QAnon Followers Rush to Defend Donald Trump After Pilot Testifies He Was on Jeffrey Epstein's Jet

QAnon followers and commentators have rushed to defend Donald Trump after Jeffrey Epstein's former pilot testified in Ghislaine Maxwell's trial that the former president had traveled on one of the pedophile's private planes.

Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr., who was Epstein's pilot for nearly 30 years, said he flew Trump and other famous names between 1991 and 2019, the Associated Press reported.

Visoski's testimony came during Maxwell's trial for sex trafficking in New York. The British socialite has been accused of recruiting and grooming girls who were sexually abused by Epstein for at least 10 years. She has denied all the allegations.

Visoski added that he had "never" seen any sexual activity or sex toys on the plane, according to AP.

There is no suggestion that Trump played any role in Epstein's crimes. None of Maxwell's accusers have made allegations about Trump in connection to her or Epstein. Newsweek has contacted the former president's office for comment.

After Trump's name was mentioned in court, QAnon figures jumped to defend him.

Telegram user Qtah, who has more than 128,430 subscribers on the encrypted messaging platform, wrote on Tuesday: "If you're paying attention to the media, right now they are attempting to turn the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell into the trial of President Trump. These moves always backfire on them."

He added that there was "no evidence he [Trump] flew on Lolita Express"—a nickname for Epstein's plane—and the former president had denied the allegations.

Qtah also appeared to refer to the 2020 book The Grifter's Club, which claimed Trump banned Epstein from his Mar-a-Lago club in 2007 after the pedophile hit on another member's teenage daughter.

User BrunoBarks, who has more than 7,400 subscribers, posted: "So, the pilot in the Ghislaine Maxwell case has fingered Trump as being a passenger on Epstein's Lolita Express.

"'Trump lied and is guilty', leftist Twitter is gleefully exclaiming. They jump the shark. Again. I challenge you to find anywhere where Trump directly denies flying with Epstein. Instead? We can find a quote from Trump irritated at Epstein who is going to fly on the Trump plane.

"All this does is to get more leftists' eyes on the trial and they will soon see who is really guilty. Remember that in any sting operation, one must needs get close to the target scum bag being set up."

The comment was later amplified by John Sabal, known as QAnon John, who shared it with his 73,500-strong following on Telegram.

Sabal recently organized a convention for followers of the conspiracy theory, whose speakers included sitting Republican lawmakers.

In comments under Sabal's forwarded post, many QAnon followers said they believed there was an explanation as to why Trump would fly with Epstein and questioned Visoski's testimony.

Maxwell's trial continues on Wednesday. If convicted, she could face 80 years in prison.

Her lawyers have claimed she is being used as a scapegoat for Epstein, who died in jail in 2019. He had previously been convicted of child sex offences.

QAnon followers have followed developments in the Epstein and Maxwell cases, claiming they provide evidence not only of her alleged role in sex trafficking for the billionaire but also of their central belief—that there is a Satanic pedophile cabal made up of Democrats, celebrities and business owners.

Former President Trump is central to the QAnon narrative as followers believe he will expose this group to the world before its members are arrested and executed.

The claims about the cabal have been repeatedly debunked and the conspiracy movement has fractured since the inauguration of President Joe Biden.

The radical movement is now riven by infighting. One pro-Trump figure associated with QAnon, attorney Lin Wood, has taken aim at another, disgraced former general Michael Flynn. Wood has released an audio recording that he claims is Flynn calling QAnon "total nonsense" and a "disinformation campaign created by the left," even though he attended events organized by its followers.

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QAnon followers have defended Donald Trump after he was mentioned in Ghislaine Maxwell's sex trafficking trial. Getty