Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL) appeared on a QAnon-themed program, where she criticized the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and asked viewers to follow her on social media. Cammack’s appearance is yet another example of Republican officials attempting to court QAnon followers.
Cammack, who is in her first term as a member of Congress, represents Florida’s 3rd Congressional District. Right Wing Watch noted in April 2020 that she previously appeared on QAnon supporter Ann Vandersteel’s program and claimed that she’s not familiar with QAnon but indicated that she would be willing to check it out.
Cammack went on the May 12 edition of the Patriots’ Soapbox program The Common Sense Show. A simple search makes clear that the network is dedicated to QAnon: NBC News’ Brandy Zadrozny and Ben Collins wrote in August 2018 that the Patriots' Soapbox is “a round-the-clock livestreamed YouTube channel for Qanon study and discussion. The channel is, in effect, a broadcast of a Discord chatroom with constant audio commentary from a rotating cast of volunteers and moderators.” The website for the Patriots’ Soapbox lists the QAnon slogan “#WWG1WGA” on its front page and has numerous pieces of content dedicated to the conspiracy theory.
The Florida Republican spent roughly 15 minutes on the program. Cammack primarily discussed “defund the police” efforts and the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which she referred to as “garbage.” Near the conclusion of the interview, Cammack also encouraged program viewers to follow her on social media and thanked host Derik Vance, saying, “I appreciate you.” Vance also praised Cammack and said he would “work with your staff" to get her back on the program.
Cammack and the hosts did not discuss QAnon but after the interview, Vance signed off by stating the QAnon slogan “where we go one, we go all.”
While Cammack used her appearance to, in her view, defend law enforcement, QAnon supporters have been involved in numerous instances of violence and alleged law-breaking, including the January 6 insurrection.
Other Republican officials have appeared on the Patriots’ Soapbox network, including Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Jody Hice (R-GA), and Burgess Owens (R-UT). Pennsylvania state Rep. Doug Mastriano (R) also went on The Common Sense Show.