Wisconsin Representative Votes Against Condemning QAnon
Other Wisconsin republicans joined Democrats to condemn the conspiracists.
On a vote of 371 to 18, The House Friday to condemn QAnon, a far-right, pro-Trump conspiracy theory group that has dispersed misinformation about COVID-19 and believe the enemies of President Donald Trump are a “deep-state,” satan-worshiping, child-sex-trafficking cannibals that include Democrats and media. The movement has been identified by the FBI as a potential domestic terrorist threat.
Among the 18 representatives voting against condemning the group “and rejecting the conspiracy theories it promotes” was Wisconsin Republican Rep. Tom Tiffany, who won the northern Wisconsin seat formerly held by Sean Duffy in a special election earlier this year.
Last month Trump commended the group, promoting them — despite their baseless conspiracy theories and FBI red flags — as “people that love our country.” He has also backed and retweeted them on Twitter.
Tiffany had no press release or social media posts explaining why he opposed the measure. But his Democratic opponent, Tricia Zunker, seized on the opportunity to respond to his outlier vote.
“Conspiracy theories and movements like QAnon dehumanize citizens, incite violence and threaten our democratic institutions,” said Zunker in a statement. “Rep. Tom Tiffany is so extreme that he won’t join his own party leaders in condemning this dangerous conspiracy theory and the violence it promotes. The message is clear: Rep. Tiffany is standing up for QAnon in Congress; he is not standing up for the people of Wisconsin. This is a total failure of leadership. I unequivocally condemn all conspiracy theories and movements that seek to hurt our citizens, damage property and threaten our democratic institutions.”
Reprinted with permission of Wisconsin Examiner.
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