Mark Finchem is an Arizona state representative and frequent right-wing media guest who recently announced that he’s running for secretary of state. Finchem is also a QAnon conspiracy theorist who has posted a message from “Q” and reposted numerous QAnon slogans to his Gab account this year.
Gab is a far-right social media network that is a haven for, among other things, white supremacist, anti-Semitic, violent, and conspiratorial content. The white supremacist who allegedly murdered 11 people in the 2018 Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, posted anti-Semitic and violent content on his verified Gab account. Gab has also welcomed followers of the violence-linked QAnon conspiracy theory.
Finchem has gained attention because he has repeatedly pushed conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election. He’s a regular guest on the Steve Bannon program War Room: Pandemic and was paid by former President Donald Trump’s campaign for post-election work in Arizona.
Finchem attended the January 6 insurrection in Washington, D.C., though he said he did not enter the Capitol. The Arizona Republican has ties to far-right groups, including the violent Oath Keepers militia group.
Vice News’ Cameron Joseph profiled Finchem on April 12 and reported that he has posted “QAnon-related content” on Gab and “also touted QAnon theories himself” during a recent media appearance:
“They're finding so many kids. We’ve got a serious problem in this nation. And that's one of the things that disturbs me so much about our current congressional state of affairs. There's a lot of people involved in a pedophile network and the distribution of children, and that makes me absolutely sick,” [Finchem] said during a March 4 appearance on the religious conservative network Victory News. “And unfortunately, there's a whole lot of elected officials that are involved in that.”
Joseph documented that Finchem’s Gab account has the following reposts, which include QAnon messages:
- Finchem reposted a message that forwarded a conspiracy theory meme about Dr. Anthony Fauci and hydroxychloroquine and included the QAnon hashtags “WWG1WGA” and “TheGreatAwakening.”
- Finchem reposted a message that asked: “Did you notice that OANN [One America News Network] 'unscrambled' is ANON? And did not Q tell us, ‘We ARE the news now’?”
Media Matters subsequently examined Finchem’s Gab account and found additional QAnon content. On February 13, Finchem posted a message on Gab attacking Biden and the media and embedded a December 7, 2019, post from “Q.”
Finchem reposted a message about a “full forensic audit of the 2020 Election Vote in Maricopa County,” Arizona, that had hashtags including “WWG1WGA,” “Qanon,” and “QArmy.” He additionally reposted a message that included the hashtags “WWG1WGA” and “TheGreatAwakening” and a right-wing editorial cartoon about tech companies.