Earlier, the US media had circulated information that some supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory are waiting for the summer with the hope of a “military coup”, which, they believe, will return Trump to power to continue his fight against a pedophile sex trafficking ring within the US government, which proponents of QAnon allege exists.
A top official at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) told members of Congress on Wednesday that the conspiracy theory that Donald Trump will be reinstated as president in August has raised certain concerns, Politico reported, citing people familiar with the closed briefing.
According to the report, John Cohen, the department’s senior counterterrorism official, spoke before the House Committee on Homeland Security in a members-only briefing.
One of the committee members, Democrat Rep. Elissa Slotkin, questioned Cohen at the briefing on how the Department of Homeland Security is tracking the spread of disinformation and conspiracy theories, as well as how such speech may drive violence.
She explicitly mentioned the conspiracy theory that Trump will be put back in office in August, and probably as a result of a military coup, a theory that US mainstream media claimed Trump has reportedly encouraged within his inner circle.
However, DHS is not aware of any particular, credible threats of violence tied to the conspiracy theory surrounding Trump’s reinstatement, according to Cohen. Nonetheless, he emphasized that the department is monitoring internet discussions about the matter among communities labeled extremist by the US government.
And he said it is causing anxiety among department officials because it feeds the narrative that the election was rigged, which might provoke a violent reaction from some extremists.