QAnon fans flock to Matt Gaetz's defense, despite claims of sexual misconduct - 2021-04-01

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F358.png QAnon fans flock to Matt Gaetz's defense, despite claims of sexual misconduct April 1, 2021, Zachary Petrizzo, Salon

Far-right QAnon belivers, while they claim to be against the sex trafficking of children, have quickly come to the defense of Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., following The New York Times report that the Department of Justice has opened an investigation over Gaetz's alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl whose travel expenses he paid.

QAnon supporters claim to believe in an event called "The Storm," scheduled for a constantly-receding future date, which would bring about mass arrests of Democrats who have taken part in the trafficking of children. There is absolutely no evidence to support any aspect of that belief. "While the Storm is at the center of the QAnon narrative, it's also flexible enough to fold in just anything that makes the news," Daily Beast reporter Will Sommer noted in a QAnon explainer.

"Anything to ruin a reputation and cast doubt," one QAnon support wrote on Telegram, following the news breaking about Gaetz on Tuesday night. "Set up. Got to love the crap they pull with these unarmed [sic] sources," another wrote. "This is a smear by [Nancy] Pelosi," added a different QAnon follower. "The left is trying really hard to get Gaetz out of Congress, sounds more like their [sic] panicking!!!" another penned in the large group chat of believers. "I believe Matt," QAnon fan Laura Miller wrote, adding, "He will weather the storm. 3 unnamed sources?? Can you say hearsay???"

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{{cite news | first = Zachary | last = Petrizzo | title = QAnon fans flock to Matt Gaetz's defense, despite claims of sexual misconduct | url = https://www.salon.com/2021/03/31/qanon-fans-flock-to-matt-gaetzs-defense-despite-claims-of-sexual-misconduct/ | work = Salon | date = April 1, 2021 | accessdate = April 11, 2021 }}