Hawaii Republican Party Official Quits After QAnon Defense Posts

The Hawaii Republican Party's vice chair of communications has quit after branding a series of posts about the QAnon conspiracy theory an "error of judgement."

The QAnon theory revolves around the belief that a secret deep-state government of elitists involved in Satan-worship, sex trafficking and pedophilia actually run the world. Its narratives have been largely sparked by an anonymous figure named Q, posting so-called "drops" of information on message boards. Many of those following the theory saw former President Donald Trump as being a savior who would fight against these forces.

A Twitter thread posted by the Hawaii GOP defended those following the theory, stating those who did were "largely motivated by a sincere and deep love for America."

It added that "patriotism and love of County should never be ridiculed."

The posts prompted a backlash from both Democrats and Republicans, with Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) a prominent voice questioning the messaging. The Democratic Party of Hawaii said in a statement: "There is nothing patriotic in defending Q-Anon adherents."

The posts in question were later deleted.

Following this, the Hawaii GOP's vice chair for communications, Edwin Boyette, posted details of his resignation on Facebook.

In a post, seen by Newsweek, Boyette shared his resignation letter in which he wrote: "Discussion of some topics is ill suited to the forums of social media, and regardless of intent - only serves to increase conflict and discord.

"The discussion of the Q-Conspiracy was an error of judgement, and should not reflect upon the leadership or the members of the Republican Party of Hawaii. The responsibility for that discussion and that error is mine and and mine alone. Please accept my resignation for the good of the Party."

In a previous Facebook post, Boyette addressed the furor around the thread.

He wrote: "Americans are getting trapped in bad patterns. People are ready to believe the worst about their neighbors.

"I made post examining the roots of the Q - theory, it references a document from one of the initial group who were responsible for creating Q.

"Left wingers on twitter went into fits because I refused to condemn or ridicule people who subscribed to Q theories. As far as I can see there is no shortage of material mocking and ridiculing those who followed Q over the past two year.

"The Q movement grew even faster."

The Hawaii GOP has not responded to the criticism on social media and has continued to post updates.

Newsweek has contacted the Hawaii Republican Party and Boyette for comment.

QAnon followers have expressed disappointment following President Joe Biden's inauguration, with this not fitting in with the narrative of the theories for many.

However, experts have suggested that some followers will work the events into their narratives and find ways to persist with their beliefs in regard to QAnon.

There is also concern some of those following Q theories could split into "violent offshoots" as they react to the situation.

qanon sign at the capitol
Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump fly a U.S. flag with a symbol from the group QAnon as they gather outside the U.S. Capitol January 06, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Post from the Hawaii GOP on Twitter about the conspiracy theory sparked controversy. Win McNamee/Getty Images