Republican Party leader Kevin McCarthy said he didn’t even know what QAnon is, while speaking to reporters about newcomer Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
“I think it would be helpful if you could hear exactly what she said to all of us. Denouncing Q-on, I don’t know if I say it right, nor do I know what it is,” McCarthy told reporters on Wednesday
However, while the GOP leader said he does not know what QAnon is, he has been talking about it for months and even denounced it in the past.
In August, he told Fox News: “There is no place for QAnon in the Republican Party.”
House Democrats are calling for Greene to be stripped of her role on two committees because of the reaction to her promotion of various conspiracy theories. They will hold a vote in plenary on Thursday.
Greene supported conspiracy theories like QAnon, which claims without foundation that former President Donald Trump was working to dismantle a group of powerful child abusers.
McCarthy told reporters that Greene denounced statements he made in the past during a closed-door meeting with House Republicans, after a closed-door meeting where Greene allegedly apologized to his colleagues and was given a standing ovation. Greene was not punished or deprived of the committee’s duties.
QAnon supporters were spotted in the January 6 attack on the Capitol, which left five people dead, including “Q Shaman”, a conspiracy theorist, who was depicted with his trademark horned helmet sitting in the Senate chamber.
Greene also said the mass school shootings were “false flag” operations organized by arms law advocates. She also supported calls to execute Democratic politicians.