Jo Rae Perkins, a hardline supporter of Israel, on Tuesday won the Republican Party’s nomination to run in November against Jeff Merkley, a Democratic senator for Oregon.
Perkins is a believer in the QAnon conspiracy and a denier of the systematic ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.
Political paranoia and historical denialism have worked themselves deep into the Republican Party.
Travis View, who has written about QAnon for The Washington Post, has described the group’s theory as being “based upon the idea that there is a worldwide cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles who rule the world, essentially, and they control everything.”
According to View, believers contend that this cabal controls politicians, the news media and Hollywood. They think that had it not been for the election of Donald Trump, this cabal “would have continued ruling the world,” View told the website Salon last year.
The FBI warned last year of possible violence originating from “fringe political conspiracy theories,” including QAnon. Believers, who think Trump’s efforts will lead to the arrests of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, have been arrested in worrisome incidents. One armed man drove an armored vehicle to the Hoover Dam on what