FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2020

JOSHUA HICKS CALLS ON STATE REP. CORD BYRD TO CONDEMN WHITE SUPREMACISTS & QANON CONSPIRACY

JACKSONVILLE, FL – At the presidential debate last night, President Trump refused to condemn white supremacists, which the Department of Homeland Security identified as “the gravest terror threat to the United States.” Instead, he asked the Proud Boys – a violent white supremacist group – to “stand back and stand by.”

State Representative Cord Byrd is no stranger to failing to condemn dangerous hate groups. At the flotilla he and his wife organized in May, he was seen riding in a friend’s boat flying the QAnon conspiracy flag.

Democratic candidate Joshua Hicks is challenging Byrd and called on him condemn dangerous hate groups and conspiracy theories:

“I condemn white supremacists and the QAnon conspiracy theory in the strongest of terms, and I call on Cord Byrd to do the same. Over the past five months, he has remained silent as the country has grappled with systemic racism, a rise in far-right extremist violence, and the spread of QAnon. That silence must end today.”

Last year, the FBI warned that QAnon “conspiracy theories are a new domestic terrorism threat” and that they believe “conspiracy theory-driven extremists are likely to increase during the 2020 presidential election cycle.” Indeed, experts who cover extremism have studied the rise of QAnon alongside far-right extremist violence in 2020, with one researcher saying, “one of the most disturbing things I noticed was QAnon folks marching with the Proud Boys.”

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