At a town hall on Thursday evening, President Donald Trump absolutely refused to denounce the dangerous, cult-like QAnon conspiracy theory.
“Let me ask you about QAnon: It is this theory that Democrats are a satanic pedophile ring and that you are the savior of that,” NBC News’ host Savannah Guthrie said to Trump. “Can you just once and for all just state that that is completely not true?”
Trump repeatedly refused to denounce the unfounded conspiracy theory.
“I know nothing about QAnon,” he said. “I do know they are very much against pedophilia. They fight it very hard. But I know nothing about it.”
The president then went on a rant about Antifa, saying he did know about them. Guthrie then mentioned that even Republican Sen. Ben Sasse said QAnon was a “nuts” conspiracy theory and that real leaders would acknowledge that.
“He may be right, I just don’t know about QAnon,” Trump insisted.
Guthrie pressed Trump bringing up the fact that he retweeted a baseless QAnon conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama had Navy SEALs killed over some strange plot involving an Osama bin Laden body double.
“That was a retweet,” Trump said. “That was an opinion of somebody and that was a retweet. I’ll put it out there.”
Guthrie wasn’t having it.
“I don’t get that,” she said. “You’re the president. You’re not like someone’s crazy uncle who can just retweet whatever.”