During a Q&A on Rumble, Donald Trump Jr. whitewashed the QAnon conspiracy theory and refused to rebut it when asked if his father, former President Donald Trump, was “Q,” the conspiracy theory’s central figure.
Since at least 2020, figures in Donald Trump’s orbit have associated with the conspiracy theory — appearing on QAnon shows, relying on it for their business, celebrating the community for its “acumen,” and posting QAnon images. Donald Trump himself has repeatedly praised the QAnon community, using a QAnon-affiliated song online and at his political rallies and repeatedly amplifying QAnon accounts and content on social media.
On August 3, while Trump Jr. did a Q&A on Rumble as part of his podcast Triggered with Donald Trump Jr., he responded to the question, “Who is Q?” and smirked, “You’ll never know, folks. I’m not sure. Or maybe I know, and I just can’t tell you.”
Trump Jr. was asked the question again later in the show. This time, he referenced his father’s previous comments whitewashing the QAnon community and said the conspiracy theorists simply “don’t like big government. They really dislike pedophiles. ... is that component of it so bad?” (In reality, QAnon has been tied to numerous violent incidents, including the January 6 insurrection, and multiple government agencies have issued internal warnings about the conspiracy theory.)