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QAnon Women in Politics Part One: The QAnon Candidates

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Blyth Crawford, Marc-Andre Argentino

Original languageEnglish
TypeOnline Miniseries
PublisherGlobal Network on Extremism and Technology
Published2021

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Abstract

The 2020 United States election marked QAnon’s formal entry in the American political arena, and women were at the forefront of the movement. While prior to this, former president Donald Trump had been frequently accused of indirectly encouraging or endorsing support for QAnon, as reported by Alex Kaplan, the US general election saw 97 candidates running for office with ties to the conspiracy theory, of which 37 were female.

Of these female Q-supporting candidates, 16 qualified to be on the ballot in the November general election after competing in primary elections or having fulfilled other requirements to be featured on the ballot. Of these 16, 12 were Republican candidates running for Congress – two others ran for Senate, one as a write-in candidate and one as a candidate for the Independent Party of Delaware.

This meant, that of the record 94 female Republican Congressional candidates in the 2020 election, just over one in seven espoused some degree of public support for QAnon. Furthermore, the only two Q-supporting candidates to win Congressional seats – Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, and Lauren Boebert of Colorado – were both women.

These statistics are important. Not only are women historically underrepresented in politics, but in extremist movements they are also often relegated to supporting roles, or their involvement with the group may be understudied. Thus, the number of women at the very forefront of the QAnon extremist movement is both unusual and significant.

This Insight – the first of a two-part miniseries on QAnon women in politics – will examine the score of women who ran for Congress in 2020 while promoting or endorsing QAnon. It will analyse the different ways in which they mobilised their support for QAnon during their political campaigns and examine the various narratives around which they converged.

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