Trump tags QAnon account in calling for voter ID law

President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers release defense bill with parental leave-for-Space-Force deal House Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment Tuesday Houston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence MORE on Tuesday tagged a Twitter account associated with the QAnon conspiracy theory as he renewed calls to expand voter identification laws.

"We should immediately pass Voter ID ... to insure the safety and sanctity of our voting system. Also, Paper Ballots as backup (old fashioned but true!). Thank you!" Trump tweeted.

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The president tagged an account with a little more than 2,000 followers that has expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory. The theory, which started on internet message boards, promotes various baseless allegations, including that there is a "deep state" plot against Trump and that Democrats are part of a pedophile cult.

QAnon gained increased attention in 2018 after some attendees of a Trump rally held up posters and cutout letters promoting the theory.

The White House did not immediately respond to questions about whether Trump intentionally tagged the account.

Trump has periodically called for stricter voter ID laws, which advocates warn could restrict ballot access in low-income communities, students and people of color.

The president floated the idea at multiple campaign rallies leading up to last year's midterm elections.

At a rally in Florida, the president claimed that buying groceries require photo ID and therefore voting should require similar standards.

Trump has also as recently as last week spread the false claim that immigrants living illegally in the U.S. vote in large numbers. He has repeatedly blamed his popular vote loss in 2016 on unfounded claims of voter fraud.

Trump's Tuesday tweet comes amid a renewed sense of urgency from some lawmakers to strengthen election security in the wake of former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE's testimony, where he warned that Russia and others will try and meddle in U.S. elections. 

Trump earlier Tuesday defended Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments GOP senators worry Trump made 'problematic' concessions in trade deal MORE (R-Ky.) amid criticism for blocking election security bills from getting a vote.