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    January 12, 2021
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    Activists who caused mayhem trying to crash the joint session of Congress last week –- tragically leading to one shooting death and several other fatalities, including one policeman –- have been characterized in news reports as right-wing conspiracy theorists who identify with such groups as QAnon. It’s not the first time Trump supporters have been reportedly associated with QAnon, and when this came up once before, some readers wrote and asked us, “What is QAnon?”

    Heck if I knew. Seriously, we had no idea. And those readers must not have known, either, or they wouldn’t have asked us. Judging from typical news accounts, though, Trump supporters are deep into this and other wild conspiracy theories, like the crazy belief that some people actually commit election fraud. Of course we know that’s nonsense, especially when applied to the 2020 election, which we’ve been assured was the most accurate and secure election in our nation’s history and that’s good enough for us. (Sarcasm alert.)

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    And since news accounts are known for giving such keen and insightful depictions of Trump supporters –- how we think, what motivates us, what we like to buy at Walmart and order at the Olive Garden –- we were frankly a little embarrassed at our ignorance about QAnon. What kind of self-respecting Trump supporters were we, not even knowing what it was, let alone not believing whatever it was they were putting out there? So we did a little very basic research and tackled the question briefly in a months-old newsletter.

    After the Capitol Hill riot last week, the topic of QAnon came up again, in a particularly sad context: Ashli Babbitt, the woman who was killed by a Capitol Hill officer inside the building, reportedly at least looked into it herself.

    Here’s how the AP put it: “Her Twitter account promoted mainstream conservative views but also included references to the QAnon conspiracy theory, which centers on the baseless belief that Trump had been secretly fighting deep state enemies and a cabal of Satan-worshiping cannibals operating a child sex trafficking ring.”

    Well, they kind of had us at “deep state enemies” but lost us at “Satan-worshiping cannibals.”

    Please understand, we strongly condemn the foolish and destructive actions at the Capitol. Everyone involved should be ashamed of what they did and those who disobeyed Capitol Police, vandalized the building and led to the death and destruction should be prosecuted as fully as we called for that to happen to the Antifa and BLM rioters last summer. Their actions helped Trump’s adversaries wrongly paint the President and ALL his supporters as insurrectionists and even seditionists, giving the left an excuse to crush our civil rights, which they are now doing. Still, the AP report about Babbitt reads mostly like a hit piece, especially jarring since the woman had been killed just the day before. It includes a couple of nice remarks from her ex-husband Aaron, but otherwise paints her as a nutty Trump supporter who believed all those crazy things about the election and tweeted about gun rights and illegal immigration.

    According to the AP report, “Babbitt, an Air Force veteran who identified as a Libertarian and supporter of the 2nd Amendment, frequently posted unsubstantiated views about election fraud by the President and his most extreme supporters –- activists whose conspiracy theories and unflinching support for Trump have attracted large numbers of online followers.”

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    Babbitt was once charged with road rage, it says, but acquitted. She reportedly supported a recall drive against California Gov. Gavin Newsome, which is at least one testament to sanity and good judgment.

    Again quoting from AP: “Brian Levin, Director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, said Babbitt will be remembered as a martyr by people with a wide range of grievances spanning from disbelief in the seriousness of the pandemic to beliefs in QAnon conspiracy theories.

    “‘When you have people in an alternate universe, they will take a catalytic event and spin it in a way that is most appealing to their emotions and fears, irrespective of what the facts may end up showing,’ he said.”

    Well, isn’t that special. I get the impression that to such a condescending person, gun rights and legal immigration –- and Trump support –- are right up there with a cannibalistic sex trafficking ring as crazy things to believe in. And many on the left eagerly lump us all into that same alternate universe.

    I’d also say that anything called the “Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism” might want to focus just a little attention on the hate and extremism coming from the left, along with those wild conspiracy theories about Trump and Putin and Russian prostitutes. Bet they won’t, though. Because those examples are perfectly normal.

    Another report, this from the AIR FORCE TIMES, refers to Babbitt as an “adherent" of QAnon.

    Incidentally, this report tells us that Babbitt “was part of a mob that, after being incited by President Trump’s fraudulent claims of a stolen election, overran barricades and stormed Congress...” Hold on --- one timeline of events suggests the mob could not have been listening to Trump’s speech and get there in time to cause the chaos at the Capitol when it took place. We're checking into this, but It appears these people might not have even heard Trump speak, so I’m curious to know how he “incited” them.

    Also, the event they were interrupting was an attempt by Republicans in Congress to present their evidence, which thanks to their idiocy, was not presented and never will be.

