Louie Gohmert Distances Himself From QAnon Event Where Michael Flynn Called for Coup

Republican congressman Louie Gohmert has distanced himself from a QAnon conference he attended—claiming he wasn't aware of its connection to the conspiracy theory and that he does not support a military coup in this country as suggested at the event by Michael Flynn.

Gohmert, who represents Texas's 1st congressional district, spoke at the three-day "For God & Country Patriot Roundup" in Dallas, Texas, over the Memorial Day weekend.

While on stage at the $500-a-head event which also featured a host of names connected to the movement listed as a domestic terrorist threat by the FBI, Gohmert downplayed the January 6 attack on the Capitol in Washington D.C.

The Washington Post reported that Gohmert claimed that "it wasn't just right-wing extremists" who attacked the Capitol despite there being no evidence that left-wing protesters such as antifa also carried out the attack.

Gohmert also reportedly suggested the deadly attack trying to prevent the results of a democratic election from being confirmed was not that bad compared to other attacks against America.

"Some of us think Pearl Harbor was the worst attack on democracy, some of us think 9/11 was the worst attack," he said. "Some of us think that those things were worse attacks on democracy."

Gohmert also posed for pictures with popular QAnon promoter RedPill78, real name Zak Paine.

The event has attracted major media coverage after Flynn, Donald Trump's former national security advisor turned QAnon icon, suggested that there "should be" a Myanmar-style military coup in the U.S. during a Q&A session on Sunday.

As outrage over the comments grew, CBS19 reporter David Lippman tweeted that one of Gohmert's team attempted to tell one of the network's reporters "that he wasn't at that event" despite there being videos and images of him onstage.

A member of @replouiegohmert's staff just tried to tell one of our reporters that he wasn't at that event. https://t.co/ovBVxoZ3qX

— David Lippman CBS19 (@david_lippman) May 31, 2021

In a follow-up statement to CBS 19, Gohmert explained that the CBS reporter asked his staff member on Monday if he was at the event "last night" or "yesterday."

"He correctly stated that I was not at an event on Sunday. He answered truthfully when asked. I spoke on Saturday basically during the lunch hour," the congressman said.

Gohmert also claimed he was unaware that the "For God & Country Patriot Roundup" was heavily linked to QAnon.

"I did not know, and still do not know about a supposed QAnon event, nor did I know what the QAnon slogan was or is—or that there was even a QAnon slogan— nor do I know who or what a QAnon slogan is," Gohmert said.

Despite claiming not to know the conspiracy theory suggesting there is a secret cabal of satanic pedophiles, Gohmert was one of 17 Republicans and one independent to vote against a resolution in the House condemning QAnon in October 2020.

Discussing Flynn's remarks, Gohmert added: "Though I was not there when he spoke and have not read nor heard his speech if a coup was mentioned, I have never and do not support a military coup of our government."

Elsewhere at the event, "Kraken" lawsuit attorney Sidney Powell falsely claimed Trump could "simply be reinstated" back into the White House.

Others attending the event in Dallas included QAnon advocates such as Jordan Sather, with Lin Wood, another QAnon-supporting attorney who attempted to overturn the election results with the widely dismissed "Kraken" lawsuits, also scheduled to appear before pulling our last minute.

Despite having popular QAnon influencers as keynote speakers, with QAnon language and imagery being used in its promotion and on stage, its organizers "QAnon John" (real name John Sabal) and his wife, Amy, denied that the "For God & Country Patriot Roundup" event was a QAnon convention.

Gohmert has been contacted for comment.

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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) speaks during a news conference with members of the House Freedom Caucus about immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border outside the U.S. Capitol on March 17, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Gohmert has distanced himself from a QAnon conference he attended in Dallas, Texas. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images