You Think Trump's America Can't Get Any More Crazy and Then QAnon Comes Along
One would usually argue that one of the primary functions of a President would be to unite the people of America around a reality based on facts discerned from solid research by trained professionals. He or she would do that in order to have a fact-based debate about how to address the nation's problems. But just writing those sentences seems so quaint, so old fashioned, so Obama.
We live in the age of Donald Trump, an era in which our President denies the citizenship of his predecessor, claims the FBI illegally spied on him, links Ted Cruz’s dad to the JFK assassination, suggests climate change is a Chinese plot, asserts the noise from windmills causes cancer, embraces a myriad of conspiracy theories regarding his 2016 Democratic opponent, infers Justice Antonin Scalia may have been murdered, and connects vaccines to autism. You could fill a book with our President's conspiracy theories and expect many new ones as we approach the 2020 election.
So, no one was shocked that President Trump's Tampa rally last July and his Michigan rally in March drew a bunch of people holding signs and wearing t-shirts emblazoned with QAnon, a group whose beliefs even embarrass moon landing and JFK conspiracy theorists. So who are these people and what do they believe?
Newsweek: "Writing on the Daily Beast, Will Sommer, who monitors right wing media in the U.S., explained the core of the theory."
“The general story,” he writes, “is that every president before Trump was a 'criminal president' in league with all the nefarious groups of conspiracy theories past: The global banking elite, death squads operating on orders from Hillary Clinton, deep-state intelligence operatives, and Pizzagate-style pedophile rings. In an effort to break this cabal’s grip, according to Q, the military convinced Trump to run for president.”
And, for a slightly different take on their "core beliefs"....
Business Insider: "They believe that a top government official, codenamed Q, is responsible for a series of cryptic clues left on the messaging boards — with a large and obsessive online following devoted to unraveling them.
"Supporters believe that the clues expose a "deep state" plot by intelligence officials, senior Democrats and Hollywood stars running a secret child abuse ring."
"Joseph Uscinski, a University of Miami professor and expert on conspiracy theories, told The Guardian that QAnon supporters are a tiny "fringe," mainly made up of Trump-supporting evangelicals."
Yes, they are a small fringe group now, but you just wait. If this President has proved anything, it's that there are a bunch of people in America that buy into such nonsense and Donald Trump will do nothing to rein in such beliefs. On the contrary; he will need them in 2020 to re-energize his campaign against the "deep state.
By: Don Lam & Curated Content