    Apparently, Babbitt had posted a photo of herself in a “QAnon” shirt. We wish we could tell you more about this group, but we –- like most Trump supporters –- are just not into that. When President Trump was asked about it by incredibly rude town hall host Savannah Guthrie last year, he said he didn’t know anything about it. “I just don’t know about QAnon,” he said.

    Guthrie argued with him (!), as she did repeatedly throughout the interview. “You do know,” she said.

    He insisted he did not. Then he said they were against pedophilia, but it seems he was confused and really talking about Antifa. Apparently, even President Trump didn’t know what QAnon is, or had only a vague idea.

    Here’s what the NEW YORK POST said about QAnon in a comprehensive report last October.

    QAnon was supposedly named for “Q,” a shadowy figure who remains anonymous. But if some of those people who stormed the Capitol and dashed conservative hopes are members of QAnon, I say the “Q” should really stand for “Quixote,” as in Don Quixote, who famously tilted at windmills.

    From this we get the word “quixotic,” which means “foolishly impractical, especially in the pursuit of lofty ideals.” Also, “Having or showing ideas that are different and unusual but not practical or likely to succeed.” That foolhardiness and its tragic end are all the “Q” represents to me.

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    • Carol Bradshaw

      01/13/2021 07:29 AM

      God help us and God help our Country

    • STEPHEN PLACE

      01/13/2021 06:14 AM

      Your Excellency,
      Mark Twain once said, "The best thing about telling the truth is, you don't have to remember what you said".
      Perhaps, you could have a daily summary of falsehoods spewed by the Dark Media. This would keep us informed and give us good armor when discussing why we support truth and justice. Please continue to pray through Psalm 59 inserting "we" and "us" where appropriate.
      In Christ Steve Place 508.326.5457

    • Carol Landmann

      01/12/2021 11:43 PM

      Tonight on the news, they said the FBI in Virginia got a message about a mob or riot or something planned on Wednesday for the capitol. They alerted the DC FBI. My question is, if the FBI knew about it the day before, it was already planned. It wasn't caused by Trump "inciting" his supporters! Why didn't someone in the FBI, either in DC or Virginia, come out and stand up for Trump and tell people the truth---that the riot wasn't Trump's fault? He didn't incite it---it was already planned!

    • Nancy R. Evans

      01/12/2021 11:16 PM

      I am so heartbroken over the election results. And, I do not believe those who stormed the Capitol were Trump followers. We are a people of law and order. What happened just does not make any sense. I am still confused about QAnon. Who would want to cannibalize children or worship Satan? I believe the true Satan followers are those in power who crave the destruction of our Nation, our Constitution and our freedoms. Now that they are in control, God will turn from us and we will be facing horrible occurrences for a long time. I am so sorry for President Trump, who most bravely, endured all the horrors which were assaulted upon him.

    • Alice Landolt

      01/12/2021 11:15 PM

      Check with Grant Stinchfield of Newsmax. He had somebody on who had a good timeline showing when the rioting began and when Trump was speaking. There's no way, according to the timeline, that they could have heard Trump speak.

    • Robert A. Stringer

      01/12/2021 10:50 PM

      We some how have to fight this communism take over . But how the supreme court did nothing .

    • Donna Beckstein

      01/12/2021 10:48 PM

      The vast majority of people at the capitol were there to peacefully protest the theft of the election. Elderly people and children were tear gassed. Who is going to bring their children to an insurrection? How come only one person was shot - and that by the police? It’s my understanding that there were 2 heart attacks, one stroke, a severely injured police officer in addition to the woman who was shot and killed and some pipe bombs that were not used. I condemn the violence of the few. Don’t tar everyone else who happened to be there with the same brush. Nancy Pelosi was saying Trump incited violence. I heard the speech and it may have had harsh truths but it certainly did not incite violence. Seems it doesn’t take much to make Pelosi rip her paper apart!

    • Nancy McNeely

      01/12/2021 10:31 PM

      This is the second time I am writing this message to you. It appears that my thoughts did not go through properly due to my wrong email address.
      I place my Christmas electric candle on my windowsill ... turned on to the light... all evening until daylight. I do this because I want to show others that we are the Light in the world. This gives us Hope to combat the darkness in our nation... the world. This also represents my faith.. my belief in Jesus. In this way... it can show others that this Light which shines in the darkness is a pathway to Him... Our Lord is the answer to all these shavings taking place right now. So let your Light Shine.
      Nancy McNeely

    • Tanya Amant

      01/12/2021 10:29 PM

      I have no clue what Quanon is. I looked it up once on Wikipedia and it said something about John F. Kennedy Jr still being alive and was going to save the world with Trump's help. It sounded looney to me when I read it so I didn't want to know anything more. Crazy to say the very least.

