House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Friday denounced the QAnon movement after Vice President Mike Pence dismissed it earlier in the day.
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.
Pence also told CBS News on Friday that he doesn’t “know anything about that conspiracy theory,” adding, “I dismiss it out of hand.” On CNN, Pence also fielded questions about QAnon, saying President Donald Trump doesn’t embrace the theory.
Some QAnon followers believe Trump is trying to save the world against a secretive cabal of Satanists or Luciferians who are involved in child trafficking, cannibalism, and human sacrifice. Some of these individuals involved in the cabal are prominent politicians, celebrities, and other business luminaries. And “Q” posts, which feature cryptic and puzzle-like statements, have appeared on anonymous message boards, including 4chan’s “politically incorrect” subforum over the past several years.
Trump this week said he wasn’t familiar with the theory and said those who subscribed to it “love our country.”
“You said the president seemed to embrace it. I didn’t hear that,” Pence said on CNN. “I heard the president talk about he appreciates people that support him.”
McCarthy, in his interview, said that members of the Democratic party have embraced anti-Semitic points of view, including Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).
“But the real question would be,” McCarthy said on Fox News, “when you look to the Democratic party, to a Tlaib or Omar, with the anti-Semitic comments, when the Democrats would not stand up. When a member of the Republican Party said something that we believe is not about the party of Lincoln, we removed them from committee, but in the Democratic party, not only can you be anti-Semitic, you can spend your campaign money giving it to your husband.”
He was referring to Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who was removed from a GOP-controlled committee after he questioned why white supremacy is considered offensive.
McCarthy, meanwhile, said that Greene distanced herself from QAnon in recent days.
“I’ve had discussions with Marjorie Greene, she won that primary, and she recently came out and denounced the Q organization, whatever beliefs. I do not agree with their beliefs at all, and she denounced those,” he told CSPAN on Wednesday.
He added, “I believe everybody has an opportunity from that standpoint. And the discussions I’ve had with her, I think she will continue to work to show people that lots of times impressed today imply something different — she’s a small business owner and she’ll be given an opportunity.”