Donald Trump said he didn't know anything about QAnon during Thursday’s NBC town hall.
QAnon are a false conspiracy theory that Democrats are part of a global pedophile ring. The president first praised them for opposing pedophilia before saying he knew nothing about the movement.
"Can you just once and for all state that this is not true and disavow QAnon in its entirety?" Moderator Savannah Guthrie asked.
"I know nothing about QAnon, I know very little," Trump said.
"I just told you," Guthrie replied.
"You told me, but what you told me doesn't necessarily make it fact, I hate to say that," Mr. Trump said. "I know nothing about it, I do know they are very much against pedophilia, they fight it very hard. But I know nothing about it."
"They believe it is a satanic cult run by the deep state," Guthrie cut in.
Mr. Trump said what he does know about is "antifa and the radical left."
Guthrie cut in again, telling Mr. Trump: "Republican Senator Ben Sasse said, 'QAnon is nuts and real leaders call conspiracy theories conspiracy theories.'"
"Why not just say it's not true?" Guthrie pressed.
"He may be right, I just don't know about QAnon," Trump replied.
"You do know," Guthrie rebutted.
Mr. Trump then insisted he doesn't know and told Guthrie to continue her questioning. "What I do hear about [QAnon] is that they're very strong against pedophila, and I agree with that," he continued.
When Guthrie pressed him again, Mr. Trump again said he does not know about the QAnon theories.
According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), "QAnon is a wide-reaching conspiracy theory popular among a range of right-wing extremists and even some public supporters of President Trump." The group first surfaced on 4chan in 2017 and adherents follow "the anonymous Q."
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