A prominent supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory claimed that the conservative student organization Turning Point USA (TPUSA) approached him to be one of their ambassadors.
Dylan Wheeler, known online as “Educating Liberals,” is a major proponent of the QAnon conspiracy theory, which the FBI has cited as a potential domestic terrorism threat (multiple proponents of the theory have also committed deadly or otherwise violent acts). Wheeler, who also has a history of pushing hoaxes and conspiracy theories and helping with a harassment campaign on social media, helped promote a rally for the conspiracy theory in Washington, D.C., on September 11, where he pushed the “9/11 truth” conspiracy theory.
On the Slightly Sophisticated podcast, Wheeler said that TPUSA “asked me to be an ambassador,” later claiming that he was “the only person I think involved, technically, with Turning Point USA that supports ‘Q’ openly.”
Wheeler also mentioned TPUSA later in the podcast as an aside while he was discussing the “Jewish Question.” The organization has connections to the far-right and to extremist figures, including some who push anti-Semitism.
Contrary to Wheeler’s suggestion, TPUSA has multiple connections to QAnon, with both its founder, Charlie Kirk, and one of its advisory council members, Joel Fischer, pushing false and misleading material from QAnon supporters. One of the people involved with TPUSA’s British branch also promoted the conspiracy theory and wrote on Facebook that “Q IS 100% VALID.”
Later in the episode, Wheeler, while again mentioning TPUSA, discussed the “Jewish Question,” a phrase associated with anti-Semitism, which he later also invoked during the D.C. QAnon rally. (There are connections between the QAnon conspiracy theory and its supporters and anti-Semitism and white nationalism.) From the podcast: