Matt Gaetz Among GOP Figures Joining Pro-Trump Event With QAnon supporters

Florida congressman Matt Gaetz has been added to the list of speakers at an upcoming event that features conspiracy theorists and advocates of the radical QAnon movement.

Gaetz is the latest lawmaker added to AmpFest 2021, an event hosted by conservative group American Priority that will take place at the Trump National Doral in Miami, Florida between October 7 and 11.

Among some of the speakers set to attend include Rep. Anthony Sabatini, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, longtime Donald Trump ally Roger Stone, conservative political commentator Dinesh D'Souza, and George Papadopoulos, Trump's former campaign manager who served 12 days in jail after admitting lying to the FBI about his contact with a professor who claimed to have "dirt" on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.

Others who are set to appear at this year's AmpFest have openly expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory, listed as a domestic terror threat by the FBI, and helped spread extremist falsehoods.

General Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser who was pardoned for lying to the FBI, is also set to appear at the event.

Flynn is seen as a hero in the QAnon movement after he tweeted a video of him and his family taking a makeshift oath of office that ended with the QAnon slogan "where we go one we go all." Flynn also had hashtags used by the QAnon movement in the bio of his Twitter account before it was suspended.

In May, Flynn was heavily criticized for suggesting that the military-style intervention in Myanmar "should happen" in the U.S. at a QAnon conference in Dallas, Texas, in May. Flynn later denied his comments were calling for a coup to take place in the U.S.

Also appearing at the event is Jack Posobiec, a far-right figurehead who helped spread the QAnon-linked "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory, and controversial pastor Greg Locke, who has frequently echoed false beliefs shared by QAnon supporters that there exists a cabal of satanic child abusers consisting of leading democrat figures and the Hollywood elite.

This includes referring to President|Joe Biden as a "sex trafficking, demon-possessed mongrel" who is no better than "the Pope and Oprah Winfrey and Tom Hanks," as well as claiming Vice President Kamala Harris is overseeing "child-trafficking."

Locke has also continuously and falsely claimed that Trump won the 2020 election, as well as pushing falsehoods about COVID-19 and telling his supporters not to get vaccinated.

Tracy "Beanz" Diaz, a conspiracy theorist who has been credited with helping to spread the QAnon theory in its early days, is also set to appear at AmpFest.

In April, Diaz won an election to become the new state executive committee person of the Horry County Republican Party in South Carolina.

Gaetz is set to appear at the event while he is under investigation by the FBI over allegations of sex trafficking. He has not been charged and denies all the allegations.

Gosar has been heavily criticized for his apparent links to far-right groups such as the Oath Keepers in the wake of the January 6 attack on the Capitol. He has also previously attended events with white nationalist Nick Fuentes.

This year's AmpFest, which has the theme "American Revival," is set to include a prayer brunch and celebrity golf tournament events, as well as the annual "DJT Awards Ceremony."

According to American Priority Founder Alex Phillips, two more events have been added to this year's AmpFest due to demand.

"We always strive to give our attendees an immersive and intimate experience with the biggest names in the movement," Philips said in a previous statement.

"This year we have seen a huge spike in female registrants and have decided to add a 'Women's Leadership Summit' to our program to discuss their contributions in the America First movement. We are hosting our first ever VIP reception prior to the DJT Awards Ceremony and Gala, where you will get to rub elbows with our headliners and special guests."

Gaetz has been contacted for comment.

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) attends a news conference outside the U.S. Department of Justice on July 27, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Gaetz is set to appear at the upcoming AmpFest 2021 at the Trump National Doral in October alongside conspiracy theorists and QAnon supporters. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

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