QAnon (/ˌkjuːəˈnɒn/), or only Q, is a primarily disproven and discredited extreme far-right conspiracy theory claiming that a secret cabal of Satan-worshipping, cannibalistic pedophiles is running a global child sex-trafficking ring and plots against former U.S. President Donald Trump while he was in White House. According to the United States. Prosecutors, QAnon is commonly called a cult.
QAnon’s followers believe that the planet is being governed by a group of pedophiles who worships Lucifer, which one in all Donald Trump’s task as United States President is to expose the group and destroy them all in keeping with the conspiracy theorists, Donald Trump is making great preparations for the great reckoning, “The Storm,” once all members of the “deep state” are dead. This theory has been gaining enormous popularity among some Far-right voters before the November three presidential election.
The QAnon conspiracy theorists believe that Politicians, business tycoons, Religious leaders, FOR EXAMPLE, Democrats like Secretary Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama, and Hollywood actors like Jennifer Lopez and Oprah Winfrey, and religious leaders like Pope Francis are all part of a universal child sex-trafficking ring. This dashes from the “Pizzagate” theory, long-debunked that circulated throughout the 2016 presidential election. Far-right activists had claimed that Hillary Clinton, who contested against Donald Trump, was actually operating a child sex- trafficking racket from the basement of a pizza parlor in Washington, DC.
SO WHAT IS QANON ACTUALLY?
QAnon is actually the Sunshade term for collecting net conspiracy theories that say, falsely, that the entire planet is ruled by dark forces. They seem to believe that every individual on the top of the political, religious, business and entertainment sector is actually (Lucifer) Satan-worshiping pedophiles.
New conspiracy theories even include President Joe Biden being linked with the cabal. QAnon’s followers believe that the scheme has high ranking Democrats like Secretary Hillary Clinton, Former President Barack Obama, and Business tycoon George Soros, furthermore, Numerous other entertainers and Hollywood celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Hanks, and Head of the Roman Catholic Church Pope Francis who they believe to be loyal to a guy named BLACK POPE who is the Lucifer himself and not to forget another victim of QAnon conspiracy theories.
“The Dalai Lama, “who is a child molester and a distinguished member of the cabal. They even believe that the conspiracy members kill and eat the victims’ flesh, drink their blood, and extract a life-extending chemical known as adrenochrome.
According to legends of QAnon, President Donald J. Trump (The former Guy) was recruited by top military officials of the United States of America to run for the President’s office in 2016 to put an end to this satanic conspiracy and bring its members to justice. Many of these cabal members will soon be taken into arrest, the conspiracy theory goes, and some will be imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, while others will face severe military tribunals and be executed.
How it all started?
In October 2017, a post-popped-up on 4chan, the notoriously toxic message board, from an anonymous account introducing itself as “Q Clearance Patriot.” This poster, which simply became very famous, is known as “Q,” claimed to be a Top government official with full access to all the classified information and top-secret documents of the Trump administration’s war against the satanic cabal.
The “Q” clearly stated that this great war would soon grow into “The Storm,” the very time when the satanic cabal would be exposed on the global stage by President Donald Trump and the would punish its members for their crimes against humanity and restore the United States of America to its former greatness.
HOW MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE IN QAnon?
It’s tough to say about the exact numbers, but one thing is for sure…..THEY ARE IN MILLIONS….and it’s true!! Because there’s no official membership directory.
Let’s take a look at this way before Facebook decided to block mostly all the QAnon content from its platform, many prevalent QAnon groups active on the platform had hundreds of thousands of followers, and NBC News reported last year on Facebook research that found to be thousands of QAnon content, pages, and groups active on the social media platform, with millions and millions of followers between them. Twitter announced that it removed more than 70,000 QAnon-connected accounts after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Some YouTube videos promote the tenets of QAnon with millions of views before they were once and for all taken down last year.
And let us all remember that this is all just the content that is explicitly pro-QAnon. There are seem to be millions of more people who strongly believe in QAnon-backed conspiracy theories, like the “Save the Children” protest that started in 2020 after QAnon believers notoriously hijacked a hashtag campaign for a legitimate anti-trafficking organization and created it into a recruiting drive that introduced millions of people to QAnon conspiracy theories.
What kind of individuals believes in QAnon?
It’s a much more complicated group of people than you might imagine. We all know that the earliest adherents of the QAnon were mainly far-right Trump supporters, BUT AS WE ALL KNOW, 2020 WAS A STRANGE YEAR; the QAnon movement increased its reach to include health-conscious yoga moms anti-lockdown libertarians and evangelical Christians, white supremacist, and MAGA PEOPLE. Unlike the stereotypes of everyday extremist movements, QAnon doesn’t seem to be primarily dominated by young men or people experiencing economic pain and have bad experiences with society. There are Harvard and Stanford graduates and Wall Street officials who believe in it, as well as people with less elite pedigrees.
It is reported that QAnon has also managed to develop an international presence thanks to social media platforms’ liberties. QAnon is now being embraced by conspiracy theorists and far-right extremists in countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan.
So, where did it come from?
The QAnon conspiracy theory foolishly preaches a “deep state” apparatus run by political elites from Washington DC to the Vatican. Business tycoons and Hollywood celebrities who are also pedophiles and actively working against President Donald Trump.
