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Miami drag club is getting death threats after QAnon congresswoman says they sexually abuse kids

The owner and performers that work at the Palace Bar and Restaurant are facing a stream of attacks and threats online after a video of drag performers dancing with children was recorded by an Angela Stanton King and went viral, with Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeting her support of King.

The owner and performers that work at the Palace Bar and Restaurant in South Beach, Miami, are facing a stream of attacks and threats online after a video of drag performers dancing with children was recorded by an anti-LGBTQ activist and quickly went viral. Angela Stanton-King went to the venue last month and accused them of exploiting and sexualizing children. That led to the likes of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and other anti-trans activists to begin harassing the venue. Owner Thomas Donall that one user told them on Instagram, “I hope y’all end up like Pulse,” referencing the massacre of 49 people in the Pulse Nightclub, a gay venue in Orlando, in 2016. Stanton-King is a failed Republican candidate for Congress in Georgia and the goddaughter of Alveda King, the anti-LGBTQ and rightwing niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. In 2004, the Trump-supporting QAnon conspiracy theorist was convicted in federal court on charges related to her part in a car theft ring and served six months in home confinement. Before leaving office, Donald Trump pardoned her. Although Stanton-King’s made a name for herself attacking LGBTQ people in the past, including rejecting her own trans child, she claims she’s not anti-LGBTQ. She further claims that she only went to the gay venue in April because it “looked like a place that would be fun and entertaining.” But when she saw that children were also at the “fun and entertaining” show, dancing with the performers and posing on stage, she had to “save” them from the “sexual exploitation” they were supposedly facing. Her footage went viral and made its way onto right-wing media, and was then posted on Twitter by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). She appended the hashtag #SaveTheChildren to a tweet about it, which is a commonly adopted phrase used by QAnon believers, that has anti-LGBTQ origins. Greene said “Someone should be arrested and charged!” Then people have begun calling the city of Miami-Dade government to try to get the club investigated and shut down.

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