Patrick Byrne, former Overstock CEO and a key player in the election denial movement, suggested in an online stream that he has collaborated with a QAnon influencer known online as Juan O. Savin.
Byrne, a prominent player pushing false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, was among those who met with then-President Donald Trump on December 18, 2020, to advocate for him to take measures to stay in office and prove supposed voter fraud. Byrne has since continued his election denial activities, including bankrolling the supposed “audit” of votes cast in Maricopa County, Arizona, in the aftermath of the 2020 election. He is also heavily connected to followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory, saying that he has relied on “digital soldiers” for his claims and that he sees them as his allies.
Savin, whose real name is Wayne Willott, is a QAnon influencer who has warned of “civil war” if people “move past” false claims of voter fraud in 2020. He is also part of a coalition to recruit and elect secretary of state candidates around the country who have pushed false voter fraud claims in order to control election administration.
Byrne has previously admitted that he has met with Savin, and Savin has said Byrne has “done stuff with me personally to look at issues going back to the November 3, 2020, situation.” In a July 24 stream, Byrne said that he was “very friendly” with Savin and added, “I spent some good times with [Savin], good, in the lobby of the Trump Hotel. We got to know each other. And then we sat a couple of times in my room.” Byrne suggested that Savin was “instrumental in getting” information to him about supposed voter fraud in Nevada in 2020 and in “getting that early Nevada activity started” regarding efforts to overturn the election results in the state, and he said that Savin was “very helpful.” Byrne has previously said he has donated to the secretary of state candidates coalition and has allegedly met with members of the coalition.