DeAnna Lorraine Thinks Miami Condo Collapse Was 'Deep State Operation'

A QAnon conspiracy theorist who previously ran for congress has made baseless claims that the condo tower which recently collapsed in Miami, Florida, was actually purposely demolished to target associates of recently deceased antivirus software entrepreneur John McAfee.

DeAnna Lorraine, who unsuccessfully tried to unseat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from her California District 12 seat in 2020, made a number of falsehoods and wild conspiracies while appearing on the right-wing Stew Peters Show on June 25.

Among some of the claims was that the collapse of the 12-story Champlain Towers South on June 24, which has left at least 12 people dead and 149 people still accounted for, was done on purpose, linking it to the conspiracy that New York's World Trade Center was blown up rather than collapsing following a targeted terrorist attack.

Lorraine also said, without evidence, that McAfee may have been targeted by the "satanic" deep state because of information he claimed to have had on file which would expose corruption in governments.

"Let's just go over the facts, I mean, buildings do not just fall like that," Lorraine said. "They just don't fall in one fell swoop either. The only time I've ever seen that was at 9/11. And we all know that building didn't just spontaneously fall either. This was a demolition."

Lorraine and Peters then speculated that McAfee, 75, who was found dead in a Barcelona jail from a suspected suicide on June 23, has links to the condo, repeating baseless claims from social media sites such as Gab that his son may live there.

Lorraine said: "Someone important was in that building that they didn't want there. We know how the deep state operates. It's not a conspiracy theory. It's true, because it's proven true over and over again, they're dirty, they're satanic, and they're disgusting."

There are countless articles reporting that there were structural concerns about the building that collapsed in Florida, but QAnon conspiracy theorist DeAnna Lorraine insists "this was a deep state operation": "Someone important was in the building that they didn't want there."

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Lorraine added: "I believe that this is a deep state operation. If John McAfee was an intelligent man, and he was, he would have had these terabytes of information in not just his own hands, but I'm sure he's put the copies of those terabytes of information in other places.

"And if he maybe put them and gave copies to his sons or his relatives, it would make sense that the deep state would want not only John McAfee dead, but anyone that they suspect has that information. It's pretty damn obvious."

Following McAfee's death, QAnon supporters and other conspiracy theorists suggested that he didn't actually kill himself, or that his death would result in a so-called dead man's switch—a term used when a device or computer software activates itself when its owner dies—getting initiated.

The conspiracy theorists pointed to past tweets of McAfee in which he stated he has no intention of taking his own life, and claims he possessed incriminating files to back up the suggestions.

"I've collected files on corruption in governments. For the first time, I'm naming names and specifics. I'll begin with a corrupt CIA agent and two Bahamian officials. Coming today. If I'm arrested or disappear, 31+ terabytes of incriminating data will be released to the press," McAfee tweeted on June 9, 2019.

There is no evidence to suggest any of McAfee's family or associates were in the Champlain Towers South at the time it collapsed.

Investigations are underway to determine what caused the building to fall, with reports suggesting the structural damage first reported in 2018 may have played a part.

The report by Morabito Consultants, a structural engineering firm, found that there was "abundant cracking and spalling of varying degrees" in the concrete columns, beams and walls of the building's parking garage, "major structural damage to the concrete structural slab" that held up the ground-floor pool deck.

According to an April letter by the president of the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association, obtained by USA Today, damage to the building's basement garage had "gotten significantly worse" since the 2018 inspection and deterioration of the building's concrete was "accelerating."

As noted by Right Wing Watch, who posted the clip of Lorraine onto Twitter, the conspiracy theorist previously speculated that "huge buildings don't just 'fall down' randomly" in a post on Gab.

"Every right-wing conspiracy theory starts the same way: *I* don't understand how this thing could have happened, *so what really happened?*," Right Wing Watch tweeted.

Champlain Towers South conspiracy
Search and Rescue teams look for possible survivors in the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building on June 29. A QAnon supporter has claimed that tower was purposely demolished to target associates of John McAfee. CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images