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Conspiracy Theorists Think Trump Will Be President on Thursday

No expectation of violence, though Capitol Police will be on guard

(Newser) - Capitol Police are boosting security in response to a far-right conspiracy theory claiming Donald Trump will again become president on Thursday. Some QAnon supporters believed Trump would declare martial law and remain in office on Jan. 20. But "when that didn't happen, the date was moved from Jan....

Democrats Dumbfounded by Greene's Committee Seat
Democrats Dumbfounded
by Greene's Committee Seat
THE RUNDOWN

Democrats Dumbfounded by Greene's Committee Seat

They want Marjorie Taylor Greene ousted from Education Committee

(Newser) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was "appalled" to learn Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who once endorsed executing the speaker , was appointed to the House Education Committee. "What could they be thinking?" Pelosi said of Republican House leaders on Thursday, per Politico . "Or is thinking too generous of a...

Bill Gates: 'Do People Really Believe This Stuff?'

The philanthropist is the target of conspiracy theories

(Newser) - Have you heard that Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates wants to use coronavirus vaccines to insert tracking microchips into people? Well, Bill Gates has heard it, and he says it’s “science fiction,” per USA Today . And if it could be done, a puzzled Gates tells the...

For QAnon Believers, Now What?
Some QAnon Believers Morph
to Embrace Joe Biden
the rundown

Some QAnon Believers Morph to Embrace Joe Biden

Other feel duped and betrayed by conspiracy movement

(Newser) - For QAnon believers, the promised "storm" never came. Donald Trump is out and Joe Biden is in at the White House. There was no final-day declaration of martial law, no mass arrests, no continuation of the Trump presidency. All of which raises the question: What happens now to the...

Lucy Lawless Slams 'Hercules' for Antifa Conspiracy Theory

'Xena' had some words for Kevin Sorbo on Twitter regarding the Capitol Hill riot

(Newser) - Xena the Warrior Princess doesn't mess around in battle, even on Twitter. That's where Lucy Lawless, the actor who played the ancient Greek fighter in the '90s TV series, ended up on Thursday, embroiled in what Fox News calls a "clash of superheroes" over a conspiracy...

Dominion Staffer Sues Trump Campaign: I Want My Life Back

Eric Coomer says he's had to go into hiding due to conspiracy theories about election 'rigging'

(Newser) - A high-ranking employee for a company that provided election equipment and software in 28 states has been subjected to harassment and death threats so alarming that he was forced to go into hiding a week after the election. Now, Eric Coomer says he wants his life back, and he's...

They Bet on a Trump Win. Now They Want Their Money

Gamblers threaten legal action against betting sites, saying race shouldn't have been called for Biden

(Newser) - President Trump continues to push his claims of election fraud, and last week, he tried to support that narrative with a tweet tied to gambling, per Casino.org . "At 10:00 P.M. on Election Evening, we were at 97% win with the so-called 'bookies,'" he...

Conservatives Have a New Target—One of Their Own

Tucker Carlson sought evidence for a conspiracy theory

(Newser) - Tucker Carlson made quite a few enemies this week after questioning a conspiracy theory advanced by one of President Trump's lawyers, the New York Times reports. On Thursday, the Fox News host addressed Sidney Powell's allegation that a leftist cabal—fueled by "communist money" from "Venezuela,...

Trump's Link to QAnon Comes Out in the Open

Mike Pence, top GOP figures to attend fundraiser hosted by QAnon backers

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence and top officials from President Trump's campaign are slated to attend a Montana fundraiser next week hosted by a couple who have expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to an event invitation obtained by the AP and a review of social media postings....

Tech Giant Cracks Down on QAnon
Tech Giant
Cracks Down
on QAnon

Tech Giant Cracks Down on QAnon

Groups and accounts are getting banned

(Newser) - Facebook says it will restrict the right-wing conspiracy movement QAnon and will no longer recommend that users join groups supporting it, although the company isn't banning it outright, the AP reports. Facebook said Wednesday it is banning groups and accounts associated with QAnon and a variety of US-based militia...

