QAnon Congressional Candidate Ron Watkins Cheered for 'Communist Creeps' School Board Rant

QAnon influencer Ron Watkins, who is running for Congress as a Republican, has been cheered for a speech about "communist creeps" at a school board meeting in Arizona.

Watkins, who has no children, made a series of unfounded claims during the meeting of Scottsdale Unified School District on Tuesday.

He said: "Communism is encroaching on our country. Communist school boards now indoctrinating our children with transexual propaganda and teaching them to be racist against white people by teaching racist [Joe] Biden's critical racist theory."

Watkins later added: "The communist creeps at our school boards are now taking our parental rights away by teaching our children that they can be vaccinated without consent.

"This is a blatant destruction of the family unit with the goal of undermining our society from the ground up. Communism must not take hold."

In a clip shared to Twitter, a number of people could be heard cheering Watkins from the public gallery.

During his speech, Watkins mentioned that he was running for Arizona's second congressional district—at which point he was asked to stop as this "would be considered electioneering under Arizona law," according to a Scottsdale school district spokesperson.

The Scottsdale Unified School District has since disputed many of the assertions made by the QAnon influencer, who has denied speculation that he ran the "Q" account that sparked the conspiracy movement.

In a statement sent to Newsweek, a school district spokesperson said: "Scottsdale Unified School District does not teach critical race theory as part of our approved curriculum.

"Nor does it vaccinate students or determine what vaccinations are required for school enrollment. Assertions to the contrary are fabricated and are made in pursuit of a political agenda not designed to advance the educational objectives of the school district."

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health nonprofit, parental consent is required in Arizona for children who want to be vaccinated, with the exception of a child or doctor obtaining a court order to receive the shot.

School board meetings are increasingly turning into fraught political arenas, in part because of a campaign by QAnon believers to get onto local boards and use meetings to promote their agenda.

In September, QAnon darling General Michael Flynn told his Telegram following, which numbers in the hundreds of thousands: "We will fight at the local level against school boards."

In November, QAnon lawyer Lin Wood told his 700,000 Telegram followers: "We must end critical race theory propaganda. Parents must fight for their children and be responsible for their education.

"School board members and teachers work for We The People. They do what we say. We pay their salaries. We can fire and replace them. If We The People have the courage to take lawful action."

Ahead of Watkins' speech on Tuesday, so-called bond claim documents were "served" to members of the Scottsdale board as part of local conspiracy theorists' efforts to disrupt the proceedings.

Miki Klann, who delivered the papers, has claimed that they can lead to people being removed from office as they must have surety bonds to hold elected or appointed office in the U.S.

This is not true and the documents she handed over have no legal weight.

She has posted several videos about the papers on her Telegram channel, where she has also shared the QAnon slogan "Where we go one we go all" or WWG1WGA.

In a statement sent to Newsweek, the Scottsdale Unified School District said: "It is the position of the District that the documents that were given to board members have no legal effect and are another example of politicizing school board meetings."

The district spokesperson added: "School board meetings have long been the nexus for important cultural debates as they relate to teaching and learning. But recently the once informed and even welcomed discourse has become increasingly more divisive and less about students and more about political agendas.

"We have found in the past year or so that many of the speakers are not residents and don't have children in our schools but are using the school board meetings as a platform to share their opinions, most of which are rooted in misinformation as it relates to the district."

Split of QAnon sign and Ron Watkins
Split image of QAnon sign and Ron Watkins, who is standing for the Republican nomination in Arizona's 2nd congressional district. Getty/ RON WATKINS FOR CONGRESS