News from Progress Michigan

September 2, 2020

Contact: Sam Inglot,

Macomb County Republican Spotted at QAnon Event

County Clerk Candidate’s Association with Conspiracy Group Raises Questions

MACOMB – Recently, former Republican state representative and current county clerk candidate Anthony Forlini [left] was photographed attending a “Save the Children” event along 16 Mile Road in Macomb County. The “Save the Children” slogan is primarily based on unsubstantiated claims made by followers of the increasingly popular QAnon conspiracy, and attendees at the rally openly promoted QAnon.

“Anthony Forlini’s presence at a rally associated with QAnon this week is deeply concerning,” said Lonnie Scott, Executive Director of Progress Michigan. “Spurred on by President Trump, these conspiracy theorists have become an increasingly dominant force within the Republican Party. Human trafficking is an incredibly important issue, and we cannot allow it to be co-opted by conspiracy theorists who prioritize shock value and political agendas over real facts and solutions. We strongly condemn Forlini’s decision to attend this rally and urge his fellow Republicans to disavow him and the QAnon conspiracy.”