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The GOP’s Conspiracy Theorist Problem

Posted on AllSides July 10th, 2020
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The Republican Party let out a collective sigh of relief when Steve King—a soon-to-be-former Iowa congressman known for his racist and nativist rhetoric—lost his re-election primary in early June. But Republicans are still in a bind. In a partisan political climate that has sown the seeds for fringe candidates to win elections, the GOP is struggling to distance itself from conspiracy-mongering nominees without surrendering key districts to Democratic opponents.

Much of this can be traced to the QAnon conspiracy theory. Back in 2016, “Pizzagate” gained national attention when a...

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