Transcript for Conspiracy theory QAnon on verge of foothold in Congress
Now to the conspiracy theory on the verge of gaining a foothold in congress. Some politicians in this election cycle voicing their support or sympathy for the pro-trump qanon movement. Steve osunsami joins us from Atlanta with more. Steve, good morning. Reporter: Good morning to you, whit. The people who believe in this have a serious mistrust of our institutions and political systems. The people who believe in this think that U.S. Intelligence agencies and America's cultural elite are working together in some diabolical plot to ruin the world and there is a secret savior came Q who is trying to stop them and needs their help. In this world view, there are pedophiles and illuminati and just generally bad people everywhere but they're hiding in plain sight secretly pulling the strings. Reporter: The believers of qanon have staked out a corner of the internet where many of their while and unsubstantiated claims have flourished. Confusing things they sometimes use very real hashtags like save the children and many truly think certain celebrities of major U.S. Companies are part of some worldwide sex trafficking ring. Qanon is convinced of that they alone can find them. They have the capability and that's what they are going to do. That's where the conspiracy theory part gets really dangerous. Reporter: They have a new champion in Marjorie Taylor Greene who upset the establishment by winning her primary for a seat in the U.S. House representing Georgia's 14th congressional district. Q is a patriot. Reporter: This is Greene in 2017 talking about the movement's mysterious leader named Q. He is someone that is very much loves this country and he's on the same pages as us and he is very pro-trump. Reporter: The FBI says qanon and their many conspiracy theories are a potential domestic terrorism threat. The North Carolina man who shot up this D.C. Pizza restaurant looking for nonexistent pedophiles believed in similar theories. Leaders on the right have distanced themselves from Greene but after her victory president trump shared his congratulations to future Republican star Marjorie taylor-greene. She isn't alone. A small but growing number of Republican candidate was won their primaries share some of these beliefs. Qanon fans believe that or at least they act as though they believe that trump is the savior of the United States and that they are helping him overturn this deep state plot. Reporter: The movement's apparent followers started appearing at the president's rallies as early as 2018. We don't exactly know who Q is, okay. Q is not one person, okay. Q is a bunch of people that are on the inside. They're the good guys and they know the real story. Reporter: Facebook says there are at least a million of these qanon believers on their platform and they are now flagging many of their posts as false information. Greene is from a very conservative district and after winning her primary she's expected to win the seat outright in November. Back to you. All right, Steve, thank you so much.
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