A bipartisan resolution was introduced to the House on Tuesday, condemning QAnon as a dangerous, anti-Semitic group that threatens America’s domestic security.
Tom Malinowski, a House Democrat representing New Jersey’s seventh district, and Denver Riggleman, a House Republican representing Virginia’s fifth district, joined forces to introduce the resolution.
Both House members announced the resolution on Twitter, calling internet sensation QAnon and its followers a “dangerous, anti-Semitic, conspiracy-mongering cult” and calling all Americans to “exclude them and other extreme conspiracy theories from the national discourse”:
QAnon and the conspiracy theories it promotes are a danger and a threat that has no place in our country's politics. I condemn this movement and urge all Americans to join me in taking this step to exclude them and other extreme conspiracy theories from the national discourse. https://t.co/g10c1XGsWo
— Denver Riggleman (@RepRiggleman) August 25, 2020
A resolution passed through the House does not establish any type of binding law. Rather, it acts as an official statement of the House’s collection beliefs or positions on a particular issue.
The resolution draft cites many acts of violence and crime it believes can be traced to QAnon and other conspiratorial beliefs, including one man arrested in California who had been plotting an explosive attack on the Illinois Capitol to bring attention to the Pizzagate theory, which posits that Democrats and other high-powered officials utilize restaurants to run sex trafficking rings.
QAnon is a conspiracy theory that has been gaining in popularity since 2017. An anonymous source claiming to have high-level security clearance in the U.S. government regularly posts to the internet “updates” on what is happening behind the scenes of our governmental institutions.
The theory goes that there is a vast network of politicians (typically Democrats) and other high-powered “elites” in the country engaged in Satanic worship and sex trafficking. The theory further posits that President Trump is active in trying to dismantle the network.
The theory has gained many followers and critics. Recently, when asked about the growing conspiratorial trend, Trump said that while he didn’t know much about it that it seems the QAnon followers “like me very much”.
Vice President Mike Pence was also asked about the online community by CNN’s John Berman. “Honestly, John, I don’t know anything about that,” Pence responded. “I have heard about it. We dismiss conspiracy theories around here out of hand.”
Other politicians have been openly critical of the movement as well, like the Republican Representative from Illinois, Adam Kinzinger:
Qanon is a fabrication. This “insider” has predicted so much incorrectly (but people don’t remember PAST predictions) so now has switched to vague generalities. Could be Russian propaganda or a basement dweller. Regardless, no place in Congress for these conspiracies.
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) August 12, 2020
The FBI has listed QAnon – among other fringe conspiracy theories – as a domestic terror threat.
Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, told CNN that the QAnon threat “is not one that rises to a significant level” in comparison with the many threats America is currently facing. However, he did affirm the FBI’s assessment of the movement.
The House resolution condemns the QAnon theories, encourages the FBI to continue its efforts to curb any violent actions planned by anyone inspired by the theories, and “urges all Americans…to seek information from authoritative sources, and to engage in political debate from a common factual foundation.”