Lansing – Representative of Michigan. Daire Rendon, a Republican from Lake City, wore a button to a meeting outside Capitol Tuesday which had an American flag with a gold “Q” on it, a letter that became a symbol of the right-wing movement movement doctrine.
Asked if the button belonged to the QAnon group, Rendon, chairman of the House Insurance Board, replied, “That’s the flag with Q on it.” If that is what “Q” says, he replied, “The ‘Q’ is the highest security in the federal government. … That’s right.”
Rendon appeared to reject the button that was targeting QAnon, which is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a “web of right-wing internet conspiracy theorists” who “falsely claim that the world is run by a secret cabal of Satan worshipers. And are planning to attack” former President Donald Trump.
The “Q” in QAnon also refers to the “Q level approval,” the highest-secret clearance level within the US Department of Energy, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
State Rep. Money Manoogian, a Democrat from Birmingham, said on Twitter that Rendon once wore a button.
“The first time I saw him dressed under the House I was shocked,” Manoogian sent.
QAnon images are often seen in groups at Trump’s events campaign. On Tuesday afternoon, supporters of a bid to scrutinize Michigan’s 2020 election held a rally on Capitol lawn. Rendon was one of the speakers at the rally, which attracted hundreds of people.
Some Trump supporters say there was widespread fraud in last year’s vote. However, Democrat Joe Biden defeated Mr. Trump by 155 votes to 30 percent in Michigan, the result of which was the result of many previous polls, court decisions and investigations by the GOP-Senate Oversight Committee.
During his speech, Rendon asked why some did not want to see “evidence” of electoral fraud in the 2020 vote. In an interview, Rendon said evidence shows that voting machines were “accessible” and could have been stolen. Asked if this indicates there was a theft, Rendon said the machines’ “logs” would need to be inspected.
“I haven’t seen the logs yet or I can’t count them,” Rendon said. “I’m not an IT specialist.
In December, Rendon was one of two GOP members of Michigan House listed among the plaintiffs in unsuccessful courts that aimed to get parliamentary constituencies to finalize the outcome of the presidential election.