President Donald Trump on Wednesday tentatively praised adherents of the QAnon conspiracy theory movement, thrilling followers of a crowd the FBI has described as a domestic terror threat with what they saw as new encouragement from the White House.
The remarks came just hours after Facebook deleted hundreds of QAnon groups from its platform—where the conspiracy has long thrived—because it had “demonstrated significant risks to public safety.”
When a reporter pressed the president about the movement’s false belief that he is “secretly saving the world from this satanic cult of pedophiles and cannibals,” Trump instead played coy and even seemed to affirm the bogus QAnon belief that he’s leading a shadowy war against his child-molesting enemies.
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