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Mary Ann Mendoza with President Trump at the White House in 2019. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Mary Ann Mendoza, who was scheduled to address the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, was pulled from the program hours before it began after she retweeted an anti-Semitic rant on Twitter, which has since been deleted.

Why it matters: Mendoza urged her more than 40,000 Twitter followers to investigate an alleged Jewish plot to enslave the world, linking to a thread of tweets from a QAnon conspiracy theorist, The Daily Beast first reported.

  • Mendoza was supposed to be at the GOP convention representing "angel moms," a term the president made popular among his base that denotes a mother whose child was killed by an undocumented immigrant.
  • Mendoza's son was killed in 2014 by a drunk driver who was living in the U.S. illegally.

What she's saying: After various media outlets covered her tweet, Mendoza deleted the thread and posted that she had "retweeted a very long thread earlier without reading every post within the thread."

  • "My apologies for not paying attention to the intent of the whole message. That does not reflect my feelings or personal thoughts whatsoever," she wrote.

Axios reached out to the Republican National Committee for comment and has not heard back.

Go deeper: QAnon's 2020 resurgence

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Lindsey Graham: "QAnon is bats--t crazy"

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Snapchat's "Good Luck America" that “QAnon is bats--t crazy," adding that he believes the conspiracy theory is "very much a threat."

The big picture: QAnon has grown increasingly popular in mainstream Republican politics, with multiple supporters winning congressional primaries — most notably Marjorie Taylor Greene, who is likely to enter the House after winning the GOP nomination in a deep-red Georgia district.

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FDA advisory panel endorses Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine for emergency use

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A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday recommended the authorization of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot coronavirus vaccine for emergency use.

Why it matters: The FDA is expected to make a final decision within days on the J&J vaccine, which was found to be 66% effective against moderate to severe COVID. An emergency use authorization would allow distribution to immediately begin, helping streamline and speed up the vaccine rollout across the U.S.

Dave Lawler, author of World
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Schiff: "Definitive" Khashoggi report sends clear message to Saudis

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The report released Friday on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was short on evidence or new information, but Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) tells Axios that the “definitive” statement assigning responsibility to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) speaks volumes.

What he’s saying: Schiff, the chairman of the House intelligence committee, says that while some intelligence couldn’t be published because of the need to protect sources and methods, “we rarely see something published that is this definitive and I think that's an important accomplishment for the administration.”

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