On Oct. 15, President Trump was interviewed at length by NBC's Savannah Guthrie, covering a wide range of subjects in their town hall event. One subject, however, stood out above the others. What did Trump think about QAnon?
After asking the president, yet again, to denounce white supremacy groups, Guthrie then asked him to denounce QAnon, which she described as "this theory that Democrats are a satanic pedophile ring and that you are the savior of that."
He responded by saying that he knew very little about QAnon, to which Guthrie replied that she just explained it to him.
Trump answered, "I know very little. You told me, but what you tell me, doesn't necessarily make it fact. I hate to say that. I know nothing about it. I do know they are very much against pedophilia. They fight it very hard. But I know nothing about it. If you'd like me to—"
At this point, Guthrie interjected, "They believe that it is a satanic cult run by the deep state."
The testy exchange continued, with Trump emphasizing again, "Let me just tell you. What I do hear about it, is they are very strongly against pedophilia. And I agree with that. I mean, I do agree with that."
So, the one thing that Trump said he did know about was that QAnon strongly opposed pedophilia, which he did as well.
But could it be that QAnon is actually doing more harm than good when it comes to opposing pedophilia, in particular, the sex trafficking of children?
Before answering that question, let me cover a few basics about QAnon. Here's the fundamental theory in a nutshell.
As explained in The Wall Street Journal, "Followers believe that 'Q' is a high-ranking government insider, presumably with a military or intelligence background, committed to exposing the hidden truth of what they see as an international bureaucracy scheming against Mr. Trump and his supporters."
"Q" has been posting since October 2017, with complete anonymity.
As for QAnon itself, it is described as "a far right-wing, loosely organized network and community of believers who embrace a range of unsubstantiated beliefs. These views center around the idea that a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles—mainly consisting of what they see as elitist Democrats, politicians, journalists, entertainment moguls and other institutional figures—have long controlled much of the so-called 'deep state' government, which they say seeks to undermine President Trump, mostly with aid of media and entertainment outlets."
At the head of this international pedophile ring are people like former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, with the cooperation, of course, of the Democratic Party. Trump, on his part, works hand in hand with QAnon (all behind the scenes, of course), to expose and destroy this horrific evil.
The deeper you dig, the more bizarre it gets. (As I have learned in recent weeks.)
A few months ago, professor James Beverley, a respected research scholar and a Christian conservative, launched his own study of the QAnon controversy, looking for facts rather than come in with his preconceived ideas.
The more he studied, working with a team of fellow researchers, the more concerned he became, sharing some of his findings with me. We agreed that he should publish those findings in a book that could serve as the definitive, go-to guide for those wanting to know the truth about QAnon. And, with the book publishing process typically taking about one year from start to finish, we agreed that my ministry's own publishing imprint, EqualTime Books, would release the book as soon as it was completed.
On Monday, he joined me on the radio to discuss that just-published book, The QAnon Deception: Everything You Need to Know about the World's Most Dangerous Conspiracy Theory.
Not only was the content of the interview shocking, but some of the social media responses to the interview were shocking as well.
Beverley was instantly dismissed as an outright liar who was completely ignorant of the facts, and I was part of the deep state, seeking to cover up the truth.
How dare we question that Hillary Clinton was not only involved in sex trafficking but actually murdered and ate the children herself?
How dare we question that both the pope and the Dalai Lama were some of the global elites involved in this sex-trafficking scheme?
I kid you not.
There seemed to be no way to penetrate this conspiratorial fortress, since the more facts that were presented, the more confirmation that provided for the conspiracy. "That's how deep the cover-up is!"
It reminds me of a story involving one of my closest friends, Scott V.
He once received a call early in the morning, waking him out of a sound sleep.
When my friend answered the call, it was his elderly grandfather, who said, "Is this Walgreens? I need to renew my prescription."
Realizing that his grandfather had dialed the wrong number, my friend replied, "Grandpa, this is Scott. You called me by mistake."
His grandfather replied, "What are you doing at Walgreens?"
That's an illustration of what we're dealing with when we try to interact with QAnon believers. And that is why Beverley's new book identifies this as "the world's most dangerous conspiracy theory." It really is taking the world by storm, with followers identified in at least 100 nations.
What makes things all the more pathetic is that, while QAnon is absolutely right in standing against the very real, absolutely horrific, child-trafficking industry, QAnon's spreading of baseless conspiracy theories is actually undermining the work of those who are fighting against this evil.
During our interview, Beverley drew attention to an open letter signed by almost 100 organizations involved in fighting against sex trafficking. The letter, which is quoted in the book, said, "Anybody—political committee, public office holder, candidate or media outlet—who lends any credibility to QAnon conspiracies related to human trafficking actively harms the fight against human trafficking. Indeed, any political committee, candidate, public office holder or media that does not expressly condemn QAnon and actively debunk the lies should be held accountable."
And how did some QAnon believers respond to this open letter? According to Beverley, this was proof that these organizations had also been bought out by the deep state.
Put another way, "What are you doing at Walgreens?"
The universe can be turned upside down for the sake of QAnon, a deception as rampant as it is deep, and one that has drawn in many fine people with good intentions. May the Lord deliver them before they lose all touch with reality. And may child trafficking be exposed wherever it is found. It is a monstrous evil that must be stopped.
What a shame that QAnon appears to be making things worse.
Dr. Michael Brown (www.askdrbrown.org) is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. His latest book is Evangelicals at the Crossroads: Will We Pass the Trump Test? Connect with him on Facebook or Twitter, or YouTube.
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