Consultant Tom Malinowski, Democrat of New Jersey, is dealing with down demise threats from QAnon supporters after the Home Republicans’ marketing campaign arm falsely accused him of lobbying to guard sexual predators.
QAnon supporters started focusing on Mr. Malinowski, a first-term congressman, on Tuesday, after he led a bipartisan resolution condemning the motion, which spreads a baseless conspiracy idea that President Trump is battling a cabal of Democratic pedophiles.
QAnon believers seized on an commercial launched final month by the marketing campaign arm, the Nationwide Republican Congressional Committee, that falsely claimed that Mr. Malinowski, then a lobbyist for Human Rights Watch, labored to dam a provision in a 2006 crime invoice that may have expanded registration necessities for intercourse offenders.
Dying threats and different harassing messages have since poured into Mr. Malinowski’s workplace in Washington. In an interview on Wednesday, he known as the threats “a direct outcome” of the commercial, noting that the calls his workplace had acquired cited its central accusation.
“We’ve been warning the Republicans working this play for at the least the final two or three weeks that they had been taking part in with hearth,” he mentioned. “Now the match has been lit.”
The threats in opposition to Mr. Malinowski were earlier reported by BuzzFeed News.
QAnon, the New York Instances columnist Kevin Roose has defined, is the umbrella time period for a sprawling set of web conspiracy theories that declare, falsely, that the world is run by a bunch of Devil-worshiping pedophiles who’re plotting in opposition to Mr. Trump whereas working a world youngster sex-trafficking ring. The F.B.I. has warned that QAnon poses a possible home terrorism menace.
The attack ad against Mr. Malinowski performed on to the group’s chief cost.
“In each metropolis, in each neighborhood, round each nook, intercourse offenders live amongst us,” the narrator of the advert intoned.
“Tom Malinowski selected intercourse offenders over your loved ones,” the advert mentioned.
A separate document circulated by Republican officers repeated the declare, particularly stating that Mr. Malinowski “labored to make sure intercourse offenders who violated kids” wouldn’t have to affix the registry.
Mr. Malinowski, a former State Division official within the Obama administration, has mentioned he didn’t work on that invoice — a statement corroborated by Human Rights Watch — and that his portfolio on the group was targeted on international coverage issues.
However the marketing campaign arm doubled down on its declare on Wednesday in response to the BuzzFeed Information report.
“The one one that bears duty right here is Tom Malinowski for his determination to foyer in opposition to the creation of a nationwide intercourse offender registry,” Chris Pack, the communications director for the committee, said in a statement, calling the congressman’s actions “disgusting.” “Congressman Malinowski should dwell with the implications of his actions.”
Mr. Malinowski mentioned he had confronted Consultant Tom Emmer of Minnesota, the Nationwide Republican Congressional Committee’s chairman, on Tuesday night on the Home ground in regards to the QAnon demise threats impressed by his committee’s adverts. Mr. Emmer, he mentioned, denied realizing what QAnon was and mentioned that he was not accountable for what others did with the committee’s marketing campaign materials.