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Day. Much of the attention has been on the presidential race, but on a vase looks at how conspiracy theory could make its way into the halls of Congress after the election. America's the greatest country in the world. On Tuesday, Marjorie Taylor Greene won the Republican runoff in Georgia's 14th Congressional District. I'm a conservative Republican. It's an overwhelmingly GOP district, so she's favored to win in November. We have an Islamic invasion into our government offices, but after politico uncovered greens, previous Islamophobic anti Semitic and racist remarks about black people GOP leaders distance themselves condemning her words as appalling, disgusting and bigoted. But Republican leaders remained largely silent about green support for a far right conspiracy very known as Q and on Support she professed in a 2017 video she deleted before her campaign launch. Q is a Patriot. He is someone that is very much loves his country, and he's on the same pages us and he is very pro Trump, okay? Q and on first emerged in the months after President Trump took office, starting on Fringe Internet message boards before spreading to social media. Adherents allege, among other things, that the president is the target of so called deep state actors, high ranking officials plotting against him. The conspiracy quickly took off and the president's supporters latched onto the mysterious Q. Signs and T shirts appeared at Trump's campaign rallies. Last year. The FBI labeled the movement a potential domestic terror threat. I stand with President Trump I stand with you and the team. Thank you and thank you patriots. But now Cuban on has firmly taken root in the 2020 campaign trail. Honestly, everything that I've heard of you I hope that I hope that this Israel some congressional candidates like Lauren Bober in Colorado promoted the conspiracy theory too friendly media outlets before later calling Q and on fake news, according to media matters. A left leaning watchdog group 20 candidates, all Republicans, except one independent with varying levels of support for Cuban on conspiracies. Have advanced to November's general election on now, Marjorie Taylor Green's name will be on the ballot as well. To look more closely at the rise and spread of the Q and on conspiracy on the campaign trail. I'm joined by Travis View, Co host of the Q Anon Anonymous podcast, Travis. Welcome to the news Hour. You have been following the cue and on conspiracy theory and followers for a very long time. Let's start with the basics, though. For those who haven't been just explain to us where And how did the cue and on conspiracy begin. The cure Non conspiracy theory originated on fortune in October of 2017 though, has its origins in in that Pete instigate. The basic premise is that a group of high level military intelligence officials close to President Trump followers believe Are sending out secret coded messages on these image boards about this great grand battle of good versus evil, in which Trump and the what they called the King team are working to destroy a global cabal of Satan worshipping pedophiles, which the Cuban on community believes is controlling everything, and that includes Politicians, entertainment in the media. And what is the endgame? If you or someone who believes in this conspiracy theory? What do you believe will happen? As a result of all this? The Cunard community is awaiting two big events. One of them is called One of them is called the store. And this is supposed to be a great master. The rest event in which over 100,000 people from the highest levels of power and entertainment are arrested and face a great day of reckoning. The other event of that they're waiting for us called the Great Awakening. And this is basically invented. Wish everyone realizes that one is right the whole time, and that would allow us to enter into a great grands new utopian age. Travis. What you've just laid out seems so obviously irrational that a lot of reasonable people might just dismiss it. And yet it has picked up really speed in recent years, right? I mean, it was reported just recently that Facebook found thousands of groups and pages with millions of followers and members supporting Cuban on. So what has helped to fuel this idea so well? You know, is a really appealing story. You happen to feel really disenfranchised And you want to believe that the world is about to change in a really important revolutionary way is also appealing because it allows the Cuban followers to believe that they can take part in this great grand revolutionary change. They think that they're basically conducting an information war by going on social media and posting it all means and then spreading these conspiracy theories. Help usher in this raid awaken, And so it sounds ludicrous and it is. But this story has love appeals and people who might otherwise feel like they have no voice in the political system. Travis. The fact that President Trump has been retweeting some of these conspiracy theories that congressional candidates are now saying that they support these ideas and are then winning, likely ending up in Congress was all of that say to you about the potency of this particular conspiracy there, E. Well, there is some historical precedent for a conspiratorial movement, getting a gaining a significant share of power away. Back In 18 33 there was a party called the Anti Masonic Party, which was dedicated to the proposition that the free Masons were controlling the world. And they gained 10% of the House of Representatives. You know, there's always been an undercurrent of Ah, conspiracy, thinking and paranoia in American politics, and occasionally it can rise up and actually get some actual signature. Political power. So this is just something we're seeing again. You mentioned the pizza Gate Conspiracy fairy back in 2016. We should mention that has not really gone away a tamp down a little bit, but it's resurfaced again recently. What happens with the cue and on conspiracy theory. Do you see a point at which this goes away? No. Absolutely not. No. This is something that has started very small a couple years ago, and that it has only accelerated and gained in popularity engaged to Steve. So if you go by the trajectory, I mean, this is something that will almost certainly be with us for at least a generation and probably longer. That is Travis Few co host of the Q and on anonymous podcast. Thanks so much, Travis. Thank you for having me..

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