Since late 2017, the theory has been spearheaded by many anonymous posters and videos through social media platforms and Youtube. The claims are only supported by false images, photoshopped content, brainwashing the followers, and turning them against the decent society. With no supporting evidence for cryptic posts, the theory has touched on a wide range of topics, including the media, politicians, and COVID-19.
What kind of people believes in QAnon?
(Let us talk about Marjorie Taylor Greene)
It is now known that QAnon supporters hold anti-Semitic views. They believe in baseless theories that Coronavirus is a hoax a scam of the left, and many of them think that the vaccines are controlled by Jewish people; they deny the safety of the vaccine, they come up with stories like After vaccination, people are turning into all sorts of evil creatures, they question the truth about the 9/11 attacks; belief in alien landings and that the U.S. government is in complete contact with the Aliens through NASA.
Some QAnon supporters have been involved in crimes that they claimed were inspired by their beliefs in the movement. These include: a man was arrested in 2018 for plotting to plant a bomb in the Illinois Capitol Rotunda to make Americans aware of “Pizzagate”; a person was arrested the same year for using an armored car to block traffic on a bridge in Nevada; a woman arrested in Colorado for plotting an armed raid to kidnap her kid whose custody she had lost, and a man charged with murdering a mafia figure in New York City in 2019. In the New York case, the man arrested who believed the murder victim was part of the “cabal” displayed QAnon symbols during his court hearing.
What has Marjorie Taylor Greene said about QAnon, and how have Republicans reacted?
Marjorie Taylor Greene, a huge Donald Trump supporter, a Republican from Georgia, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. She, on numerous occasions, lent support to QAnon conspiracy theories, according to the latest research conducted from Media Matters for America.
Marjorie Taylor Greene has defended Q in numerous social media posts and claimed that the messages were “worth listening to” and used famous slogans and hashtags among its adherents, according to Media Matters. She has also pushed false and baseless theories about the election being rigged in 2020, which many QAnon believers latched onto as well.
In a Facebook post from April 2018, Marjorie Taylor Greene responded to a post from a person who questioned whether former President Barack Obama and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton could be executed, CNN reported. She, in response to that question, replied by saying the “stage is being set. Players are being put in place. We must be patient. This must be done perfectly, or liberal judges would let them off,” CNN reported. She has also targeted Muslim members of Congress like Ilhan Omar and Rashida tlaib and even promoted anti-Semitic rhetoric.
HERE ARE THE LIST OF FEW POLITICIANS WHO BELIEVE OR SOMEHOW CONNECTED TO QANON.
1. Josh Barnett
Arizona, 7th Congressional District
2. Joyce Bentley
Nevada, 1st Congressional District
3. Lauren Boebert
Colorado, 3rd Congressional District
4. Mike Cargile
California, 35th Congressional District
5. Erin Cruz
California, 36th Congressional District
6. Ron Curtis
Hawaii, 1st Congressional District
7. Ben Gibson
Louisiana, 4th Congressional District
8. Marjorie Taylor Greene
Georgia, 14th Congressional District
9. Alison Hayden
California, 15th Congressional District
10. Bob Lancia
Rhode Island, 2nd Congressional District
What role did QAnon play in the U.S. Capitol riot?
It is reported that a considerable number of people who attacked the capital were members of QAnon or were connected to it in some form. They had with them the banners, flags, and apparels related to QAnon.
One well-known rioter who raided U.S. capitol and appeared on the Senate dais half-naked while wearing a fur hat with buffalo horns and wielding a spear, “JAKE ANGELI” was known in Arizona QAnon circles and nicknamed the “QAnon Shaman” and “Yellowstone wolf.” Angeli was further charged with knowingly breaking into or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, a violent entry in Government ground, and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Ashli Babbitt and Rosanne Boyland, two women who died during the riot, also lent support to QAnon. Since the Capitol riot and President Joe Biden’s inauguration, researchers that track QAnon closely have documented some break away from the conspiracy theory with supporters feeling distressed by Trump’s loss. Some remain defiant, however.
There is no doubt that some QAnon followers have moved away from the movement after President Biden’s inauguration (Which was a significant blow to some of them). This drift, along with the mainstream social media platforms banning QAnon accounts, contents, videos, and pages, has made a substantial difference in the volume of QAnon material easily accessible online,”
FUTURE OF QANON
How QAnon gets along in a Biden presidency, only time will tell. Will the initial discomfort of a failed conspiracy that led some QAnon followers to call it a con job prevail? Or will QAnon’s interwoven set of collaborations and strong in-group identity fostered on social media platforms and sites like 8kun that call believers as “enlightened” individuals prevent the movement’s downfall?
The initial years of a Biden presidency will reveal answers to these critical questions. However, if past research is anything to go by, it seems moreover that QAnon will survive this crisis of legitimacy. This is because one failed prophecy does not signify the failure of an entire movement. In QAnon’s case, their projections are anchored on a broader mission of pitting “good against evil” and “light against darkness.” This prevents specific failed predictions from mattering a whole lot.
We should not forget that Trump still won more votes than he did in 2016, and his support base will not magically evaporate because Biden becomes President. Trumpism is alive, MAGA is active, and QAnon aids its survival. Moreover, with murmurs of Trump running in 2024, the QAnon movement could peg its future prophecy on that election as the decisive one where the rightful leader regains his proper place, and if that prophecy fails, another prediction will take its place. All in all, it seems that Trump’s departure from the White House may not be enough to ensure QAnon’s withdrawal from American society.