Fox Host Walks Back Praise for Fringe Movement

Jesse Watters first said QAnon has 'uncovered a lot of great stuff'

(Newser) - The fringe conspiracy movement QAnon picked up some praise from a Fox News host over the weekend, who then quickly walked it back. During an interview with Eric Trump on Saturday, Fox's Jesse Watters declared that QAnon has done some "crazy stuff," but "they've also...

Twitter Lays the Hammer Down on QAnon

Bans 7K accounts, places restrictions on another 150K

(Newser) - Twitter is banning 7,000 QAnon accounts and limiting another 150,000, the social media service announced Tuesday. "These accounts are engaging in behavior that is designed to further the spread of content that has resulted in clear and well-documented informational, physical, societal and psychological offline harm," a...

Facebook Groups Pivot to Attack 'Thugs' at BLM

Their language directly violates Facebook's hate-speech standards

(Newser) - A loose network of Facebook groups that took root across the country in April to organize protests over coronavirus stay-at-home orders has become a hub of misinformation and conspiracy theories that have pivoted to a variety of new targets. Their latest: Black Lives Matter and the nationwide protests of racial...

Conspiracy Video 'Plandemic' Gets Yanked, but Persists

Judy Mikovits has an ax to grind against Anthony Fauci

(Newser) - If you've seen or heard the word "Plandemic" the last few days, there's good reason. It's the title of a 26-minute video spreading wild conspiracy theories about the coronavirus that has been yanked by YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook. But the word keeps trending as believers find...

Alex Jones' Latest 'Rant' Looks Like a Deal-Breaker

The conspiracy theorist is looking at his neighbors and feeling hungry

(Newser) - Alex Jones took his rants to a new level Friday by threatening to chop up and eat his neighbors amid the coronavirus lockdown, Vice reports. "My children aren't going hungry," he said on his live-streamed radio show . "My children aren't going hungry. I'll admit...

Bizarre Conspiracy Theory Made Her Life a 'Nightmare'

US Army reservist Maatje Benassi is falsely accused of being COVID patient zero in China

(Newser) - Maatje Benassi, a US Army reservist who lives in Virginia, is just trying to get through these days of quarantine like everyone else. But as CNN reports, she has a big additional change: She is now the center of a wackadoo conspiracy theory that accuses her of being "patient...

Conspiracy Theorists Hijack Country Singer's Virus Death

Widow of Joe Diffie slams 'false and hurtful' claims on how her husband died

(Newser) - Conspiracy theorists are twisting facts online about country singer Joe Diffie's death from COVID-19 complications in an effort to promote their claims that health officials are exaggerating the threat of the coronavirus pandemic. Diffie, who topped the charts in the 1990s with honky-tonk singles including "Home" and "...

Bill Gates Is Now Favorite Target of Conspiracy Theories

Bizarre tales abound on the internet regarding him and the coronavirus

(Newser) - Bill Gates has been warning the world about a pandemic for years, and now that we've got one, Gates himself is getting some unwanted attention. The New York Times reports that he's now the No. 1 topic of wild conspiracy theories related to the coronavirus, as tracked by...

FDA Has a Coronavirus Warning for Alex Jones

Tells Infowars host to stop hawking fake treatments for the virus

(Newser) - Count Alex Jones among the people hawking fake coronavirus treatments . The FDA and the FTC warned the right-wing conspiracy theorist in a letter to stop promoting and selling silver-infused products including toothpaste and mouthwash that "are intended to mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19." Those products are...

Shocked Voice at Trump Rally: 'Was That a Q?'

How the bizarre QAnon conspiracy theory entered the political mainstream

(Newser) - President Donald Trump was more than halfway through his speech at a rally in Milwaukee when one of his hand gestures caught the eye of a supporter standing in the packed arena. The 51-year-old woman believed the president had traced the shape of the letter "Q" with his fingers...

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