Republican nominee for Secretary of State Mark Finchem held a fundraiser in California on Sunday, organized by a conspiracy theorist who believes 9/11 was orchestrated by the US government and attended by an influential influencer from QAnon.
Nicole Nogrady, who hosted the event, shared a litany of debunked stories and messages regarding COVID-19, abortion and other lies on her Instagram account.
“They have the public addicted to fetal tissue,” Nogrady said in a post, citing a debunked conspiracy theory that certain foods and drinks are made with aborted fetal tissue. “Cannibalism is addictive, which is why people are getting addicted to these mainstream company products.”
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Nogrady also believes that planes spray chemicals to geoengineer the world, a long-debunked conspiracy called “chemtrails.”
On September 11, Nogrady also posted on Trump’s Truth Social Twitter account his beliefs that the attack that claimed the lives of 2,977 people 21 years prior was carried out by the “deep state.”
“On the day (9/11) the Deep State took the lives of thousands and changed the course of American history,” Nogrady said. “Since that day, the same people who orchestrated the event have worked hard behind the scenes to create their ‘One World Gov’t’ and have divided us more than EVER before.”
On its website, Nogrady republished the Zeitgeist conspiracy theory moviewhich also claims that the 9/11 attacks were orchestrated by the United States government, among a litany of other claims.
But Nogrady was far from the only conspiratorial participant on Sunday.
Video of the event shows that conspiracy theory language and rhetoric were front and center. A song called “WWG1WGA,” Which one is the QAnon Sloganwas sung live by the artist who wrote it.
Also in attendance was Jordan Sather, an influential QAnon influencer. Sather posted photos from the event on social media that showed “let’s go Brandon” themed red wine at the tables, as well as photos of him with disgraced former Army General Mike Flynn and Steve Bannon, who was a top adviser to Donald Trump in 2016.
Sather has long been active in conspiracy theory circles, including appearing in a film called “above majesticin which he claims aliens were behind 9/11, among many other false and dubious claims. In an interview with comedian Jim Jefferies, Sather also alleged that Democratic politicians use “adrenochrome», a suspected drug harvested from the blood of children. There is no evidence to support the claim.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sather also encouraged his supporters to drink a solution he called the “miracle mineral solution” which was basically bleach, to ward off COVID-19. Sather was responsible for much of the trending posts regarding the solution and misinformation, according to report by rolling stone.
Ingestion of MMS can cause vomiting and diarrhea, and researchers have also found that it can be fatal. The The FDA has warned against its use and the the makers of it have been criminally charged to market it as a COVID-19 cure.
Flynn is also a QAnon and conspiracy theorist. He is one of main purveyors of electoral negationismfrom QAnon communities, and wore a “WWG1WGA” wristband in the movie “The Deep Rig”.
Flynn got rich playing in the QAnon conspiracyselling “digital soldier” merchandise that resonates with the QAnon crowd, who often refer to themselves as such. Flynn also took the “Digital Soldier’s Oathand he often helps fund “citizen journalists” in the QAnon world. He also contributed to funding Arizona’s “audit” effort.
Bannon, Trump’s former adviser, also often pushes unfounded conspiracy theories and invite other conspiracy theorists and extremists on his podcast. Finchem is a regular guest on Bannon’s show.
Finchem did not respond to multiple requests for comment asking if he was aware of the beliefs of any of his fundraiser’s speakers or hosts and whether he held similar beliefs.
Finchem held a similar fundraiser earlier this year for its non-profit which featured an election conspiracy theorist Seth Kesselcriminally charged Tina Peters, Mesa County Clerk and a disgraced former FBI agent who leads an anti-Muslim group who asserted that “Communists and Islamists” “are working together to destroy America”.
Finchem had originally planned to hold his fundraiser in Newport, Calif., but the venue was changed, with conflicting reports on the reason for the change. Sather said the venue change was due to alleged death threats. In a video posted by Nogrady, Flynn said the venue was canceled the event, but he made no mention of death threats.
A website set up by the campaign for the event said the event had not been canceled, but the location would not be revealed until tickets were purchased. Tickets cost between $300 and $5,300 for the event.