McCarthy on QAnon: 'I don't even know what it is'

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyKinzinger: Republicans who join 'America First' caucus should be stripped of committees McCarthy: GOP not the party of 'nativist dog whistles' Pro-Trump lawmakers form caucus promoting 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MORE (R-Calif.) claimed to not know what the QAnon conspiracy theory entails on Wednesday during a press conference, despite his own disavowal of the theory by name last year.

Speaking to reporters ahead of a House vote Thursday to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneRep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida QAnon site shutters after reports identifying developer Republicans head to runoff in GA-14 MORE (R-Ga.) from her committee assignments, the GOP leader mispronounced the theory's name, calling it "Q-on," before saying "I don't even know what it is."

"Denouncing Q-on, I don't know if I say it right, I don't even know what it is," McCarthy said.


The GOP leader noted that Greene had apologized for some of her comments during a caucus meeting Wednesday with House Republicans.

"She said she knew nothing about lasers, or all the different things that have been brought up about her," McCarthy added, apparently referring to reporting from CNN indicating that Greene had indicated support for a theory that claimed a space-based laser was responsible for California's wildfires.

McCarthy's office did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.


The California Republican previously denounced the QAnon conspiracy theory by name during a Fox News interview last August in response to Greene's victory in Georgia's Republican primary.

“Let me be very clear," McCarthy said last year. "There is no place for QAnon in the Republican Party. I do not support it and the candidate you talked about has denounced it."

The unfounded theory has posited that former President TrumpDonald TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report MORE and allies worked to expose a group of Democrats, celebrities and media figures operating a global child trafficking ring.

The House is voting Thursday on whether to remove Greene from her committee assignments over her past support for QAnon and other controversial comments, with Democrats and some Republicans expected to vote in favor of her removal.

CNN and other media outlets have recently uncovered a number of controversial remarks from Greene from before she entered office. She was also seen on video following a teenage Parkland school shooting survivor and gun control activist, David Hogg, and challenging him to debate their opposing views on gun rights.

The Georgia congresswoman apologized for some of her past comments during a House floor speech Thursday, while claiming that the media was guilty of spreading disinformation about her and others.

“I was allowed to believe things that weren’t true, and I would ask questions about them and I would talk about them, and that is absolutely what I regret,” she said during the speech.