      Whoever broke through the Capital and did what they did ruined the peaceful name of Trump supporters everywhere and they did harm to the president as well. Maybe it was their goal. I don't know, but they did a good job of making fools of themselves.

    • Linda Keen

      01/12/2021 10:28 PM

      Just wanted you to know that I am one of the Trump supporters that Facebook has censored. I am in facebook jail for thirty days because my opinion was that the ones breaking in were part of antifia. In order to do what they did climbing those walls takes people that are trained not ordinary people that support President Trump. I will be leaving Facebook as soon as I figure out where most of my cousins are moving to. It is a shame that a company like this is allowed to censor someone because they do not agree with their side. My sister in law is very ill and may pass away at any time and I cannot talk to my family on face book or request prayers for her. I think that I have been dealt a terrible injustice like the other Trump supporters. No Big Tech should be allowed to do this. What makes them think they are correct all of the time? If the FCC regulates these companies, why are they not doing anything to stop this injustice? Because they have Big Money they think they can do anything they please. One day we will all be equal and be Judged by a righteous Judge, I hope they get forgiveness for their evil before they leave this world.

    • Rita L. Randolph

      01/12/2021 10:27 PM

      Actually, I follow the Q postings. I don't believe all he, or she, writes. In fact, he said early on that there would be disinformation mixed in. Truth is, he has given a lot of info that has to be from someone "in the know." Look, the Fake News has put a lot of time and effort into discrediting Q, so if he's just a LARP like they say, why are THEY making it a big deal? Makes me think maybe Q IS for real. In reality, there is no one called Qanon. There is Q, and the website he posts on there are anons(all anonymous). So Fake News got it wrong again, as usual. So far, there are over 4500 postings from Q. Maybe 100-200 concern pedos, cannabalism, and human trafficking. Most are about corruption in our gov't. Q also asks the anons to look into certain topics, all open source(no hacking allowed!). The anons are part of the digital army General Flynn has spoken of. They dig into business' Boards(like Dominion), the people, their families, etc. The anons know the messages by them are monitored by both sides, and the site itself gets DDoS'ed often, when they are "over a target." If a good person read the Q postings with an open mind, it wouldn't take long to see that Q is on to something. It took me about a month of reading the Q posts for me to mostly trust what he was saying. Plus, there are lots of "Q proofs" to show that he is one in the know. That is a certainty. Remember POTUS saying at Easter(2017?) that the WH is in tippy top shape? That was a request by an anon, so Q could prove he has PDJT's ear. Affirmative. In fact, I think PDJT is Q. I'm wrong a lot so don't bet on that!

    • Melanie Weekes

      01/12/2021 10:08 PM

      I can't believe you addressed this right now, I literally, just finished trying to look up what the heck QAnon was.. it sound very crazy and far-fetched, so I do not doubt that the president knew nothing about it. I'm a huge conservative and Trump supporter and I had no clue about this. I did hear rumblings about conspiracies regarding big name pedophiles and the military arresting people, blah blah blah.

    • Ed Thompson

      01/12/2021 09:43 PM

      Just saying I have repeatedly tried to send comments to NEWS MAX using the Newsmaxtv.com as advertised during broadcasts and it doesn’t work! Why? Google?? Apple?? I’ve tried everything but nothing goes through. — let he who is without sin cast the first stone— The democraps are opening a can of worms they will regret!! Four years of silence about riots and looting and total takeover of city blocks yet a man who has done nothing but his best FOR AMERICA, not TO America, has been repeatedly attacked and accused of being a traitor and in collusion with our enemies-/ four years of constant political attacks endured by him and personal attacks on his friends and family members, still trying to do right for America, not one day of peace or recognition of achievements— four years of constant ridicule— by the so called “party of acceptance— tolerance— understanding——- party of total hypocrites! God Bless Donald Trump for everything you have done FOR AMERICA! Thank you sir for everything. Come back please.

    • Suzanne Galipeault

      01/12/2021 09:22 PM

      Your eloquence makes it a pleasure to read you although your story is sad.

    • phyllis w Jost

      01/12/2021 09:19 PM

      Why are the majority of the people at the march who did nothing wrong being ignored?

    • JanC

      01/12/2021 08:38 PM

      Exactly!!! No one knows about it but the Democrats!! Because QAnon is a tool of the left to make conservatives look like idiots, who will believe anything! And sometimes we do!! Sadly, we have seen the death of discernment along with everything else!

