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A man linked to the QAnon conspiracy movement candidate for the US Congress

2021-10-15T20:52:10.709Z

The administrator of a website that many consider linked to the pro-Trump movement and QAnon conspirator declared himself a candidate on Thursday ...



The administrator of a website that many consider linked to the pro-Trump movement and conspirator QAnon declared himself a Republican candidate on Thursday to become Arizona's representative in the US Congress.

Ron Watkins announced in a video posted via Telegram on Thursday that he would seek a seat in the House of Representatives, currently occupied by a Democrat, in the election to be held in 2022.

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Echoing Donald Trump's baseless allegations about the 2020 presidential election, Ron Watkins has presented voter fraud as a key issue.

“President Trump had his election stolen, not just in Arizona, but other states as well,”

he said.

"We must now lead this fight in Washington, to vote against all the dirty democrats who stole our republic."

Ron Watkins and his father Jim ran the controversial 8chan forum, now called 8kun, used by the far right.

In 2017, mysterious anonymous messages from a certain "Q" were published there, evoking various conspiracy theories. Over the years, what has become the QAnon movement has convinced more and more Americans, and the FBI last year claimed to be monitoring this far-right group, seen as potentially dangerous. The followers of these theories are particularly convinced that a secret cabal in Washington seeks to harm Donald Trump, and believed to receive confidential information and encouragement from the entourage of the former president.

The identity of "Q" remains a secret, but many believe it was in fact the Watkins.

"Q" stopped posting in December, after Trump's defeat and as Ron Watkins got involved in the billionaire's campaign to prove the election's fraudulent nature - a claim unsupported by any evidence.

The QAnon movement ran out of steam, but some followers participated in the violent attack on Congress on January 6, and Republicans who had supported the group won seats in Congress.

About 40 people who supported or approved QAnon's theories are running for Congress in the 2022 election, according to the Media Matters Observatory.

Source: lefigaro

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