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Malinowski resolution takes on QAnon

Congressman: ‘Conspiracy theories that falsely blame secret cabals and marginalized groups for the problems of society have long fueled prejudice, violence and terrorism’

By David Wildstein, August 25 2020 11:56 am

A resolution introduced today by Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) asks the U.S. House of Representatives to condemn QAnon, a movement he says promotes a compilation of unfounded conspiracy theories on the internet.

His co-sponsor is Rep. Denver Riggleman, a Virginia Republican who lost party support for re-election at a drive-by convention earlier this year.

“Conspiracy theories that falsely blame secret cabals and marginalized groups for the problems of society have long fueled prejudice, violence and terrorism” said Malinowski, a freshman New Jersey Democrat.  “It’s time for us to come together across party lines to say that QAnon has no place in our nation’s political discourse.”

According to Malinowski, QAnon initially claimed that prominent U.S. politicians are using their power to exploit children and he said the Federal Bureau of Investigation suggested that “fringe conspiracy theories…  “very likely motivate some domestic extremists, wholly or in part, to engage in criminal or violent activity.”

Malinowski’s measure encourages the FBI and other federal law enforcement to expand their focus on preventing violence, threat and harassment by extremists who advocate fringe political theories.

“QAnon and the conspiracy theories it promotes are a danger and a threat that has no place in our country’s politics,” Riggleman said. “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.”

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