Screengrabs showed the tweets were posted on Saturday night.
‘We should make it abundantly clear – the people who subscribed to the Q fiction, were largely motivated by a sincere and deep love for America. Patriotism and love of Country should never be ridiculed,’ read one tweet from the @gophawaii account.
Other tweets called QAnon followers ‘patriots’ and blamed the media for creating a ‘hyperbolic’ narrative, according to Hawaii News Now.
Hawaii GOP vice Chair of communications Edwin Boyette resigned Sunday night, the day after the organization’s official Twitter account posted tweets supporting QAnon followers
The ‘Q fiction’ mentioned in the tweet refers to the various conspiracy theories promoted by QAnon, a viral pro-Trump group that is based around cryptic, online postings made by an anonymous ‘Q,’ who is purportedly a government insider. Right-wing extremists are said to be among QAnon supporters.
On Sunday night, Hawaii GOP vice Chair of communications Edwin Boyette announced his resignation through a Facebook post.
In the post, Boyette thanked Hawaii GOP Chairman Shirlene Ostrov for ‘the opportunity to serve the Republican Party of Hawaii, and the People of Hawaii.’
Boyette wrote in his resignation letter that he was giving up his post ‘for the good of the Party’
‘Discussion of some topics is ill suited to the forums of social media, and regardless of intent – only serves to increase conflict and discord,’ Boyette wrote.
‘The discussion of the Q-Conspiracy was an error of judgement, and should not reflect upon the leadership or the members of the Republican Party of Hawaii. The responsibility for that discussion and that error is mine and and mine alone.’
He ended the note by saying that his resignation was ‘for the good of the Party.’
In a separate Facebook post, Boyette discussed the controversial Hawaii GOP tweets, writing: ‘Americans are getting trapped in bad patterns. People are ready to believe the worst about their neighbors.’
He said that what he had done was ‘made post examining the roots of the Q – theory, it references a document from one of the initial group who were responsible for creating Q.’
After which ‘Left wingers on twitter went into fits because I refused to condemn or ridicule people who subscribed to Q theories. As far as I can see there is no shortage of material mocking and ridiculing those who followed Q over the past two year,’ he wrote.
One of the Hawaii GOP tweets said that QAnon followers were ‘largely motivated by a sincere and deep love for America,’ QAnon supporters are pictured on October 3, 2020, in NYC
A QAnon supporter is pictured at a rally on October 4, 2020, in NYC. QAnon is a viral pro-Trump group that believes a variety of conspiracy theories
‘As a country we are currently stuck in a escalating feedback loop where Americans are being pitted against each other. Social media amplifies this – people would rather fight any fight or argue any argument rather than deescalate and let reason prevail,’ he added.
Boyette went on to warn against ‘anyone who seeks to enflame your passion’ and stated that ‘Rage and overwrought anger rarely achieves anything good.’
Hawaii Democrats issued a statement condemning the Hawaii GOP’s tweets on Saturday, prior to their being deleted.
‘There is nothing patriotic in defending QAnon adherents. There is nothing honorable in defending Proud Boy antics,’ the Hawaii Democrats wrote in a statement that was shared via their own Twitter account.
The Hawaii GOP has not yet publicly addressed the tweets or Boyette’s resignation.
The Southern Poverty Law Center says that QAnon is a ‘sprawling spiderweb of right-wing internet conspiracy theories with antisemitic and anti-LGBTQ elements that falsely claim the world is run by a secret cabal of pedophiles who worship Satan and are plotting against President Trump.’
QAnon had grown in popularity during the Trump administration but, with Biden’s swearing-in as President, is now said to be in crisis, after their long-held belief that Trump would seize a second term failed to materialize and their right-wing message board leader told believers to ‘go back to their lives’.
Those using online chat groups appeared to be shocked to discover that their long-held belief in the conspiracy that top Democrats would be arrested for a sex trafficking ring on Inauguration Day was coming to pass and that Trump wasn’t going to bring down the Deep State in the so-called ‘storm’ they had been expecting.
Some members of the far-right Proud Boys even started turning on Trump in chat groups and message boards, declaring him a ‘total failure’ and ‘extraordinarily weak’.
Meanwhile, QAnon followers questioned ‘where’s the damn storm?’ and others saying ‘it simply doesn’t make sense that we all got played’ on various message boards.
Ron Watkins, who was the administrator of QAnon’s preferred message board 8kun before resigning after the November 2020 election, also pulled the plug and urged followers to return to their lives.
‘We gave it our all. Now we need to keep our chins up and go back to our lives as best we are able,’ he wrote.
‘We have a new president sworn in and it is our responsibility as citizens to respect the Constitution regardless of whether or not we agree with the specifics or details regarding officials who are sworn in.
‘As we enter the next administration please remember all the friends and happy memories we made together over the past few years.’