What is happening
Even if Donald Trump is not in office, QA’s beliefs continue to infect politics.
Why it is important
The conspiracy will work during the upcoming midterm elections, but that does not mean you have to believe it.
, a fringe right-wing assassination theory based on former President Donald Trump, did not die down when he resigned. Instead, belief in the savage conspiracy continues, and Americans continue to play a role in political discourse, whether they understand it or not.
The GAnon conspiracy, which first surfaced in October 2017, falsely claims that Trump was waging a secret war against the cabinet of Satanist pedophiles in Hollywood and the Democratic Party. The Institute for the Study of Neutral Public Religion, a non-profit organization that studies the intersection of religion, culture, and public policy, released a study in February that found that about 16 percent of Americans believe in a major conspiracy.
“QAnon has evolved from a centralized movement around Trump, who led a covert military intelligence operation to save the world, not only to Trump, but also to the iconography he has developed over the past four years,” he said. Mike Rothschild, conspiracy theorist and author of the book “The Storm Comes to Us,” which presents the history of the QAonon conspiracy theory.
Assassination theories can be as dangerous and even deadly as they appear during the COVID-19 pandemic, and misinformation about vaccines plays a role in some people’s resistance to the virus. Despite repeated denials, belief in GAnon’s assassination continues to spread to politics outside of Trump. So far this year, aspects of the assassination have turned into protests, Supreme Court hearings and legislation.
“The mythology of his secret pedophile rings has healed treatments and technology, mass corruption and fraud. [purportedly] He fired Joe Biden, and COVID, being a fraud, infected every aspect of major conservative politics and culture, ”Rothschild added.
As the midterm elections approach, the assassination is expected to continue to appear in campaigns and on social media. Recognizing its effects can make it easier to detect and prevent in the future.
Here are some of the current events covered by the QAnon conspiracy, some open and others less so.
In 2020 About 100 candidates The candidate expressed his support for QAnon. The two most prominent candidates who won the race were Republican MP Lauren Boebert from Colorado and Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia.
According to Grid News, 78 candidates have been nominated this year in 28 states that believe in GAON. There is an interesting candidate, especially in a race, the alleged person is a candidate for the position as Q.
Ron Watkins is a former site administrator for the 8chan anonymous board and is said to be responsible for many of the Q drops, as noted in the Q: Storm documentary series. He is also running for Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District.
Watkins gained notoriety among Republicans after the 2020 presidential election when he repeated allegations of election fraud that have since been denied. He is one of several candidates running in the August 2 Republican primary.
Doug Mastriano, another former pro-GAnon candidate, is running for governor of Pennsylvania. Mastriano won the Republican nomination on May 17. He repeatedly tweeted in 2018 with QAnon hashtags and slogans. He will face Democratic nominee Josh Shapiro in November.
The GAnon influencer, known as Juan O. Savin, a nickname similar to James Bond’s code name “007,” is working on a coalition to attract loyal candidates for secretary of government in Colorado, South Carolina. and Nevada, according to a Media Matters report. False allegations about the 2020 presidential election and voter fraud have made Americans more aware of their responsibilities as Secretary of State. In many states, this is an official who helps determine if there are problems with voter fraud.
In May 2019, Attorney General Bill Barr ordered an investigation into the 2016 presidential election and commissioned U.S. Attorney John Durham to lead it. Many of GAnon’s followers described the investigation as part of a “storm” that could lead to the arrest of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others within the Democratic National Committee. In one of the last messages from Q in 2020, there was only one word: Durham.
Michael Sussmann, a cybersecurity lawyer who worked on Clinton’s campaign in 2016, was indicted by Durham in September for allegedly lying to the FBI. On Tuesday, a jury acquitted him of the charges.
Both Trump and Q’s followers shared concerns about the US legal system after his acquittal. Some also decided to support a fake conspiracy.
The war in Ukraine
After Russia’s occupation of Ukraine in late February, Russia used misinformation to justify Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to go to war. Both Facebook and Twitter have called on Russia for its disinformation efforts. One of the false myths put forward by Russia at the beginning of the occupation was Ukraine’s alleged development of bioweapons, a conspiracy theory put forward by Ghanaian believers months ago.
According to Media Matters, the writings of conspiracy theorists in 2021 incorrectly claimed that Biden and his son Hunter were part of a plan to develop bioweapons abroad. One of the mentioned countries was Ukraine.
A few days before Russia began spreading misinformation about biolabs, an assassination theory Twitter account shared a false claim about laboratories in Ukraine. QAnon began to spread in circles and then quickly spread to other right-wing forums and was reinforced by conservative media, including Fox News’ Tacker Carlson. Finally, both Russia and China began working on the story of Ukrainian biolaboratories.
Allegations of bioweapons in Ukraine have been proven false. The United States and Ukraine have an agreement to prevent the production of bioweapons in laboratories set up when Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union.
Trump’s potential return to Twitter
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The news excited some QAnon believers on various social media platforms, such as Gab and Telegram.
They argued that Trump’s possible return to Twitter was predicted by Q in 2017 and would signal that the former president was about to confirm the crackdown on the fictitious cabinet. Like all QAnon conspiracies, this is a complete lie.
It is unclear whether Trump will return to Twitter if allowed. The former president will first have to share on his social media platform, Truth Social, before sharing on other sites.
Session of the Supreme Court
The U.S. Senate last month approved Supreme Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson by 53-47 votes. He will replace Stephen Breyer, a retired Supreme Court judge who will resign when his term ends in June.
Jackson’s confirmation hearing was expected to be a political circus. However, some Republican senators questioned his court decisions, while making subtle references to GA.
Republican Sen. Josh Howley of Missouri tried to portray Jackson as having a soft record in cases involving sex offenders targeting children. His attacks were considered deceptive. Other Republican senators, including Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Ted Cruz of Texas, continued the lawsuit, claiming that Jackson was lenient with pedophiles. In fact, his record is equal to other judges in similar cases.
QAnon believers have sent messages to social media platforms such as Telegram and Truth Social in support of Republican senators who carried out the attacks and condemned Jackson. Believers thought these senators supported the Democrats’ conspiracy to be part of the pedophile tribe and turn a blind eye to child sex crimes.
Truck convoy / Anti-vax
At the beginning of the year,. Their secret weapon was to use semi-trucks. The truck convoy lasted for weeks as Prime Minister Castin Trudeau set up camp in Ottawa before using emergency powers to force protesters out.
A similar protest took place in the United States in March to reach Washington. This version received less attention and support, partly due to the start of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
The Gonon believers played a role in both protests. Misinformation about the COVID vaccine is widespread in Q communities, and this misinformation is beginning to infect other right-wing groups. In both the United States and Canada, trucks and other vehicles are decorated with QAnon logos and slogans.
Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill, also known as “Gay Don’t Bill,” was signed into law in March as a state law. Disney workers protested that the company did not take action on the bill, which in turn said the company would try to repeal the law.
This angered Republican state lawmakers who passed a bill in April that abolished Disney’s exclusive tax status. Mickey Mouse has also become a target for QAnon believers.
Protests at the entrance to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, began in April. Protesters chanted and carried the “Ok, Groomer” slogan, referring to Disney World as “Pedo World” and reflecting the “Ok, Boomer” meme.
While supporting the protests, GAnon believers began spreading misinformation about the company and its CEO, Bob Chapek. This includes the company’s exaggerated losses due to protests and false allegations that Chapek was arrested for human trafficking and child pornography. The allegations about Chapek and his arrest are completely false.