking “to legitimize a conspiracy theory that the FBI has identified as a domestic terrorism threat. Our country needs leadership that will bring us together more than ever to form a more perfect union. We have to win this battle for the soul of our nation.”
Trump’s comments on QAnon came a day after he embraced the candidacy of Laura Loomer, a self-described Islamaphobe who won the GOP nomination in a Florida primary for a House seat.
The GOP is now straight up the party of racist violence, and they will use the excuse of "saving the children" to almost certainly commit violence against Democratic politicians and the people who voted for them.
Biden and Harris should take note. Trump's "okay with racism" voters aren't just going to go away in November.