Mayra Flores’ victory against Democrat rival Dan Sanchez in Texas’ special election on Tuesday turned the state’s 34th district blue – which, Rolling Stone claims, is significant because Flores “has promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory”. However, Flores told the San Antonio Express-News she’s “always been against any of that”. Here’s what we know.
Mayra Flores says she’s ‘always been against’ QAnon conspiracy theories
On 7 April 2022, the San Antonio Express-News published an article about Mayra Flores’ bid to become the first US congresswoman who was born in Mexico.
It noted Media Matters’ claim that Flores is among 36 QAnon ‘supporters’ running for congress in 2022.
She is now among eight candidates successful in securing a spot on the general election ballot alleged to have “endorsed or given credence at some level” to the conspiracy theory, or “promoted QAnon content”, Media Matters states.
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Media Matters is a media watchdog group. It claims to have collected multiple examples of Mayra Flores sharing the QAnon hashtag (#Q) on Twitter and Facebook. She has also posted the QAnon slogan on Instagram, it writes – on which more below.
Despite the claims, Mayra told the San Antonio Express-News she’s “always been against any of that”. She also said: “I’ve never been supportive of it.”
Some examples of Mayra Flores sharing QAnon hashtag and slogan on social media
She states she has “always been against” QAnon’s ideas and theories. However, Media Matters has identified several examples of Mayra Flores using the movement’s hashtag and slogan in her social media posting.
However, Media Matters said it was able to capture a screenshot of at least one instance of Mayra Flores’ association with QAnon here.
Flores wants to ‘bring back God to the halls of congress’
The newly elected congresswoman wrote on Twitter following her win it would “bring back God to the halls of congress”. Her priorities appear to be: “God, Family, Country.”
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World Population Review describes the US as a “self-described secular state”. However, it adds that the country’s secularism “falls short in actual practice”.
Flores’ reference to bringing back God “to the halls of congress” may suggest a desire to unite church and state.
Any move like that would mean a move away from secularism towards theocracy. Theocracy means “the rule of God” or the rule of religious law.
Examples of modern-day theocracies include the Holy See (Vatican City; Catholic), Afghanistan (Islamic since the Taliban reinstated the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan) and Iran (although its constitution has both theocratic and democratic elements).
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Which other general election candidates have given ‘credence at some level’ to QAnon?
Media Matters lists eight US politicians successful in securing a spot on the general ballot it associates, in some way, with QAnon content and/or conspiracy theories.
They are Mayra Flores and Johnny Teague (Texas), JR Majewski (Ohio), Jo Rae Perkins (Oregon), Mike Cargile (California), Billy Prempeh (New Jersey), Sam Peters (Nevada) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (Georgia).
There are 56 others who have yet to make the ballot but are running for congress. Of 64 congressional hopefuls, 56 are Republicans; one is a member of the American Independent Party; and seven are independents.