This Wednesday, September 21, 2024 After engaging in legal scrutiny while planning a new race for the White House, former United States President Donald Trump revived the QAnon conspiracy movement, whose members consider him an icon .
While the group’s founder, barely known as “Q”, may be missing from the horizon, the former Republican president The movement is still alive, claimed during a recent campaign rally in Ohio.,
Trump supporters solemnly raise their index fingers to the sky as they end their speech with the melody of the song Wherever someone goes, we all goWWG1WGA, the motto of QAnon.
The former president used the same theme in a video published just after the FBI raid on his Florida mansion on August 9., And he’s used it elsewhere, something QAnon supporters highlight on social media.
Additionally, Trump echoed QAnon’s views on his truth social network. On September 13, he shared a photo of himself with a giant “Q” on his lapel.
Followers of QAnon subscribe to bizarre theories about a diabolical Democrat child sex abuse ring.
Among its exponents is Jacob Chansley – one of those who stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021 to prevent the certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the elections – who walks into the congressional building shirtless, armed with a spear and wearing a magician’s headdress. Wearing it entered.
Experts say QAnon is increasingly adopting “Trumpist” principles, such as the denial of the 2020 election and the notion of a “shadow state” in Washington that is unaccountable.
Rachel Goldwasser, a far-right expert at the Southern Poverty Law Center, said there is an overlap between the Qoan and Trump slogans contained in “Make America Great Again” (MAGA), which makes it “difficult to separate.” ,
Trump is now “like a conspiracy theory hero,” he said.
Born in the United States in 2017, the QAnon movement takes its name from cryptic messages posted by “Q”, who is believed to be close to the former Republican president.
Many supporters, numbering in the hundreds of thousands by 2020, have joined Trump’s re-election campaign rallies with “QAnon” banners and T-shirts printed with “Q”. Trump didn’t support him, but he didn’t distance himself either.
after Trump lost the election, and especially After the attack on the Capitol, the movement lost momentum.
“Q” messages turned off and a person connected to the website where these appeared positions He went ahead and urged him to accept the new president, Joe Biden.
Banned from major social networks, QAnon followers turned to Telegram and then, when it launched in February 2022, to Truth Social.
Now the movement is once again focused on campaigning for Trump and propagates the idea that past elections were fraudulent to prevent his re-election.
“The most shocking way that ideology has evolved is with respect to things like election denial,” said Alyssa Kahn, an insider extremism expert at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Laboratory.
John Sabal, better known by his digital handle as “Queon John,” held a big rally in Dallas, Texas last year and planned another in November. Announced speakers include former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.
Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has visited the country to promote the former president. Although he does not openly mention QAnon, he often uses the movement’s favorite phrase: “The storm is coming.”
A video recorded at a fundraising event in California on September 18 shows Flynn and others singing to a woman. Wherever someone goes, we all go,
“When you combine the characteristics of a cult with all the trappings of a religion, you get a very unstable and dangerous scenario”Frank Figluzzi, a former FBI official, told MSNBC.
It’s unclear why Trump abandoned his separate deal with QAnon, but it coincides with a growing legal investigation against him and his efforts to get his allies elected in November’s midterm elections.
*With information from AFP.