Donald Trump praises QAnon supporters

Trump: “Let me just tell you what I do hear about it is they are very strongly against pedophilia and I agree with that”

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Citation From the October 15, 2020, MSNBC Town Hall with Donald Trump

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE (HOST): While we're denouncing, let me ask you about QAnon. It is this theory that Democrats are a Satanic pedophile ring and that you are the savior of that. Now, can you just once and for all state that that is completely not true and disavow QAnon in its entirety? 

DONALD TRUMP: So, I know -- I know nothing about QAnon. 

GUTHRIE: I just told you. 

TRUMP: I know very little. You told me, but what you tell me doesn't necessarily make it fact, I hate to say that. I know nothing about it. I do know they are very much against pedophilia. They fight it very hard but I know nothing about it. 

GUTHRIE: They believe that it's a satanic cult run by the deep state. 

TRUMP: If you'd like me to study the subject -- I'll tell you what I do know about. I know about Antifa and I know about the radical left and I know how violent they are and how vicious they are, and I know how they are burning down cities run by Democrats, not run by Republicans. 

GUTHRIE: Republican Senator Ben Sasse said, quote, "QAnon is nuts and real leaders call conspiracy theories conspiracy theories." 

TRUMP: He may be right. Can I be honest?

GUTHRIE: Why not just say it's crazy and not true?

TRUMP: He may be right. I just don't know about QAnon. 

GUTHRIE: You do know. 

TRUMP: I don't know. No, I don't know. I don't know. 

GUTHRIE: Let me ask you another thing --

TRUMP: You tell me all about it, let's waste the whole show. You start off with white supremacy. I denounce it. You start off with something else. Let's go. Keep asking me these questions. 

GUTHRIE: Okay, I do have one more. 

TRUMP: But let me just -- let me just tell you what I do hear about it is they are very strongly against pedophilia and I agree with that. I mean, I do agree with that. And I agree with it very strongly.

GUTHRIE: Okay, but there's not a satanic pedophile cult being run by --

TRUMP: I have no idea. I know nothing about it.

GUTHRIE: You don't know that? Okay.

TRUMP: No, I don't know that. And neither -- and neither do you know that.