Billings, Mont. – Vice President Mike Pence has canceled plans to attend a Trump campaign fundraiser in Montana, revealing that the host of the event had expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory.
President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign told The Associated Press on Saturday that Pence’s schedule had been changed, but the campaign did not provide any reason or say whether the fundraiser could be held later is. The change comes after the AP reported Wednesday that Cairn and Michael Borland in Bojman, Montana shared Qon memes and retweeted posts from QAN accounts.
The baseless conspiracy theory alleges that Trump is battling a bureaucracy and sex trafficking ring run by pedophiles.
Three Republicans seeking elections in Montana were also scheduled to join the fund: US Sen. Steve Staines, who faces a November challenge from the Democratic village. Steve Bullock; US Rep. Greg Jianfort, a Republican running for governor; And State Auditor Matt Rossendale, a candidate for the US House.
Pence, the Danes and other Republican candidates are still scheduled to hold a campaign rally Monday afternoon in Belgrade, east of Boeingman.
Dines campaign spokesman Julia Doyle said the first-term senator does not know Borlands nor “he knows what QAnon is.” He referred to the question of whether the event would be rescheduled to the Trump campaign.
Borlands has donated more than $ 220,000 to Trump’s reelection bid, most of which was named after Caryn Borland, and he was a guest at the National GOP convention last month.
The QAnon narrative has grown to include other long-running conspiracy theories to gain traction among some extremist Trump supporters. The movement is often compared to the right-wing creed. Some followers have run for office primarily in the Republican Party, although some are independent or run as third-party candidates. Trump has denied calling QAnon a liar.
Pence has said that this is a conspiracy theory and told CBS last month, “I don’t know anything about QAnon, and I dismiss it out of hand.”
Borlands has shared several QAnon social media posts, as well as other maligned intrigues.
Michael Borland displayed several QAnon “Q” logos on his Facebook page. Caryn Borland retweeted or liked QAnon’s Twitter account. In April, she tweeted a Trump supporter answering an emoji with a praying hand for “Always” from a Qion account.
Borlands did not immediately return telephone messages on Saturday.