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House approves measure condemning QAnon, but 17 Republicans vote against it

The House passed a bipartisan resolution condemning the sprawling QAnon conspiracy theory, though 17 Republican lawmakers voted against the measure in the 371-18 vote. 

The GOP lawmakers voting "no" were Reps. Jodey ArringtonJodey Cook ArringtonTo encourage innovation, Congress should pass two bills protecting important R&D tax provision House passes bills providing citizenship path for Dreamers, farmworkers NRCC finance chair: Republicans who voted for Trump impeachment will not be penalized MORE (Texas), Brian Babin (Texas), Rob BishopRobert (Rob) William BishopGOP's Westerman looks to take on Democrats on climate change House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Westerman tapped as top Republican on House Natural Resources Committee | McMorris Rodgers wins race for top GOP spot on Energy and Commerce | EPA joins conservative social network Parler MORE (Utah), Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - World mourns the death of Prince Philip The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Trump faces test of power with early endorsements MORE (Ala.), Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessAmericans have decided to give professionals a chance Six ways to visualize a divided America Capitol Police tribute turns political MORE (Texas), Buddy CarterEarl (Buddy) Leroy CarterHouse Republican calls MLB 'absolutely pathetic' for moving All-Star Game NRCC finance chair: Republicans who voted for Trump impeachment will not be penalized House GOP campaign arm rolls out new leadership team MORE (Ga.), Warren DavidsonWarren Earl DavidsonBoehner finally calls it as he sees it The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Back to the future on immigration, Afghanistan, Iran Ambitious House lawmakers look for promotions MORE (Ohio), Jeff DuncanJeffrey (Jeff) Darren DuncanGeorgia county says removal of All-Star Game will cost tourism 0M GOP senators push to end MLB antitrust status Trump calls for boycott of MLB for moving All-Star Game MORE (S.C.), Drew FergusonAnderson (Drew) Drew FergusonTornado leaves at least 1 dead in Newnan, Georgia GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 GOP sees path to House majority in 2022 MORE (Ga.), Bill FloresWilliam (Bill) Hose FloresThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Calls mount to start transition as Biden readies Cabinet picks Hillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones House approves measure condemning QAnon, but 17 Republicans vote against it MORE (Texas), Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarTaylor Greene defends 'America First' effort, pushes back on critics Freedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' Kinzinger: Republicans who join 'America First' caucus should be stripped of committees MORE (Ariz.), Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingRep. Gosar denounces 'white racism' after controversial appearance In Marjorie Taylor Greene, a glimpse of the future House votes to kick Greene off committees over embrace of conspiracy theories MORE (Iowa), Mike KellyGeorge (Mike) Joseph KellyGOP lawmakers raise concerns about child tax credit expansion Republican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC Supreme Court won't review Pennsylvania GOP election lawsuits MORE (Pa.), Ralph NormanRalph Warren NormanOvernight Energy: EPA pledges new focus on environmental justice | Republicans probe EPA firing of Trump-appointed science advisers | Biden administration asks court to toss kids' climate lawsuit Republicans probe EPA firing of Trump-appointed science advisers Republican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC MORE (S.C.), Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryUS Chamber enters hostile takeover by crony capitalists 14 Republicans vote against resolution condemning Myanmar military coup New Democratic super PAC to target swing-district Republicans over vote to overturn election MORE (Pa.), Thomas Tiffany (Wis.) and Daniel WebsterDaniel Alan WebsterMellman: A Republican betrayal Bottom line Republican senators and courage MORE (Fla.).

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashBiden: 'Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK' Battle rages over vaccine passports Republicans eye primaries in impeachment vote MORE (L-Mich.), who used to be a Republican, also voted against the resolution. 

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Another GOP lawmaker, Rep. Andy HarrisAndrew (Andy) Peter HarrisEthics panel upholds metal detector fines totaling K against Rep. Clyde Ethics upholds Gohmert's ,000 metal detector fine 14 Republicans vote against resolution condemning Myanmar military coup MORE (Md.), voted present. 

President TrumpDonald TrumpDC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is Biden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' Taylor Greene defends 'America First' effort, pushes back on critics MORE has not condemned the QAnon conspiracy, which revolves around the baseless theory that Trump and his allies are working to expose a cabal of Democrats, media figures and celebrities who are running an international child trafficking ring.

As unhinged as the conspiracy is, it has gained steam in conservative circles and several Republicans running for the House this year have backed the theory, including Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who is expected to win her general election race this November. 

Greene has been praised effusively by Trump and backed by Republican leadership despite her supportive comments about QAnon and a history of racist and anti-Semitic comments.

The measure condemning QAnon was sponsored by Reps. Denver RigglemanDenver RigglemanTrump the X-factor in Virginia governor race Ex-Trump press secretary criticized for stirring up QAnon on Twitter House GOP lawmaker unexpectedly shakes up Senate trial MORE (R-Va.) and Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiAnti-Trump foreign policy group releases lawmaker rankings on global affairs Mo Brooks calls Capitol rioters 'fools' House lawmakers fired up for hearing with tech CEOs MORE (D-N.J.). 

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"QAnon and other conspiracy theories and movements that dehumanize people or political groups, incite violence or violent threats and destroy faith and trust in our democratic institutions must be identified, condemned and exposed through facts,” Riggleman told The Hill. 

“The First Amendment is a powerful weapon. Turning that weapon on those who use fantasies as a menacing grift is the responsibility of reasonable citizens, legislators and executives.”

The QAnon theory is considered a serious threat, and has been tied to multiple instances of criminal activity.

Besides Greene, several other House GOP candidates have also expressed openness to the QAnon theory, including Lauren Boebert in Colorado, Burgess Owens in Utah, Mike Cargile and Erin Cruz in California, and Illinois's Theresa Raborn. 

The Freedom Caucus-affiliated House Freedom Fund, for example, has endorsed and directed funding toward Greene, Boebert and Owens.

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Greene and Boebert have both attempted to distance themselves from the theory since winning their primaries. Experts studying QAnon have said while those walk-backs are expected, they'll do little to convince the theory’s adherents that the candidates aren’t on their side.

While most Republicans have clearly condemned the theory, they have also sought to distract from it by pointing to allegations of violence by left-wing activists.

An amendment offered by Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) to include language in the measure condemning violence committed by antifa was voted down in the House Rules Committee.

Antifa, short for anti-fascist, refers to a loose collection of primarily leftist activists. The movement has been a preferred target of Trump as the source of violence and property destruction at anti-police brutality protests despite no evidence linking the two.

FBI Director Christopher Wray in a hearing earlier this month pointed out that the term refers to an ideology, not an organization. QAnon, on the other hand, has been directly linked to violence.

The resolution adopted Thursday cites numerous examples of violence and criminal activity seen from QAnon supporters and calls for federal law enforcement and the FBI to allocate more resources toward countering conspiracy-driven extremism. 

The FBI has labeled the conspiracy theory a potential domestic terrorism threat, and it has been linked to kidnapping, terrorism and murder.

An earlier version of this story misstated the number of GOP lawmakers who voted no. It was 17 Republicans, and one Libertarian member.