White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany addressed recent media buzz on Thursday, stating that she has never heard Trump mention the QAnon conspiracy theory.
Last week, Trump sent the media into a tizzy after he stated he appreciated the support he gets from some followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory. Trump also stated that he did not know very much about the group. But the media ran with it, with headlines claiming that “Trump embraced QAnon.”
With multiple Republicans coming forward to disavow the group and media playing it up as though Trump is a card-carrying member, McEnany did her best to quash this issue once and for all.
“The media talks a lot about this so-called QAnon. I’ve never heard the president mention it,” McEnany stated on Thursday, according to Politico.
“I talk to him oftentimes 10 times a day. Not once have I heard him mention this group. The media can focus on QAnon, but this president is focused on the American people,” she added.
As QAnon, which has been labeled as a domestic terror threat by the FBI, gains notoriety, other members of the Trump administration have spoken out against it.
On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence stated, “I dismiss conspiracy theorists out of hand,” when CNN’s John Berman asked him to denounce it.
“I said it’s a conspiracy theory, I don’t have time for it, I don’t know anything about it,” he added. “And honestly, John, I get it. I mean, I get that the media, particularly CNN chases after shiny objects.”
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) have all spoken against QAnon recently. “QAnon is a dangerous lunacy that should have no place in American politics,” Cheney said on Thursday.
“QAnon is nuts — and real leaders call conspiracy theories conspiracy theories,” Sasse told the Washington Post on Thursday. “If Democrats take the Senate, blow up the filibuster, and pack the Supreme Court–garbage like this will be a big part of why they won.”
White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley called the theory “junk” during a recent podcast interview, Politico reported. Asked by Clay Aiken whether Trump believes QAnon theories, Gidley stated, “Oh, gosh, no. I don’t even know that he and I have spoken about it at length other than to say it‘s junk.”
He later added, “I don’t really know anything about QAnon, other than it’s a bunch of junk. I mean, look, that’s not what this campaign is about.”