Devin Nunes, a former Republican congressman and the CEO of former President Donald Trump's social media platform Truth Social, appeared on a QAnon-supporting show to promote Trump’s platform and repeatedly lauded the show for “getting the truth out.” His appearance also demonstrated how Rumble can lead users to extreme content, as Nunes said the show’s popularity on the video-sharing platform caught his attention.
On April 14, Nunes appeared on QAnon show X22 Report, whose host is known only as “Dave.” Appearing in front of the Truth Social logo, Nunes bemoaned the “massive scandal” of federal investigations holding up the planned merger of the platform with Digital World Acquisition Corp. — the shell corporation formed to merge with the company running Truth Social — while also expressing gratitude that he had “access to media people” like the host who is “nice enough to have … me come on” to promote Truth Social.
This isn’t the first time a figure related to the proposed Truth Social merger discussed it on a QAnon program; the then-CEO of Digital World Acquisition Corp. went on a QAnon show last fall to advocate for his own shareholders to delay the merger.
Nunes also used the opportunity to praise both Truth Social and the right-wing video-sharing platform Rumble for “blowing up the status quo,” and throughout the interview, Nunes repeatedly praised X22 Report. In one instance, Nunes told the host that when he started using Rumble he saw videos of the show and “every once in a while” would “click on and watch it” because there were “so many people that were watching.” Nunes added that he was “honored to be on” on the show and congratulated “Dave” on their success.
Later, Nunes revealed that he asked Rumble CEO Chris Pavlovski about X22 Report and Pavlovski told him the show is “huge” and has a “massive following” on the platform. Nunes also continued his praise, claiming that the show is “getting the truth out” to “hundreds of thousands of people that are out there following” X22 Report, while arguing that it was “a big problem” that “a lot of the brand advertisers … won’t advertise with X22 Report or Breitbart or Truth Social or Rumble.”
QAnon shows have reportedly ranked “among the most popular on” Rumble, which has featured them on the site’s “Battle Leaderboard Top 50,” and Rumble has been profiting from the shows as ads run alongside them.
Nunes’ appearance on a major QAnon show is just the latest example of the numerous ties between Truth Social and the QAnon community.
Trump himself has repeatedly amplified QAnon accounts and content on the platform, and Nunes and Kash Patel, a former Trump administration official and a member of the platform’s board of directors, repeatedly amplified a Truth Social account called “@Q.” Patel has also associated with and praised the QAnon community, saying that Truth Social tries “to incorporate” QAnon “into our overall messaging scheme to capture audiences.” (Patel has also gone on X22 Report multiple times and praised the show.)
Other Truth Social employees reportedly “boosted QAnon-promoting accounts or shared original QAnon messages,” and one employee dedicated an episode of their podcast to promoting QAnon. Truth Social also has featured QAnon ads and has verified QAnon influencers.