Gosar mistakenly retweets QAnon ‘clue’




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    Congressman Paul Gosar said he unwittingly retweeted a so-called clue related to the QAnon conspiracy theory while questioning why the FBI hasn’t investigated what he considers an “illegal coup” against President Donald Trump.

    A Twitter account called Majestic 12 tweeted a message early Monday morning with the number 1827, stating, “Big week coming up” and, “See something, say something.” The tweet linked a section on the FBI’s website where people can submit tips.

    Gosar retweeted the message to his roughly 13,000 followers later in the day, saying he has a tip that “high level FBI agents may have colluded with British agents and Democrat operatives to initiate an illegal coup against” Trump. He added: “I mean at least this bears a cursory review. Perhaps. Maybe.” 

    He said his intent was to sarcastically share the link to the FBI tip line.

    The number 1827 refers to a “clue” from QAnon. Will Sommer of the The Daily Beast, who has reported on QAnon, described clue 1827 as a video of the comic book character Deadpool “eating popcorn because he’s excited for Democrats to get arrested.” 

    The QAnon conspiracy theory holds that a person or people within the U.S. government, known only as Q, is leaving clues on internet forums about a nefarious “deep state” plot against Trump, whom the theory portrays as seeking to root out a cabal of pedophiles and child sex traffickers who hold power at the highest levels of government. 

    The FBI recently described QAnon as a potential domestic terrorism threat

    Tom Van Flein, Gosar’s chief of staff, said the congressman’s tweet was about the FBI tips website, not QAnon. He said Gosar did not realize that the Majestic 12 tweet was related to the QAnon conspiracy theory, and said the congressman was, in fact, generally unfamiliar with the theory.

    “This tweet was about the FBI tip line. Not QAnon,” Van Flein told the Arizona Mirror via text message. “He’s not aware of QAnon and is not retweeting that. It was the link to the FBI tip line.”

    Gosar followed up with another tweet saying that some people are “missing the sarcasm here.” He linked to a copy of the Mueller report, pointing out that it begins with 2016 meeting between then-Trump campaign adviser George Papodopoulos and an agent of a foreign government regarding possible assistance that Russia could provide to the campaign. 

    “We assumed it was some kind of tip. Maybe it’s not. We don’t follow this theory. But we added our tip to the tip line. It was sarcasm since everybody knows mueller (sic) chose to ignore this meeting and the British involvement,” Gosar told the Arizona Mirror via direct message on Twitter.

    Jeremy Duda
    Associate Editor Jeremy Duda is a Phoenix native and began his career in journalism in 2003 after graduating from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the Arizona Mirror, he worked at the Arizona Capitol Times, where he spent eight years covering the Governor's Office and two years as editor of the Yellow Sheet Report. Before that, he wrote for the Hobbs News-Sun of Hobbs, NM, and the Daily Herald of Provo, Utah. Jeremy is also the author of the history book “If This Be Treason: the American Rogues and Rebels Who Walked the Line Between Dissent and Betrayal.”

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