QAnon, an utterly ludicrous conspiracy theory suggesting that there is a secretive group of sadistic cannibals behind world affairs, has recently grown in prominence on the right. Adherents of the kooky conspiracy theory believe that President Donald Trump is secretly fighting those cultish cannibals, a group which the internet rumor-based nonsense insists includes prominent Democrats. Although Trump declined to criticize the group when confronted about it at a White House press conference, Democratic presidential pick Joe Biden did the opposite on Friday. He quipped that folks who believe in the nonsense should possibly take advantage of mental health care options that are available under the Affordable Care Act.
As CNN’s Manu Raju reports, Biden told reporters:
‘I’ve been a big supporter of mental health. I’d recommend that people who believe maybe should take advantage while it still exists in the Affordable Care Act… Have you guys found that plane load of people in uniforms and weapons and flying around?’
Biden on QAnon believers: “I’ve been a big supporter of mental health. I’d recommend that people who believe maybe should take advantage while it still exists in the Affordable Care Act…Have you guys found that plane load of people in uniforms and weapons and flying around?”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 4, 2020
Check out Biden’s comments in the video below:
Biden’s reference to a plane full of people in uniforms with some sort of weapons hearkens back to a seemingly entirely baseless conspiracy theory that Trump himself peddled in a recent interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham. Trump claimed to the host that Biden is controlled by people in “the dark shadows” who “control the streets.” As evidence for his loony claims, he insisted that there’d recently been a plane with many passengers who were supposedly wearing black uniforms and carrying “gear.” Supposedly, the passengers were on their way to riot. It’s unclear what on earth the president is talking about. Did he forget that the TSA exists, which likely would have stopped nefarious “gear” from being toted on a plane at all?
"We had somebody get on a plane from a certain city this weekend, and in the plane it was almost completely loaded with thugs, wearing these dark uniforms, black uniforms, with gear and this and that. They're on a plane."
Trump says this is "under investigation right now." pic.twitter.com/UjBBvsBaU3
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) September 1, 2020
Meanwhile, when confronted about QAnon at a press conference in mid-August, Trump actually offered hesitant praise for the group. He said, in part:
‘I don’t know much about the movement, other than I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate… And I’ve heard these are people that love our country.’
In other words — he again seems to be seeing the world through one lens and one lens only: whether or not people like him enough. He’s a pathological narcissist, it seems.
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— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) September 1, 2020