Flynn, Papadopoulos to speak at event preparing 'social media warriors' for 'digital civil war'
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Former national security adviser Michael Flynn and ex-Trump campaign adviser George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosFlynn, Papadopoulos to speak at event preparing 'social media warriors' for 'digital civil war' Judge dismisses DNC lawsuit against Trump campaign, Russia over election interference Mueller hearings should lead Democrats to be shocked at abuse of justice system MORE are slated to speak at a social media conference preparing "patriots" for a "digital civil war."

Mother Jones reported Tuesday that the two former Trump advisers are scheduled to attend next month's Digital Soldiers Conference in Atlanta for supporters of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE and other “patriotic social media warriors.” 

The majority of the proceeds from the conference, according to organizers, will go toward Flynn's legal defense fund, helping the former Trump administration official pay off the legal fees accrued as a result of former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE's investigation. Tickets range from $49 to thousands of dollars.


Organizers reportedly urged Trump supporters to attend the conference in order to develop the computer skills necessary for a potential “digital civil war” against “censorship and suppression.”

The event is being organized by Yippy Inc. CEO Rich Granville, an outspoken supporter of the QAnon conspiracy that revolves around unsubstantiated accusations of pedophilia and conspiracy surrounding top Democrats and members of the so-called deep state. Granville confirmed his support for the conspiracy theory in an interview with Mother Jones, but denied that the conference will have anything to do with his views.

“Do I think it’s good for America? Absolutely,” Granville said of the QAnon conspiracy. “Do I think it’s a conspiracy theory? I doubt that.”

“I am with anybody who is with the United States of America, any digital solider [sic], any patriot, any average American who is doing their part to support the president of the United States,” he added.

One image advertising the conference is an American flag with 13 stars arranged into the design of the letter Q, according to Mother Jones.

Conservatives, including Trump, have long criticized social media companies and tech giants, alleging that they censor conservative views on their platforms. Google, Twitter and Facebook have denied those allegations.