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Be afraid, be very afraid… when crazy people become sheriff's deputies.[1]
Some dare call it
Conspiracy
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What THEY don't want
you to know!
Sheeple wakers
"The Storm" redirects here. For the forum, see Stormfront; for the "news" media, see The Daily Stormer.
Disinformation is real. Disinformation is necessary.
—An explanation of and by QAnon on 8chan[2]
Public riots are being organized in serious numbers in an effort to prevent the arrest and capture of more senior public officials. On POTUS’ order, a state of temporary military control will be actioned and special ops carried out. False leaks have been made to retain several within the confines of the United States to prevent extradition and special operator necessity.
—"Q Clearance Patriot" reveals secret truths and predicts chaos[3][4]

QAnon, also known as The Storm and The Great Awakening, is a conspiracy theory, popular meme,[5] and right wing fantasy about a "deep state" conspiracy against President Trump. Following on the heels of similar bullshit such as Pizzagate (which occupies a small spot on the QAnon map below), it advances a fantastic web of deceit that wraps up Trumpism, deep state fearmongering, evil, satanic pedophilia rings controlled by the Democratic Party, investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, the Las Vegas shooting, and New World Order paranoia into a package easily and wholeheartedly promoted by internet cesspools and Alex Jones.[6][3] It originated in a series of incoherent posts on 4chan in 2017 by someone calling themselves Q.[7] The name is likely based on the US government's top secret Q clearanceWikipedia's W.svg.

What???[edit]

Sure it's a fantasy, but Trump gets to be the hero.

The alleged plot[edit]

What is the "storm" the POTUS spoke about? it is the draining of the swamp, a giant global hurricane of veracity.
—A somewhat more… lucid… description[8]

QAnon's central premise is that President Trump is secretly working to take down a global ring of elite, cannibalistic, satanic pedophiles.[9] They also believe that the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, led by former FBI director Robert Mueller, is actually an investigation into the so-called "deep state", where a cabal of evil, money-grubbing globalists, including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, are responsible for everything from a global pedophile ring to the mass shooting in Las Vegas in 2017.[3]

What makes the QAnon conspiracy an anomaly is the fact that it presents an alternate world in which the "good guys" are in control of the entire government; according to University of Miami professor Joseph Uscinski, in most other theories the shadowy conspiracy is malevolent.[10]

QAnon crazies also see hints in Trump's actions. According to the enlightened, when Trump awkwardly took a drink from a bottle of Fiji water at a press conference in November 2017, it wasn't because he was thirsty; it was actually a secret signal to those in the know that the Storm of annihilation of deep state pedophiles had begun (or was about to begin). Because as everyone knows, Fiji is a hot spot for child trafficking.[11]

Q believers have a huge amount of baggage on the crazy train in the form of crank magnetism: special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is actually investigating high-level Democrats, the Illuminati, the Rothschild conspiracy, "Operation Mockingbird" (an alleged 20th century CIA infiltration of the media), fascism, the hidden meaning of Francis Ford Coppola films and Christian revivalism.[12] Oh, and J. P. Morgan had the Titanic sunk to take out his millionaire rivals,[13] and "John F. Kennedy Jr. faked his death and joined Trump's secret evil-fighting organization, where he writes 4chan posts under the pseudonym 'Q'."[14]

"Q"[edit]

Postings by QAnon need lots of creative "analysis" — and the chans are happy to help.

A fictional personality (or to the faithful, an "anonymous patriot") central to "The Storm" theory, going by the name of "QAnon" ("Q" symbolizing a supposedly high level super secret government "Q Clearance"), began posting a series of messages on 4chan's /pol/ board in a thread called "CBTS" (Calm Before The Storm) on October 28, 2017.[5] In these, Q claimed that Trump was being protected by the military because the CIA, the FBI, and the Secret Service are all corrupt. Their postings take the form of cryptic questions, where each question is supposedly a hint, a clue, or a riddle containing some awesome revelation that would make treasure hunter Nicolas Cage smack his forehead and yell, "OF COURSE!" Yet the questions are usually the type of stuff found in grade-Z spy novels, and often contain their own obvious irony, such as this knee-slapper:

Has POTUS *ever* made a statement that has not become proven as true/fact?
—"Q Clearance Patriot"[15]

Q's postings are known among aficionados as "breadcrumbs" because they're thought to be tidbits of information forming a trail that leads to... well, with a bit of imagination, you can make these random words and phrases lead anywhere.[10] And they're vague enough that they could apply to pretty much anything. Many sound like they were written by Deepak Chopra channeling Alex Jones. The phrase "down the rabbit hole" (a reference to Alice's Adventures in WonderlandWikipedia's W.svg) is popular among believers who feel they are lucky participants in a great adventure where nothing is random and everything has meaning, and to "follow the white rabbit" is to be willingly led on a journey of ridiculous speculations regarding Q's postings.[15]

Like Batman, QAnon's identity is supposedly a deep, dark secret, and so the kookosphere swirls with speculation. Some name "NSA whistleblower" Thomas Drake, whose anti-Obama posture has gained him somewhat of a fanbase on the far-right.[16] Others say it's Steve Bannon. Or Trump himself. Or Donald Trump Jr. Or an artificial intelligence.[17]

