McCain Institute denounces QAnon; says trafficking claims are politically motivated


A member of a crowd waiting to enter a campaign rally for President Donald Trump in 2018 holds a Q sign to represent QAnon.

The McCain Institute has joined with more than 75 other organizations nationwide that work to combat human trafficking in signing a letter decrying misinformation spread by the QAnon conspiracy theory. 

The letter, released Wednesday, says falsehoods about Democratic politicians are being spread, in part, to influence the November general election. That is an assertion Cindy McCain, the wife of the late U.S. Sen. John McCain, made in a September meeting of the official Arizona anti-trafficking council. 

Followers of the baseless QAnon narrative believe President Donald Trump has been actively investigating a global child trafficking ring operated by powerful politicians and celebrities. Adherents to this theory have posted anti-trafficking messages on social media and have started in-person Save The Children rallies. 

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But, according to the letter, those efforts, fueled by falsehoods, are not helping matters. 

In the letter, the groups say they “are alarmed and deeply disturbed by the intentional spread of conspiracy theories and disinformation about sex trafficking aiming to sow fear and division in order to influence the upcoming election.”


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