Congressman Denver Riggleman Introduces Bipartisan Resolution Condemning QAnon

September 8, 2020
Press Release

Washington D.C.- Representatives Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) and Denver Riggleman (R-VA) and Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) introduced a bipartisan Resolution condemning QAnon, a movement promoting a collection of unfounded conspiracy theories that have spread widely on the internet since 2017. These conspiracy theories are undermining public trust in America’s democratic institutions.

"QAnon and the conspiracy theories it promotes are a danger and a threat that has no place in our country’s politics.” said Congressman Riggleman. "I condemn this movement and urge all Americans to join me in taking this step to exclude them and other extreme conspiracy theories from the national discourse."

"Conspiracy theories that falsely blame secret cabals and marginalized groups for the problems of society have long fueled prejudice, violence and terrorism” said Representative Malinowski. “It’s time for us to come together across party lines to say that QAnon has no place in our nation’s political discourse."

QAnon initially alleged that prominent Americans are engaged in a secret plot to control the world, while using their power to exploit children, and has expanded to embrace virtually every popular conspiracy theory of the last several decades. The FBI has assessed with high confidence that “fringe political conspiracy theories,” including QAnon, “very likely motivate some domestic extremists, wholly or in part, to engage in criminal or violent activity,” and that these conspiracy theories “very likely encourage the targeting of specific people, places and organizations, thereby increasing the likelihood of violence against these targets." 

According to the Combatting Terrorism Center at the West Point Military Academy, “QAnon is arguably no longer simply a fringe conspiracy theory but an ideology that has demonstrated its capacity to radicalize to violence individuals at an alarming speed." 

The Resolution introduced today:

-Condemns QAnon and rejects the conspiracy theories it promotes.

-Encourages the Federal Bureau of Investigation and all Federal law enforcement agencies to continue to strengthen their focus on preventing violence, threats, harassment, and other criminal activity by extremists motivated by fringe political conspiracy theories.

-Urges all Americans, regardless of our beliefs or partisan affiliation, to seek information from authoritative sources, and to engage in political debate from a common factual foundation.

You can read the full text of the resolution here.

Congressman Riggleman is available for comment.