A “Meet The Press” panel on Sunday discussed why President Trump hasn’t spoken out about QAnon, the conspiracy group that has been getting a lot of attention from the media this week after several members showed up at a Trump rally holding various “Q” signs in Florida.
NBC News political analyst and Washington Post reporter Robert Costa was asked by host Chuck Todd about the conspiracy group.
“The president, himself, has believed in conspiracies before. His political career was very much launched on how he came onto that birtherism with President Obama,” Costa said. “But there’s not really an expectation inside of this White House that the president’s going to somehow speak out on QAnon. People inside of the president’s inner circle, they see the ‘Q’ signs as much as anybody in the press pen sees those ‘Q’ signs. But they believe this is the Republican base. This is the Trump base. They have a deep suspicion of the deep state.”
Todd directed his next question to Republican strategist Al Cardenas, saying, “This is the Republican base. Are you concerned?”
Cardenas replied, “Of course. Look, I’ve lived through this group of people who believe that the moon landing was filmed in a studio somewhere. And we all remember also how our government kept a place in Nevada where all the aliens were incarcerated. But, you know, a lot of people now actually believe that these are actual people in government. This is very different. Now, it’s people in government undermining the country. And by them not denying this at the higher levels of the administration, it gives a credibility that further feeds off the idea that government is not to be trusted.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked about QAnon during her press briefing on Wednesday. (RELATED: Who Or What Is QAnon? [VIDEO])
Sanders was asked, “Does the president encourage the support of people who showed up last night in these ‘QAnon’ and ‘Blacks for Trump’ fringe groups?”
Sanders responded, “The President condemns and denounces any group that would incite violence against another individual, and certainly doesn’t support groups that would promote that type of behavior.”