First Lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff Stephanie Grisham on Tuesday said she hadn’t discussed the QAnon movement with the first lady, but she said that Trump opposes anything that would be harmful to children.
“I haven’t talked to her about that specifically, but I think there’s constantly this misperception that it’s about online bullying, which of course gets tied to the president,” Grisham said in a televised interview. “It’s about online safety, and it’s about teaching children that there are predators out there online and that they need to really watch out who they’re talking to online and what they’re doing,” Grisham added, saying that Internet safety is a critical component for children now.
Grisham asked if the first lady disavowed the QAnon theory.
“I would never say what I think she should or shouldn’t do,” Grisham said. “But I think it would be safe to say if there’s anything that would be harmful to children online, she’s going to be against that.”
In recent days, President Donald Trump and other GOP officials have been pressed by media outlets to speak about QAnon, a theory that alleges Trump is working to expose and arrest a cabal of elites who run governments and institutions who are engaging in child trafficking.
Twitter and Facebook, in recent months, have moved to ban accounts and groups associated with the movement.
On Tuesday, Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.) introduced a resolution in the House “condemning QAnon.”
“Our aim is a fully bipartisan Congressional repudiation of this dangerous, anti-Semitic, conspiracy-mongering cult that the FBI says is radicalizing Americans to violence,” he stated. Malinowski said the resolution has bipartisan support.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) last week denounced the movement after Vice President Mike Pence dismissed it earlier that day.
“Let me be very clear,” McCarthy told Fox News. “There is no place for QAnon in the Republican Party. I do not support it and the candidate you talked about has denounced it.”
He was referring to Marjorie Taylor Greene, who won the Republican primary for Georgia’s 14th District. In YouTube videos, Greene embraced the QAnon theory but has since distanced herself from the movement, according to the GOP leader.
Trump, meanwhile, told reporters he wasn’t familiar with the theory and said those who subscribed to it “love our country.”