Kinzinger sounds alarm over QAnon

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., sound­ing the alarm over “bad ac­tors like QAnon,” on Sun­day stepped up his cru­sade against con­spir­acy the­o­ries af­ter QAnon fol­lower Mar­jorie Taylor Greene won a Ge­or­gia Repub­li­can pri­mary last week and is poised to win a seat in Con­gress in the heav­ily GOP district.

QAnon-at-a-glance: The South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter, an or­ga­ni­za­tion fight­ing hate and ex­trem­ist groups, said the QAnon con­spir­acy the­ory “as­serts that pro-Trump forces will soon take down the so­called deep state.”

In May, Kinzinger, in a video ti­tled “Un­plug the Rage Ma­chine,” took a crack at warn­ing off peo­ple of base­less claims ped­dled by con­spir­acy the­o­rists.

Fol­low­ing the Greene nom­i­na­tion, Kinzinger said in part in a tweet, there is “no place in Con­gress for these con­spir­a­cies.” He fol­lowed up in a Sun­day video head­lined “What is QAnon” and in an in­ter­view with CNN’s “Re­li­able Sources” host Brian Stel­ter.

Kinzinger said on CNN, in try­ing to de­bunk a con­spir­acy the­ory with some­one, “You’re never go­ing to of­fend some­body over onto your side. You’re never go­ing to of­fend some­body away from some­thing that they be­lieve, in fact that em­bold­ens them.

“So I think it’s un­der­stand­ing that they’re still hu­man, and if you be­lieve in this con­spir­acy the­ory stuff, es­pe­cially QAnon, do some in­de­pen­dent re­search, there’s a lot of stuff de­bunk­ing it, in­clud­ing all the pre­dic­tions that didn’t come true. And now the new “Q” stuff reads like ba­si­cally a tarot card reader who gives you some­thing so vague that it will ab­so­lutely fit into some­thing that hap­pens in the next month.”

Kinzinger said the key is for Democrats and Repub­li­cans to de­nounce ex­trem­ism in their own party “be­cause that’s where it’s ef­fec­tive.”

Kinzinger rep­re­sents the 16th District just south of Chicago and lives in Chan­na­hon.

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