Speaking on behalf of US President Donald Trump, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany spoke out against the QAnon conspiracy theory movement, stating that Trump does not support it. McEnany made her remarks during a press conference on Thursday.
McEnany’s remarks follow a Q&A session with the President on Wednesday, when reporters asked Trump to characterize QAnon, a collective of conspiracy theorists who believe that President Trump and his team at the White House are actively working behind the scenes to dismantle an elite group of pedophiles in positions of authority.
“I don’t know much about the movement other than I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate,” Trump said. “But I don’t know much about the movement — I have heard that it is gaining in popularity and from what I hear, these are people that, when they watch the streets of Portland, when they watch what happened in New York City in just the last six or seven months … these are people that don’t like seeing what’s going on in places like Portland, and places like Chicago and New York … and I’ve heard that these are people who love our country and they just don’t like seeing it.”
Speaking to Fox News, McEnany reiterated her clarification of Trump’s position.
“What the president is doing is working for the American people,” said McEnany. “I’ve never heard the president mention it. I talk to him oftentimes ten times a day. Not once have I heard him mention this group. The media talks about and asks about it, but this president’s focused on the pandemic that he’s navigating a historic response for, a V-shape recovery as the economy gets back to work.”
McEnany stated that when Trump was referring to people who “love our country,” he was “talking about his supporters,” not the QAnon movement.
“He believes his supporters are good, hard-working people that love this country,” she said. “He’s not in the business of ‘basket of deplorable’ politics. He doesn’t talk about QAnon. He doesn’t think about it.”
“He has not at all looked into who QAnon is,” she said.
McEnany described QAnon as “some group on the internet … that the media tends to focus on far more than we believe is merited.”