Trump slammed for refusing to disavow 'death cult' conspiracy theories
President Donald J. Trump listens to Vice President Mike Pence addresses his remarks Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in the James S. Brady White House Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

In Wednesday's coronavirus press briefing, a reporter asked President Donald Trump for his thoughts on QAnon, the far-right conspiracy theory gaining steam amid the coronavirus pandemic that has been labeled a terroristic threat by his own FBI. The president refused to disavow it, saying he didn't know the basics of the theory but he had heard "they like me very much." When the reporter clarified, saying, "The crux of this theory is that you are secretly saving the world from Satanic pedophiles and cannibals," the president said "Is that supposed to be a bad thing? ... If I can save the world from problems, I'll do it."


Commenters on social media were stunned that the president would throw gasoline on the QAnon conspiracy theory — and erupted in anger.