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Trump campaign is sick of conspiracy believers at rallies — but too afraid to make them angry

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President Donald Trump’s campaign is trying to strike a balance with supporters who believe in the QAnon conspiracy theory.

It’s not clear how many of his supporters believe in the bizarre conspiracy theory that Trump, with the help of the late John F. Kennedy Jr., is secretly battling pedophile elites in Hollywood, Wall Street and the Democratic Party — but the Trump campaign isn’t sure what to do about their increasing visibility, reported The Daily Beast.

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QAnon believers turn up in crowd shots from Trump rallies, where they hold up signs and wear T-shirts promoting the convoluted theory, and the president’s re-election campaign regards them as a nuisance, but also don’t want to alienate them.

One current senior Trump campaign official told The Daily Beast that staffers generally “ignore them,” while also refraining from comment to deprive them of media attention and to avoid “pissing off the crazy” people.

QAnon believers are now a regular presence at Trump rallies, although some of them claim their Q paraphernalia has been banned from the campaign events.

The U.S. Secret Service denied any involvement in QAnon suppression at Trump rallies, although the campaign didn’t exactly deny that private security guards may have told believers to turn their T-shirts inside out.

“No non-Trump-related political messaging is permitted inside the venue,” said Michael Glassner, chief operating officer of the 2020 Trump campaign. “We do our best to ensure this rule is fully enforced.”

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Some believers have snuck Q shirts into the rallies by covering them up with another shirt, then removing the decoy inside the rally, and QAnon believers have sometimes smuggled their message onto rally stages.

Brandon Straka, a Trump supporter who founded the #Walkaway movement urging Democrats to leave the party, uttered the QAnon slogan — “Where we go one, we go all” — during his warm-up speech at Trump’s rally last month in Cincinnati.

Trump praised a “beautiful” baby held up wearing a “Q” onesie at his Greenville, North Carolina, rally, which thrilled QAnon believers as a sign of support from the president.

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“It’s a necessity to know that you’re not alone,” said the baby’s father, Roman Riselvato, who sells Q onesies on Etsy.


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A whopping 14 percent of new US COVID-19 cases are coming from Texas

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With the daily number of new coronavirus infections in Texas now exceeding that of most other states, experts say Texas has become a hot spot of the global pandemic and that more aggressive measures are needed to slow the virus’ spread.

Texas’ new confirmed cases of the coronavirus now make up around 14% of the U.S. total — measured by a seven-day average — a significantly higher proportion than its 9% share of the nation’s population. Since July 1, the U.S. has reported 358,027 new infections. Of those, 50,599 were in Texas.

On Tuesday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported more than 10,000 new cases — representing nearly 20% of the nation’s new cases for the day. It could be a “catch-up” from the July 4 holiday, DSHS spokesman Chris Van Deusen said, noting that numbers reported Sunday and Monday were lower.

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Devastating new ad uses Ronald Reagan’s words against Trump to stunning effect

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The Lincoln Project is not the only right-wing group that has been creating attack ads slamming President Donald Trump. Another is Republican Voters Against Trump, which uses the words of President Ronald Reagan in its latest video to illustrate Trump’s failures as president.

In the ad — which lasts one minute and 40 seconds — RVAT contrast Reagan’s words with images of the U.S. during the Trump era. The message is not subtle: Under Trump, the United States is a long way from Reagan’s vision for the country.

The ad isn’t aimed at liberals and progressives, many of whom would argue that Reagan’s economic policies were bad for the American working class during the 1980s. It asks Republicans: “Has your party left you?”

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The sheep-like loyalty of Trump supporters is starting to backfire

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Donald Trump thinks his voters are morons. This universal truth was once again demonstrated this week by a Facebook ad working Trump’s new statue-oriented campaign strategy. The ad declared, “WE WILL PROTECT THIS” and featured a photo of … no, not some racist-loser Confederate general astride a horse but “Cristo Redentor,” the famous statue of Jesus Christ that sits atop Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, which, for those keeping track, is not in the United States but in Brazil, a sovereign nation in a different continent.

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