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President Trump on Wednesday offered measured praise for followers of QAnon, saying he’s not very familiar with the movement but that he believes its subscribers “love our country.”
In his most extensive comments about the movement to date, Trump repeatedly said he was not well versed in QAnon, but painted its supporters in a positive light.
“I don’t know much about the movement other than I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate. But I don’t know much about the movement,” he said at a press briefing.
“These are people that don’t like seeing what’s going on in places like Portland and places like Chicago and other cities and states,” Trump said. “I’ve heard these are people that love our country and they just don’t like seeing it. I don’t know really anything about it other than they do supposedly like me. And they also would like to see problems in these areas… go away.”
A reporter attempted to explain to the president that QAnon is a conspiracy theory that posits that Trump and his allies are working together to expose and arrest an underground cabal of global elites who control the government and run child sex trafficking rings.
“Well, I haven’t heard that, but is that supposed to be a bad thing or a good?” Trump replied. “If I can help save the world from problems, I’m willing to do it. I’m willing to put myself out there.”