An official Republican Senate candidate who is a QAnon follower disproved her campaign’s attempt to claim she didn’t really believe in the conspiracy theory on Friday.
In a bizarre episode that could prove that she’s both paranoid and that her campaign was really about to get her, Jo Rae Perkins said those who made her bid for the Senate seat in Oregon were wrong made a statement denying that she believed in ‘Q’ and that she was ‘literally and physically ill’ to see it on her twitter account.
Perkins won the Republican primary on Tuesday and will face Jeff Merkley, the incumbent junior Democratic senator.
On Wednesday, her Twitter account was updated with a statement allegedly coming from her claiming she called her a QAnon supporter was a defamation by the “ liberal media. ”
It was widely claimed that she “did not endorse QAnon, but rather said that I appreciate that there is free speech in this country.”
And it alleged that she was the victim of “biased media who did not do her due diligence.”
Unfortunately for the Republican campaign, it turned out that its staff had not done due diligence; Perkins ABC News told on Friday that she had not written a word of the statement and is in fact “at” QAnon.
Don’t Believe Your Lying Eyes: Jo Rae Perkins said she didn’t write a word of her tweets and didn’t notice she’s following QAnon. She was “physically ill” when she read it and now says, “Q is the information and I support the source of information.”
Undoubtedly where she stands: during her campaign, Perkins (second from right) took part in protests with a banner decorated with a QAnon hashtag
Intending to use Q in the Senate: Perkins proudly says ‘I follow Q as I follow Jesus’ and plans to shock pollsters by being elected to use the information in Congress
“My campaign is going to kill me,” said Perkins. “How do I say this? Some people think I follow Q like I follow Jesus. Q is the information and I support the source of information. ‘
She explained that it was written for her and she “scanned it and said yes it looks good to me.”
“And then I saw it after that and I’m like, literally was in tears, literally physically in tears because I’m so blown away. Because I went, c ** p, I’m not. And I’m not going backwards, “she said.
Her explanations raised questions about the course of her campaign and offered a rare confirmation from a candidate for an elected office that they are not writing or sometimes not reading their campaign material completely.
It may have been sensible to check – or possibly remove – the rest of her Twitter feed and Facebook page, both of which show her waving QAnon signs and endorse the ‘great awakening’ claim.
They could also have found one of her first interviews after her win, in a QAnon live stream that promised to use ‘information’ she gained while searching QAnon threads on conspiracy websites and bulletin boards in the Senate, saying, ‘ Most of the people who attended our election night party were Q people. ‘
Aside from a failed takeover of its twitter feed, the Republican Party appears to have done little to directly help Perkins. National funding sources do not promise any money for her race so far.
She does have a campaign website that does not state her belief in a theory that a mysterious senior government official named Q is leaving clues about a “great awakening” that will see a massive conspiracy of pedophiles, politicians, the media, and large corporations brought down largely single-handedly by Donald Trump .
Instead, it says, “Jo Rae Perkins is a Main Street American who believes the U.S. Constitution strongly and clearly defines the role of the United States Senate and Federal Government.”
The Oregon Republican Party told ABC News in a lukewarm endorsement from Perkins, “Because we’re the GOP nominee, here’s what we do – support them in winning the general election.”
The seat is not seen as competitive for the party, with Donald Trump losing the state to Hillary Clinton in 2016 50-39. Democrat Ron Wyden, the senator, won 57-33 that year.
Perkins is a former Republican president of Linn County, south of the Oregon capital, Salem.
In a four-way race between Republican candidates, Perkins floated around 50 percent, meaning she will participate in the general election vote against Democratic incumbent Senator Jeff Merkley, who has an advantage in the predominantly blue state, Yahoo News reported.
In another clue to her staff, Perkins celebrated in a victory speech by calling himself a ‘Q person’ and then repeating a slogan used by conspiracy theory followers: ‘Where we’re going, we’re all going.’
US Senate candidate Joe Rae Perkins won the primary party of the Oregon Republican Party on Tuesday evening. She stood out among the candidates for leaning into the QAnon conspiracy theory
QAnon believers think President Trump and an individual name “Q” are up against elites and “deep state” officials who are trying to kill children. The conspiracy theory is similar to Pizzagate, who accused Hillary Clinton of running a child trafficking ring out of a pizzeria
A conspiracy theorist from QAnon (left) and a Trump supporter (right) are among the crowd who came to the state capital in Salem, Oregon on May 2 to protest the state’s stay at home. Perkins continued her belief in “Q” as a Republican for the U.S. Senate in the state
Perkins made no secret of her belief in QAnon – a conspiracy theory centered on deep-state officials and global elites murdering children, working to thwart President Trump and a high-ranking intelligence officer named ‘Q’ – who himself could be Trump the plot – something campaign workers thought they could change with a statement blaming the “biased media.”
It has similar contours to Pizzagate, a conspiracy theory that grew in the deep corners of the right-wing Internet in 2016, saying Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton led a sex trafficking ring in the basement of a D.C. pizzeria.
The bizarre theory started with using references from the leaked emails from its campaign chairman John Podesta.
The pizzeria does not have a basement, and Clinton was not involved in such a plot either.
But Trump’s allies on the right, including the son of ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn, put it to the fore – in the event that his father pleaded guilty in a plea deal in part to save his son from charges, legal documents have revealed.
A North Carolina man found it so credible that he came to the restaurant, Comet Ping Pong, with a firearm to organize a rescue.
The president has also retweeted ‘Q’ support accounts, but Perkins took her support to another level during her primary run in the Senate.
“It is a very high calculated risk that I take”, she said to Right Wing Watch in January. “Most people play a lot safer than I do. It is pure genius or pure madness. It is one of two. Voters will have to be the ones to make that decision. ‘
Perkins speaks of ‘Q’ as if he or she is a real person.
“Q is most likely military intelligence, and they’ve been looking at what’s going on with our country for decades, and they’re working with President Trump to stop corruption and save our republic.”
She suggested Right Wing Watch that “there are probably a lot of us.”
“But I’m just bold enough to say,” Hey, I’m following Q because I want to know because if the Q team is real, I want to know, “she said.