Ron Watkins, a leader of the QAnon movement, scrambled to convince his followers that the man who spoke at former President Donald Trump's rally on Saturday was not a "body double."
While attending Saturday's Trump rally in Arizona, Rolling Stone correspondent Steven Monacelli observed that some of the VIP guests were "too extreme" for the QAnon movement. But Monacelli reported that they were "welcomed warmly" by the Trump crowd in Arizona.
One of the QAnon influencers in attendance, Michael Protzman, has been condemned by some members of the community after his promises that John F. Kennedy Jr. would emerge in Dallas last year never materialized.
Monacelli also reported that Watkins, who some believe started the QAnon movement, struggled to convince his followers that the real Donald Trump had appeared at the rally.
"After the rally, Ron Watkins held an audio chat where followers speculated that Trump himself had been a body double," Monacelli noted.
“I saw Trump. It’s not a body double. It’s actually him,” Watkins reportedly told his followers.
Throughout the day, Watkins shared photos of himself posing with other conspiracy theorists at the rally. One photo featured MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who spoke at the event. Watkins also repeatedly asked for donations to his congressional campaign.
Some of the comments going on with QAnons while Trump is speaking. pic.twitter.com/bKPLag5QRk
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Appearing on MSNBC on Sunday afternoon, Republican political strategist Susan Del Percio called out Sen. Lindsey Graham for his slavish devotion to Donald Trump, explaining that the moment the former president's popularity craters, the South Carolina Republican will drop him like a hot rock.
Laughing at Graham's assertion that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) needs to learn to work with the twice-impeached ex-president if he wants to remain the GOP leader in the Senate, Del Percio said that wasn't going to happen and accused Trump's Senate golfing buddy of being a sycophant with no "morals."
Speaking with host Alex Witt, Del Percio explained, "Donald Trump is the most important influencer of Republican primaries there is. So people are bending over backward to try and out-Trump each other to gain his support."
"Of course Mitch McConnell and [House Minority Leader] Kevin McCarthy are not too thrilled about this because in any swing-seat or even tight within two or three points, district or state, this works against Republicans," she elaborated. "Let's not forget, the state that Donald Trump spoke in last night, Arizona, more people voted below the top of the ticket -- meaning not for Donald Trump -- than they voted for Donald Trump."
"The Republicans do not want to have Donald Trump as their president," she continued. "They saw him as dangerous and divisive -- not all Republicans -- but there's a sliver out there and that sliver really does matter when it comes to the general election. But as far as being the influencer on Republican politics, he's still there."
"Look at Lindsey Graham," she smirked. "If Lindsey Graham didn't think Donald Trump was still an influencer, he wouldn't be on that bandwagon. He has no sense of morals whatsoever."
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Fox News host Howard Kurtz seemed to mock former President Donald Trump on Sunday by calling OAN his "favorite network" after the channel was dropped by DirecTV.
During a segment on Fox News about Trump's decision to abruptly end an interview with NPR, Kurtz also pointed out that OAN is losing most of its audience.
"Speaking of Trump and the media, his favorite network, One America News, is being dropped by AT&T's DirecTV," Kurtz said. "That's a big blow to OAN in terms of its reach and its revenue."
Watch the video below from Fox News.