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Trump again refuses to denounce QAnon

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

GREENVILLE, NC - OCTOBER 15: President Donald Trump makes remarks about the media during a Make America Great Again rally at the Pitt-Greenville Airport on October 15, 2020 in Greenville, North Carolina. Thousands of people joined to listen to the president 19 days before the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump doubled down on his refusal to denounce QAnon conspiracy theorists, saying in a nationally televised town hall Thursday night that "they are very much against pedophilia" and he agrees with that sentiment.

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump doubled down on his refusal to denounce QAnon conspiracy theorists, saying in a nationally televised town hall Thursday night that "they are very much against pedophilia" and he agrees with that sentiment.

In a heated exchange, NBC News' Savannah Guthrie asked Trump if he could state that the prevailing conspiracy devised by QAnon was not true.

"I know nothing about QAnon," Trump responded.

QAnon's main conspiracy theories -- none based in fact -- claim dozens of Satan-worshipping politicians and A-list celebrities work in tandem with governments around the globe to engage in child sex abuse.

During the town hall, the President also tried to separate himself from his recent retweet of a conspiracy theory from an account linked to QAnon, which baselessly claimed that former Vice President Joe Biden orchestrated to have Seal Team Six killed to cover up the fake death of al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden.

"I know nothing about it," Trump claimed.

Trump has frequently used his social media platform to promote various QAnon-associated accounts and their related theories.

"I don't know much about the movement other than I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate," Trump said in August.

"I have heard that it's gaining in popularity," Trump said, suggesting QAnon followers approved of how he'd handled social unrest in places such as Portland, Oregon.

In August, Twitter removed a false claim about coronavirus death statistics that Trump had retweeted.

And Facebook said earlier this month that it will ban any pages, groups, and Instagram accounts representing the conspiracy theory QAnon from its platform.

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