Vice President Mike Pence has canceled plans to attend a Trump campaign fundraising campaign in Montana after revelations that the event’s hosts had expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory.
President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign told The Associated Press on Saturday that Pence’s schedule had changed.
The campaign did not provide a reason or say whether the fundraiser would take place at a later date.
The change comes after the AP reported Wednesday that hosts Cayrn and Michael Borland in Bozeman, Montana, shared QAnon memes and retweeted messages from QAnon accounts.
Mike Pence was scheduled to attend a fundraising campaign hosted by QAnon donors on Monday
Fundraising Plans: Caryn and Michael Borland will be hosting top Republicans in Montana next week led by Mike Pence. They’ve shared two QAnon memes and retweeted posts from QAnon accounts – and donated six figures to the Donald Trump shortage campaign and posed with the president
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Unfounded conspiracy theory claims Trump is fighting a deep-seated bureaucracy and sex trafficking ring run by pedophiles.
Three Republicans seeking election in Montana were also scheduled to attend the fundraising campaign: US Senator Steve Daines, who will be challenged in November by the Democratic Steve Bullock government; US Rep. Greg Gianforte, a Republican running for governor; and state accountant Matt Rosendale, a candidate for the US House.
Pence, Daines and the other Republican candidates will hold another campaign rally Monday afternoon in Belgrade, near Bozeman.
Pence will host a rally in Wisconsin earlier in the day, an event added as a replacement for the fundraiser, the Trump campaign said.
Daines campaign spokesman Julia Doyle said the first-term senator does not know the Borlands, nor “does he know what QAnon even is.”
She referred questions as to whether the event would be moved to the Trump campaign.
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Gianforte, who faced Democratic Gov. Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney, also does not know the Borlands or what QAnon is, said spokesman Travis Hall.
A spokesman for Rosendale said he was unaware of QAnon.
Rosendale “is not focused on false conspiracy theories and the attempts of liberal extremists to infect the president,” spokesman Andy Westberry said in an email. He declined to say whether Rosendale knows the Borlands.
The Borlands have donated more than $ 220,000 to Trump’s reelection bid, most of which was made in the name of Caryn Borland, and were guests at the national GOP convention last month.
The QAnon story has grown into other long-standing conspiracy theories and is gaining traction among some extreme Trump supporters.
The movement has often been compared to a right-wing sect. Some followers have run for candidacy, mostly in the Republican Party, although some have been independent or have run for third parties.
The president has refused to condemn QAnon, recently telling reporters that the conspiracy theory is “gaining popularity” and that its supporters “like me very much.”
The QAnon Theory is an idea that Donald Trump was sent to save the world from Satanists
QAnon supporters regularly attend meetings in support of Trump and Pence
Pence has said it is a conspiracy theory and told CBS last month, “I don’t know about QAnon, and I reject it outright.”
The Borlands have shared multiple QAnon posts on social media, as well as other discredited conspiracies.
Michael Borland prominently posted several QAnon ‘Q’ logos on his Facebook page. Caryn Borland Retweeted or engaged with QAnon Twitter accounts. In April, she responded to a pro-Trump Tweet from a QAnon account by replying ‘Always’ with an emoji with praying hands.
The Borlands have not responded to Pence’s decision.