Daily US Times: Peter Meijer, who was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for inciting violence at the US Capitol, has a warning for his party: He fears that baseless conspiracy theories like QAnon will destroy the Republican Party from within if Republicans do not decisively and unequivocally condemn the dangerous and false beliefs and take action to stop their spread.
The Republican rep. said that the fact that a significant plurality, if not potentially a majority, of our voters have been deceived into this creation of an alternate reality could very well be an existential threat to the party.
Frequently described as a virtual cult, far-right conspiracy group QAnon is a sprawling false and weired conspiracy theory that promotes the false and absurd claim that Trump has been locked in a battle against a shadowy cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles made up of prominent liberal celebrities and Democratic politicians.
Members of the violent pro-Trump supporter group that stormed the US Capitol had ties to QAnon, and in recent years, the conspiracy theory has made its way from online message boards into the political mainstream.
Peter Meijer said: “When we say QAnon, you have the sort of extreme forms, but you also just have this softer, gradual undermining of any shared, collective sense of truth.”
The Michigan freshman is far from the only Republican in Congress disturbed by the rise of QAnon, but he is one of a rare few willing to publicly and repeatedly denounce it.