U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany, R-Wausau, was a single of 17 congressional Republicans on Friday to vote towards a Dwelling resolution to condemn conspiracy theory motion QAnon.
The resolution handed the Residence with overpowering bipartisan support right after its introduction at the close of September.
Tiffany, who gained his seat in a exclusive election around the summer time, turned down the resolution out of protest due to the fact he saw the vote as a waste of time.
“I have repeatedly condemned, and go on to condemn, anyone who engages in rioting, looting, or violence of any form, irrespective of their political views — even though the Left has remained largely silent,” he stated in a assertion.
“Unfortunately Friday’s resolution was just an additional time-squandering exercise in election-year virtue signaling by Speaker Pelosi — time that would be improved used unlocking PPP funding, providing sources for the police who hold our neighborhoods secure and enacting frequent-feeling liability protections for educational facilities, wellness suppliers and small enterprises.”
Tricia Zunker, Tiffany’s opponent in the northern Wisconsin district for a two-calendar year term in the Nov. 3 election, seized on the vote and known as it a “total failure of leadership” in a statement released Friday.
“Conspiracy theories and actions like QAnon dehumanize citizens, incite violence and threaten our democratic institutions,” she stated. “Rep. Tom Tiffany is so intense that he will not join his have bash leaders in condemning this perilous conspiracy theory and the violence it promotes. The message is very clear: Rep. Tiffany is standing up for QAnon in Congress he is not standing up for the persons of Wisconsin.”