      I think the same people who fund antifa, fund Qanon. Who wins? Certainly not conservatives or Trump supporters. They ain't us!!! That is why most of us do not know about them.

    • Julie Rush

      01/12/2021 08:16 PM

      It is completely incorrect to ascribe five deaths to the occurrence of violence at the Capitol.

      One woman allegedly shot by Capitol police
      One Capital policeman allegedly assaulted by rioters
      Two medical emergencies possibly strokes or heart attacks- not within the Capitol.
      One Capitol policeman allegedly committed suicide- elsewhere, who knows why.

    • Janet Russenberger

      01/12/2021 07:14 PM

      I love your newsletter. I have learned a lot about what’s behind what we see/hear from the news media. So, I have a request. Could you do an article on journalism vs creative writing? How adjectives and adverbs do not belong in journalistic news reporting but are used in creative writing to set the scene and make you believe the story being told? And add about the tone and drama when reporting facts vs mood setting like is used with music in movies?

    • Ron Hyink

      01/12/2021 07:12 PM

      Gov Huckabee,
      I'd like to follow up a bit on your report about QAnon. It seems a lot of patriots accept what they hear about this subject rather than investigating it thoroughly for themselves. I'm not here to defend QAnon but only to offer my opinion. I have been reading Q's posts for a year or so, off and on, and Q started posting about three years ago. It's been an eye opener for sure. But what I have sensed in this mysterious person is someone who cares deeply for our country by exposing the truth about how deep the deep state really is. This is pretty much the same thing we see with the Epoch Times, the Western Journal, PJ Media and a host of other conservative websites including my personal favorite Mike Huckabee. No wonder the liberals want to destroy QAnon. They call it a group of conspiracy theorists, but now we know the conspiracy is no theory. Q seems to have a huge following, but I never once saw him call on anyone to riot or take any other adverse action. In fact he frequently uses Bible verses to acknowledge and express that the Lord is God. It's possible a few of his followers take radical actions, but I think it's unfair to attribute any of the actions we saw recently to Q or QAnon. In fact I have not seen a Q post since Dec 8, at qanon.pub. I'm personally glad that you and all the other conservative sites have the courage to get at the truth and to expose it and share it.

    • Rheann Shine

      01/12/2021 07:06 PM

      Govenor, I am so happy I signed up for your newsletter. I signed up via Parler just before it went dark. I am so saddened by recent events, but am finding comfort in your words. Thank you for helping us understand this is not who we are as citizens

    • Erika Maurer

      01/12/2021 06:51 PM

      Suggestion: perhaps highlight an interview with Andrew Torba, the conservative Christian CEO of Gab, an independent social media platform (i.e. free from Zuckerberg's hate-fueled censorship). In an interview with Revolver News, Mr. Torba touched on his commitment to free speech and surviving years of attacks by mainstream media. Following Zuckerberg's latest attacks on free speech, Gab is reportedly seeing an influx of new users at the rate of a million every 48 hours. The interview can be found at; https://www.revolver.news/2021/01/andrew-torba-exclusive-interview-gab-free-speech/

    • Dale Barber

      01/12/2021 06:44 PM

      Your comments are so well put. As a retiree and former pastor, I totally agree with you.

    • Linda Kay Wheeler

      01/12/2021 06:28 PM

      I love your sense of humor. Keep the faith!

      Linda Wheeler

    • Carolyn Gibbs

      01/12/2021 06:25 PM

      Greetings, Mike,
      As a retired teacher, I have had the time over the last four years to read. In that time, my concern for this country's destiny and the future of our children has been prayerfully active.
      I stumbled across this Q info by accident. Since then, this man has been able to give a comprehensive overview. Geddes's writings are global, as have been the Q "drops". Involved in this messaging, many are trying to decode, distort, and demonize the information. Sadly, lots of misunderstandings in communication do happen.
      onq.martingeddes.com

      The WWG1WGA - Where We Go 1 We Go All is a historical military phrase adopted globally.

      Blessings as you read and research (with the wee bit of time you might have!)

    • Dee Tabor Cole

      01/12/2021 05:53 PM

      Mike, You have me confused. I am not a Q follower or whatever they call themselves, but as I read this, I was getting the impression that you do not think that the election was stolen? Are you saying that Guliani, Powell and team were just working on a conspiracy theory with no validity?
      I would really really appreciate you clarifying your stance on this.
      I do not like the sounds of Q, but I do believe, we the people, were robbed our votes on November 3, 2020.
      I look forward to your response.
      Thank you!!!!

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