The QAnon conspiracy theory in Arizona politics

By Julia Shumway | Arizona Capitol Times

Republican Senate candidates who won uncontested primaries have expressed varying levels of support for a unfounded and wide-ranging conspiracy theory which holds that Donald Trump is fighting an elite cabal of business leaders, celebrities, media professionals and politicians engaged in Satanic worship and child sex trafficking. 

The most vocal proponent of the QAnon conspiracy theory in Arizona politics, Legislative District 18 Senate candidate Suzanne Sharer, posts regularly to Facebook and Twitter about QAnon and engages in speculation about hidden messages from “Q,” who believers maintain is a high-level government employee — possibly an alive John F. Kennedy Jr. — fighting a corrupt national government from the inside. 

Tucson Senate candidate Justine Wadsack, a Purple for Parents activist who toyed with a run for Congress before opting to challenge Rep. Kirsten Engel, D-Tucson, for the open Legislative District 10 Senate seat, has tweeted hashtags used by QAnon supporters. And in July, Republican Sen. Vince Leach of Saddlebrooke included a cartoon of Trump, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and a man with a “Q” for a head stepping on kneeling figures labeled “globalists,” “Marxists” and “traitors” in his daily flood of political cartoons on Facebook. 

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