Aug 20, 2020 - Politics & Policy
GOP Rep. Liz Cheney calls QAnon "dangerous lunacy"
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) on Thursday became the highest-ranking House Republican to condemn the QAnon conspiracy theory, calling it "dangerous lunacy that should have no place in American politics," per Politico's Melanie Zanona.
Driving the news: President Trump said on Wednesday that while he does not know much about QAnon, he understands its supporters "like me very much" and that they "love America."
Why it matters: Few high-ranking Republicans have spoken out against the baseless conspiracy theory.
- QAnon falsely alleges that a powerful cabal of sex traffickers within the "deep state" is engaged in a global fight to take down Trump.
Of note: Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Jeb Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida, have slammed Trump for his remarks on QAnon.
- In a virtual interview on Wednesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said "I do not agree with [QAnon's] beliefs at all," when asked about incoming Republican nominee for Georgia's 14th Congressional District Marjorie Taylor Greene.