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QAnon Is Backing These Secretary of State Candidates in 2024 Master Plan


Speaking to a crowd at the Holiday Inn in Clearwater, Florida, QAnon influencer Juan O. Savin described his weekly routine.

“On Friday morning, I had a call with all my contenders from around the country,” Savin told Truth Tour 2 attendees on October 14. “Some people don’t know. , I actually have the largest pool of candidates in the country. : candidate coalition, secretary of state, governor, attorney general, all that.”

He then began a tortuous tale of election fraud, his plan to do a “Fallujah”-like military campaign on DC, and his claim to “actually have more Trump Points than any other.” any other living person on the planet.”

Savin, real name Wayne Willott, is a longtime conspiracy theorist who changed his name to his current moniker (a reference to QAnon) with the rise of the QAnon conspiracy theory. Some misogynists believe that Savin is JFK Jr.

But another right-wing group also took cues from Savin. He is the founder of the First Alliance of American Secretaries of State (AFSOSC), an organization that works to put candidates who refuse to vote in charge of state elections. Just weeks into the midterms, a number of AFSOS-backed candidates are still at an impasse with Savin and his allies, even as other Republicans move away from members of staff. object associated with QAnon.

The secretaries of the states help administer the elections and certify the election results of their states. After Donald Trump refused to accept his 2020 defeat, election deniers on the right saw the role of secretary of state as a possible way to force the Republican Party to win.

Jim Marchant, a Nevada secretary of state, appeared to preview the plan in a speech this month, claiming no evidence had uncovered a “rigged election” against Trump. .

“When I’m the secretary of state for Nevada, we’re going to fix it, and when my coalition of secretary of state candidates across the country is elected, we’re going to fix the entire country and President Trump will become the President. again in 2024,” Marchant said.

Marchant’s alliance was the AFSOSC, which he founded with Savin. Marchant describes a partnership formed after he lost a congressional bid, which he blamed on voter fraud.

“I won election day, I won the mail-in vote” Marchant said in a speech at the Patriot Double Down conference affiliated with QAnon last October. “After just two weeks of rigging mailed ballots, I lost. So November 4th I went to work. I got a room in the Venice hotel across the hall from Trump’s attorneys and the Trumps who have come to start investigating voter fraud here in Nevada. Guess who showed up in my room? It will blow you away. You saw him on Saturday, you saw him yesterday. Juan O. Savin. “

Savin, in his October 14 speech, said he and Marchant had been trying to overturn Marchant’s loss. But when that failed, they turned their eyes to the role of secretary of state — not just in Nevada, but nationally.

“The first candidate I brought in was Jim Marchant,” says Savin. “I helped him legally. He ran in Las Vegas to represent the United States and his election he lost. We fought it legally because we said something was wrong. The staff didn’t see it that way. So we couldn’t reverse the situation in the vote and look at it, so I said, ‘The Secretary of State is doing all sorts of weird stuff here. We really need to pursue that position. ”

Although Savin’s origins are on the fringes (he’s a QAnon influencer who a court once deemed “reliable” enough to investigate insurance claimants), his partnership with Marchant was anything but minor.

The AFSOSC page calls for donations through another group run by Marchant, Conservatives for Election Integrity. That PAC has raised over $400,000 since the start of the year, Recent financial records show. One of CFEI’s biggest donors is Project America, a group co-founded by election deniers and Trump friends Michael Flynn and Patrick Byrne. (CFEI spent nearly $170,000 on a Las Vegas contractor that announced the recruitment of Proud Boys attended a rally outside a Nevada vote center just days after the 2020 vote, OpenSecrets reported.)

Meanwhile, AFSOSC is backing candidates in many tight races, in swing states where a partisan secretary of state could change the shape of future elections. Some of the candidates were people who actively participated in events with Savin and other conspiracy theorists.

The day after his speech in Florida, Savin attended the “New Mexico Election Integrity Forum” hosted by Lara Logan. Also in attendance (in person or virtually) were Marchant, New Mexico Secretary of State Candidate Audrey Trujillo, Arizona Secretary of State Candidate Mark Finchem and Michigan Secretary of State Candidate Kristina Karamo. All of them are AFSOSC candidates who have come up with conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.

All four candidates encouraged voter denialism in their speeches at the event, with Trujillo advocating voting at the ballot boxes and Finchem, who favored an election “audit”. 2020 bogus election in his state, suggesting that “maybe it’s time to see a series of -aways to Gitmo.”

Finchem credited AFSOSC with a new strategy to stop discussing “election fraud” and start using the term “election tampering” “because we have to prove fraud. This is about spoofing the election.” At that moment, the audio of his video call was cut off. “The deep state doesn’t want to hear us talk,” he said, laughing as the sound returned.

The nominees also commend AFSOSC, Savin and Logan, who have spent recent weeks moving to more explicitly promote QAnon. Less than a week after the forum, Logan was was dropped and condemned by the far-right news channel Newsmax after she claimed that “open borders are Satan’s way of controlling the world.” She later described opponents “who want us to eat insects and cockroaches and that sort of thing, while they eat and drink with children’s blood.” The comments are reminiscent of claims common in QAnon and anti-conspiracy circles.

But Savin, the founder of AFSOSC, often goes further in promoting his conspiracy theories. During his speech at the Truth Tour, a day before the candidate forum, Savin described a plan for Trump in which the president would first work with Air Force One and separate DC with Concertina wires. “just like they did in Fallujah.” After ordering everyone to evacuate and showing, “whoever remains in the city after three days, you are the enemy’s warrior. We will come pick you up. You can come out or we can blow you away, we can pull you out, you’re going to get out of there one way or another, and that’s how it’s going to be in DC, isn’t it? […] Redirect the Potomac, flooding the city. It’s the swamp. “

Savin also alluded to a conspiracy theory, increasingly popular in QAnon circles, that the national shutdown would delay the 2022 election, in which case Trump fans would have to act warrior.

Despite the reluctance of far-right agencies like Newsmax to pitch certain conspiracy theories, some Savin-backed candidates still stand a big chance in their election next month. Marchant has constantly probing first of Democratic rival Cisco Aguilar. A survey from Arizona’s Family and HighGround in mid-October was found Finchem voted one point ahead of the state’s Democratic candidate.

After Savin concluded on George Soros at the October 15 candidate forum, Trujillo took back the microphone.

“Listen to it to Juan O. Savin,” she told the crowd. “Is he cool?”

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