GOP Rep Pushes QAnon Theory That British Agents Conspired with Democrats in Coup Attempt Against Trump

GOP Rep Pushes QAnon Theory That British Agents Conspired with Democrats in Coup Attempt Against Trump

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) likely threw a few people into a frenzy on Monday afternoon by tweeting out a conspiracy theory that sounds as if it might be a mashup of Christopher Buckley and Lyndon LaRouche:

Gosar, a congressman so dangerously far to the right that his own siblings endorsed his Democratic opponent in 2018, seems to have fallen for the QAnon conspiracy rather hard. At the very least, as his own tweet says, he’d like to see someone, presumably the government, look into this nuttiness:

Will Sommer of The Daily Beast adds some more context:

Gosar is one of the nuttier backbenchers in the GOP House caucus, but any QAnon talking point leaching its way into the congressional consciousness is cause for concern, as the FBI and other researchers believe the conspiracy theory’s spread online encourages dangerous extremism.

Efforts to reach Rep. Gosar’s office on Monday to ask about his belief in QAnon were unsuccessful.

Gary Legum

Gary Legum has written about politics and culture for Independent Journal Review, Salon, The Daily Beast, Wonkette, AlterNet and McSweeney's, among others. He currently lives in his native state of Virginia.