While President Donald Trump was reprimanded by some critics in the media who thought he did not sufficiently denounce the QAnon conspiracy group in recent remarks, Vice President Mike Pence is leaving no room for confusion.
In a pair of interviews this week, Pence flatly dismissed the loose collective of online adherents who promote unfounded conspiracies involving the nation’s political elite, as reported by Breitbart.
“I don’t know much about the movement”
QAnon has made headlines in recent days amid the rise of Republican officials who have expressed some level of support for the group’s supposed mission.
Marjorie Taylor Greene’s victory in the GOP primary race for Georgia’s 14th congressional district led to a renewed focus on a series of YouTube videos in which she openly backed QAnon. She has since stated that those remarks no longer represent her views.
Trump responded to a reporter’s question on Wednesday by insisting that he knew little about the group or its stated beliefs.
“I don’t know much about the movement other than I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate,” the president said. “But I don’t know much about the movement.”
His remarks were subsequently described as praise for the group in some news reports, prompting some prominent Republicans — including Pence — to speak out more decisively. In appearances on both CBS and CNN on Friday, he responded to questions about QAnon with unequivocal denunciation.
“I dismiss it out of hand”
“I don’t know anything about that conspiracy theory,” he said during an interview on CBS’ This Morning. “I don’t know anything about QAnon and I dismiss it out of hand.”
He echoed those remarks during a more contentious interview with CNN’s John Berman on New Day.
“You said the president seemed to embrace it,” Pence said of Berman’s depiction. “I didn’t hear that. I heard the president talk about he appreciates people that support him.”
The host pushed for a more definitive answer, prompting the vice president to reiterate that he does not know “anything about” QAnon and that “we dismiss conspiracy theories around here out of hand.”
Such a full-throated denunciation of this shady organization should be enough to put any remaining fears to rest.