The Queen is famously known for remaining politically neutral – so we can’t imagine she’s too thrilled about being one of the faces of the “Trump Train”.
Buckingham Palace has made a formal request for a doctored image of the Queen wearing a Trump “Make America Great Again” hat and a QAnon brooch to be removed from a pro-Trump bus.
QAnon is a right wing conspiracy theory that believes Trump is secretly fighting child-sex predators that includes prominent Democrats, Hollywood elites and “deep state” allies.
The vehicle was spotted in Florida last week for a rally held by Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene.
A spokesperson for Greene said that they were not affiliated with the bus but did not see any problem with the fact that the Queen’s image was being used.
In response, they told BuzzFeed News: “You do know what a meme is right? Isn’t that what Buzzfeed is all about?”
“We’re sure Her Majesty has greater concerns than motor vehicle traffic in [the retirement community where the rally was held] The Villages — Florida,” Harlan Hill, a spokesperson for Gaetz said.
Greetings from The Villages in central Florida, where Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene have teamed up to kick… https://t.co/fHcWwnys6V— Vera Bergengruen (@Vera Bergengruen) 1620426156
Greetings from The Villages, Florida. https://t.co/4pBTUrHZdP— Donie O'Sullivan (@Donie O'Sullivan) 1620422082
A Trump supporter named Buddy Hall owns and operates the bus which is described on its GoFundMe page as an “unofficial campaign tour bus to support the 2020 reelection of President Trump”.
The bus appeared at a number of campaign events during the 2020 election even though it was not officially affiliated with any candidate.
Its official Facebook page shows Donald Trump Jr and girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, posing in front of it with Hall in July last year.
Hall reportedly plans to remove the Queen’s picture, and not because of the request from the Palace. Hall told Salon: “Even if the Queen wrote me and said, ‘Please keep my picture on there, I love it,’ we are still taking it off. It’s been in the designs now for two months now.”
The bus will instead apparently boast a “Wall of Appreciation,” featuring the likes of Fox News host Sean Hannity, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, and Senator Ted Cruz.
Wow. We can’t wait to see it.
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