Here are the QAnon supporters running for Congress in 2020 - 2020-01-07

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F0.png Here are the QAnon supporters running for Congress in 2020 January 7, 2020, Alex Kaplan, Media Matters

Multiple supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory, which got its start on far-right message boards, ran for Congress in 2020.

The conspiracy theory, which revolves around an anonymous account known as "Q," started on far-right message board site 4chan, later moving to fellow far-right message board site 8chan, which has since relaunched as 8kun. (Beyond the QAnon conspiracy theory, 8chan/8kun has been linked to multiple instances of white supremacist terrorism, including the 2019 massacre in El Paso, Texas.)

The "Q" account's claim -- and the conspiracy theory's premise -- is that President Donald Trump was working with then-special counsel Robert Mueller to take down the president's perceived enemies, the "deep state," and pedophiles. Multiple adherents to the conspiracy theory have been tied to acts of violence, including multiple murders and attempted kidnappings, and an FBI field office released a memo in May 2019 that listed QAnon as a potential domestic terrorism threat.

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | first = Alex | last = Kaplan | title = Here are the QAnon supporters running for Congress in 2020 | url = https://www.mediamatters.org/qanon-conspiracy-theory/here-are-qanon-supporters-running-congress-2020 | work = Media Matters | date = January 7, 2020 | accessdate = April 11, 2021 }}