Gohmert Pushes “Peaceful Protestors” Lie At QAnonfest
Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell made news over the Memorial Day weekend for their comments at the QAnon “For God & Country Roundup.” But one speaker’s appearance is notable not for what he said, but for who he is: a sitting member of Congress.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) had no problem repeating his “they were just peaceful demonstrators” lie about the Jan. 6 insurrection with the slogan for QAnon, which the FBI has deemed a domestic terrorism threat, shining behind him on stage. “WWG1WGA” was incorporated into the cowboy hat band in the event’s logo.
Even though federal officials, including FBI Director Christopher Wray, have repeatedly stated that leftist activists played no role in the deadly riot, Gohmert said “it wasn’t just right-wing extremists” who assaulted police, broke into the Capitol and roamed its halls looking for politicians to murder. The east Texas congressman, who was one of the lawmakers hustled off the House floor to safety as the attackers closed in, also suggested that what happened Jan. 6 wasn’t as bad some other attacks the United States has sustained on its shores.
“Some of us think Pearl Harbor was the worst attack on democracy, some of us think 9/11 was the worst attack,” he said. “Some of us think that those things were worse attacks on democracy.”
Gohmert also said, “I would submit that weaponizing the FBI and the Department of Justice against one administration was an attack on democracy,” a reference to the multiple investigations of twice-impeached, one-term former president Donald Trump.
Gohmert’s appearance wasn’t just a quick drive-by. He spoke without notes for more than 45 minutes and then schmoozed with attendees off- stage. One of them was Zak Paine, a QAnon-er known online as RedPill78. He even took a selfie with Paine, who took part in the deadly Jan. 6 riot.
A sitting member of Congress, Louie Gohmert, hung out at the QAnon Dallas event with Zak Paine, the host of QAnon show RedPill78 & someone who has admitted to participating in part of the insurrection. https://t.co/ZB1AkE2pl9 https://t.co/fJr9QRbIZZ pic.twitter.com/1MiF7wHALM
— Alex Kaplan (@AlKapDC) May 30, 2021