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Donald Trump Refuses To Denounce The QAnon Conspiracy Theory

Donald Trump Refuses To Denounce The QAnon Conspiracy Theory

The US President held a Town Hall to talk about his plan for America if he's reelected next month.

People were allowed to ask Donald Trump questions about all sorts of things and he revealed what he plans to do about each topic.

However, NBC News' Savannah Guthrie asked the Commander in Chief about whether he would denounce the QAnon conspiracy theory that has swept over America.

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QAnon is a far-right group of people who believe (and we s**t you not) a 'cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles running a global child sex-trafficking ring is plotting against President Donald Trump'.

They also believe Trump is battling against this cabal and is planning a day of reckoning called 'The Storm' where the cabal will be arrested.

The group haven't based any of these beliefs in substantiated fact, however it hasn't stopped loads of people from joining social media groups and pages associated with the conspiracy theory. They have also made a large presence at his campaign rallies.

President Trump was asked to denounce the theory and the group, however he didn't really follow through.

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He responded with: "I know nothing about QAnon."

Ms Guthrie hit back with: "I just told you."

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Trump replied: "What you tell me doesn't necessarily make it fact."

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The two went back and forth over the issue and Trump said the only thing that was clear about QAnon was that they 'are very much against paedophelia', which is something he supports.

While the President might claim to not know anything about the group, he has retweeted loads of their followers' posts on Twitter.

In August this year, Trump amplified QAnon messaging at least 216 times by retweeting or mentioning 129 QAnon-affiliated Twitter accounts, according to Media Matters for America.

The President was asked during the Town Hall about why he retweeted a conspiracy theory linked to a QAnon account that baselessly claimed Joe Biden had SEAL Team Six killed to cover up the 'fake death of Osama bin Laden'.

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Trump replied, saying: "I know nothing about it. That was a retweet - that was an opinion of somebody. And that was a retweet. I'll put it out there. People can decide for themselves."

Guthrie hit back at the Republican candidate with: "I don't get that. You're the President. You're not like someone's crazy uncle who can retweet whatever."

Back in August, Trump again claimed to not know anything about the group but added that they 'like me very much, which I appreciate'.

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have announced they will be cracking down on pages and accounts that proliferate QAnon content.

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Topics: News, US News, Donald Trump, Conspiracy Theory

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.