RNC cancels Mary Ann Mendoza despite apology for anti-Semitic QAnon conspiracy tweet: 'GOP doesn't vet speakers'

Activist Mary Ann Mendoza who was scheduled to speak at the RNC on August 25 had retweeted about anti-Semitic conspiracy theories


                            RNC cancels Mary Ann Mendoza despite apology for anti-Semitic QAnon conspiracy tweet: 'GOP doesn't vet speakers'
Donald Trump and Mom Mary Ann Mendoza (Getty Images)

Activist Mary Ann Mendoza who was scheduled to speak at the Republican National Convention on August 25 has been removed after she tweeted (which is now deleted) about an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory. According to NBC News she had tweeted, "Do yourself a favor and read this thread” and listed a series of tweets about a 100-year-old Jewish plot to run the world which added to few QAnon conspiracies and touched on everything from the Titanic to Hillary Clinton. However, the report states that she apologized for her tweet before she was scheduled to speak at the RNC. She wrote: "I retweeted a very long thread earlier without reading every post within the thread. My apologies for not paying attention to the intent of the whole message. That does not reflect my feelings or personal thoughts whatsoever.”



 

However, she was removed from the speakers' list at RNC. As quoted in the NBC report, campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh confirmed, "We have removed the scheduled video from the convention lineup and it will no longer run this week." No reason was given. The organizers had already released a copy of her prepared speech which was supposed to be embargoed until her appearance.

According to the report, QAnon is a conspiracy theory that features a variety of claims around a belief that POTUS is conducting a secret war against a Democratic and Hollywood elite cabal of child abusers. As per the report, the FBI, last year, had stated that their theories are likely to "motivate some domestic extremists". The report further states that talking about the group last week Trump had said, "I've heard these are people who love our country." But he did clarify that he didn't know much about the movement “other than I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate".

According to the report, Mendoza was going to speak about her late son, who was killed in an accident involving a drunk driver who was in the country illegally. The report quotes that she was going to say, "President Donald Trump is the first political leader we've ever seen take on the radical Left to finally secure our border and to end illegal immigration since day one. I’ve met him many times and I know what’s in his heart."

Twitter weighed in on the news. One user alleged, "A GOP hate Convention Speaker named Mary Ann Mendoza has been pulled as a speaker tonight at the very last minute for retweeting anti-Semitic QAnon conspiracies. She was on the board of 'We Build The Wall', the money laundering fraud scheme Steve Bannon was arrested for."



 

Another said, "Would love to see Ted come out and condemn Mary Ann Mendoza, all of the 2020 Qanon cranks, and talk about the impact of the Lily White Movement on his party. But he's probably say the Lily White Movement was just leftist false flag sophistry or some contrite bulls**t like that."



 

Another said, "Mary Ann Mendoza lasted two days as a scheduled speaker at the Republican National Convention, or about 1/5 of a Scaramucci."



 

Another said, "Wow, Mary Ann Mendoza has other bats**t crazy anti-Semitic conspiracy tweets in her history, beyond the one she tweeted today. Looks like the @GOPconvention didn’t vet its speakers very thoroughly."



 

Another stated, "RNC speaker Mary Ann Mendoza tweeted this morning a conspiracy theory that 'Jews are enslaving goyim.' This is the party of Trump folks."



 

In 2019, FOX 10 had reported that Mendoza had courted controversy with Twitter officials. They had alleged that Mendoza used hate speech in her tweets and had said they will not unlock her account until she deletes them. The tweets were reportedly on Mendoza's displeasure about the way lawmakers were handling issues at the border. The report quotes her saying, "I refuse to remove those posts." Mendoza had also claimed that she may take legal action against Twitter at that time. The report further states that she is listed as a consultant on the website of 'We Build The Wall'. Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and three others are accused of defrauding donors of hundreds of thousands of dollars raised via a crowdfunding campaign called 'We Build the Wall' that raised over $25M.

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