Trump talks QAnon and Biden talks pandemic at duelling town hall QandAs

Trump talks QAnon and Biden talks pandemic at duelling town hall QandAs

US President Donald Trump has declined to disavow the nonsensical QAnon conspiracy theory in a combative town hall performance that aired at the same time as a rival event with Democratic nominee Joe Biden in lieu of a presidential debate.

Reflecting their differing styles, Biden’s town hall was a more placid affair than Trump’s event in which he jousted with NBC moderator Savannah Guthrie.

The FBI has labelled QAnon – an internet-driven conspiracy that alleges a cabal of Satan-worshiping paedophiles is running a global child sex-trafficking ring – a domestic terror threat. It is popular with some Trump supporters, who believe Trump is secretly battling against the cabal.

“I know nothing about QAnon,” Trump said at the town hall, aired on NBC on Friday (AEST).

“I know they’re very much against paedophilia. They fight it very hard.”