Trump repeatedly refuses to disavow QAnon: "They are very much against pedophilia" - 2020-10-15
About 10 minutes into President Trump's town hall Thursday night in Miami, NBC News' Savannah Guthrie asked him a fairly straightforward question about QAnon, the right-wing conspiracy which, as my colleague Ali Breland has explained, "postulates that President Donald Trump is on the verge of arresting a throng of liberal elites for facilitating and participating in a sprawling child sex ring."
Trump has retweeted QAnon supporters in the past, praised a high-profile QAnon believer in her campaign for Congress, and just this week shared a Q-adjacent conspiracy that Osama bin Laden is still alive and Navy SEALs had killed a body double instead. (Read that last clause again.) When asked about QAnon in the past, Trump has demurred, saying, "I've heard these are people that love our country" but "I don't know really anything about it other than they do supposedly like me."
One can imagine a world where a very busy president who doesn't spend a lot of time online might, at one point, not have known about QAnon. It is harder to accept that was ever the case with the most online president in American history. It is harder still to accept after he was asked about it and then spent several months amplifying it. At this point, the feigned ignorance is a statement, and Guthrie, by drilling down on it, forced Trump into a painful and deeply revealing exchange.