Trump endorses QAnon for Arizona Secretary of State

Trump endorses QAnon for Arizona Secretary of State

  • Donald Trump endorsed Arizona state representative Mark Finchem on Tuesday.
  • Finchem is known to be associated with the QAnon conspiracy theory movement and has spoken at a QAnon event.
  • He is in an alliance of MAGA loyalists who are seeking to become state secretaries in various states.

Former President Donald Trump issued an endorsement Tuesday evening of Arizona state representative Mark Finchem, who is running for Arizona secretary of state and is known to be associated with the QAnon conspiracy theory group.

“Mark is tough, strong, and he loves his state,” Trump posted on his Truth social platform, mocking Finchem’s GOP primary opponent Michelle Ugenti-Rita, “never a Trumper” allied with Democrats in the Reno state. The former president has often insulted Republicans who don’t support him.

Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Marc Finchem.

Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Marc Finchem.

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This isn’t the first time Trump has spoken out in support of Finchem. He first did so in September, when he called Finchem a “true fighter”.

Finchem has long supported Trump’s baseless election fraud claims.

He is part of the America First Secretary of State Coalition, which aims to elect “America First” MAGA loyalists to influence election rules in key battleground states. Once elected, these state secretaries will bring sweeping changes to the voting system in their states, according to the agenda on the coalition’s website.

Changes include eliminating early voting, aggressively revamping the voter registration process and removing electronic voting machines.

The coalition encourages conservative donors to support state races outside their home regions to influence the “national balance of power across the country.”

Finchem was also a staunch supporter of the GOP-sanctioned Maricopa County vote audit, which Trump allies hoped would confirm their claims of voter fraud but ultimately resulted in President Joe Biden winning the 2020 election in Arizona by a larger margin than ever before.

Arizona state representatives sold T-shirts reading “#ProveIt” during the audit, claiming that liberal politicians and media outlets were trying to shut down the investigation.

Finchem was also associated with QAnon, a cult-like far-right conspiracy theory movement that indulges in baseless theories such as one that claims Trump is on a secret mission to fight pedophiles in power.

CNN reported last June that Finchem has repeated conspiracy theories from conservative media and has previously supported QAnon.

In October 2021, Finchem spoke at a QAnon rally called the Patriot Double Down.

According to the Arizona Mirror, he refrained from directly mentioning QAnon conspiracy theories, but spoke about claims of election fraud and praised a Mesa County clerk who became a celebrity in the QAnon movement.

He compared the Holocaust to canceling culture at the rally, AZ Mirror reported.

Finchem did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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