Adding to the confusion, a number of "Q impostors" and fakes have appeared, as well as copycat Anons such as "MegaAnon" and "WH Anon", prompting the faithful to conclude it's all just part of a "Deep State" plot to smear QAnon.[18][19]

In reality, however, the supposed deep cover agent QAnon is most likely a 4chan troll doing it for the shits and giggles. At the very least, Russian troll accounts were pushing the QAnon bullshit to idiots on Twitter before being purged.[20]

"The Storm"[edit]

No, not that Storm, er, Stormy.Wikipedia's W.svg

The term "The Storm" was apparently inspired by a non sequitur mumbled by Trump to the press during a routine photo-op with senior military leaders in October 2017.[21]

TRUMP: “You guys know what this represents? ... Maybe it’s the calm before the storm.”

REPORTER: "What storm, Mr. President?"

TRUMP: "You'll find out."
—Trump, to puzzled reporters.[22]

Because he was surrounded by high-ranking military officers at the time, believers have interpreted his bizarre remarks to mean he was recruited by military intelligence to lead a "quiet coup" to restore "integrity" to the US government; hence, he will impose martial law and unleash a "storm" of retribution against satanic Clintonites, Democratic evil-doers, Deep State dirtbags, and RINO cucks. And this coup will succeed, according to one believer, since "deep state corruption has a heavy Jewish influence" and "the military has a very low rate of Jewish people".[23]

So, while the shit was supposed to hit the fan in November 2017 with mass demonstrations and the suppression thereof, a military coup, the arrest of hundreds of public officials, and the fact that November came and went without any of these things happening does not appear to have had any effect on the theory's overzealous supporters. On the contrary, it appears it has made it even more popular.[24]

Post-Mueller[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Trump-Russia connection

In March 2019, the Russia investigation officially ended, with Robert Mueller turning in his report to the Attorney General.[25] There were no mentions of aliens, pedophile cults, false-flag attacks, cannibalism, or any of the other bullshit beliefs held by QAnon believers.[citation NOT needed] There's now been enough time to show that the QAnon conspiracy is still alive and well despite having one of its core tenets disproven:[26] Mueller is most certainly not using the Russia investigation as a secret means to destroy Hillary Clinton's supervillain organization.

Unfortunately, this is just how conspiracy theories work, and this one is no different. QAnon had wide overlap with the conspiracy that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg secretly died and had been replaced by a body double, but upon seeing the theory disproven, its believers doubled down anyways.[27] In other words, despite being unfathomably stupid, QAnon is going to live in the dark corners of the internet for a long, long time.

All aboard the crazy train![edit]

Free the Clinton-Podesta Martian child sex slaves!
Mueller was hired to investigate Clinton, period. If my theory proves to be correct, this will go down as one of the most brilliant sting operations in history.
—Liz Crokin[28]

Train conductors[edit]

Pizzagate promoters, such as Liz Crokin and David Seaman, have taken a very active interest in this brand new opportunity to spread batshit insanity, with Crokin claiming that Sean Hannity is privately "on board" with the conspiracy theory. Seaman, being an old Pizzagater, has plenty of experience weaving bullshit from out of thin air. On Christmas Eve, December 24, 2017, Q apparently posted a picture of George Washington crossing the Delaware river, and Seaman claimed that the painting showed Washington in the act of "starting the American Revolutionary War" (it doesn't, the war started in Boston more than a year before), and excitedly concluded, "so in other words, the second revolution is upon us and the deep state is being taken out now."[29]

Then, of course, there's leading birther and InfoWars esteemed crackpot Jerome Corsi, who's now hard at work with the stable geniuses of 8chan in an effort to "decipher" Q's crumbs.[30][31] But none can hope to rival professional insanity dispenser Alex Jones, who has enthusiastically endorsed "The Storm" crackpottery,[32] especially the part about a global Clinton-led pedophilia ring, which happens to fit in nicely with his claims that child sex slaves have been kidnapped and shipped to Mars.[33] Or well, he did, until Qanon and the merchandise around it started cutting into his bottom line and sales of protein pills. Now Jones claims that Qanon is a false flag meant to make conservatives look like a bunch of paranoid schizophrenics, as if they needed the help.[34]

Alt-right conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec has claimed on One America News Network that QAnon was created by two pro-Trump Twitter trolls who were inspired by the novel Q, written by four Italian authors under the pseudonym Luther BlissettWikipedia's W.svg.[35] He's claimed that the original two trolls left and the 8chan QAnon posts are now done by people who are in it for the money.[35]

Pundit Curt Schilling has promoted QAnon on his Breitbart podcast.[36]

Because she didn't look dumb enough already, TV actress Roseanne Barr promoted QAnon on Twitter in 2017 and 2018 to her 0.9 million followers.[37]

Train passengers[edit]

A violent ride[edit]

Forrest Gordon Clark, suspected arsonist

In March 2018, the Reddit board for QAnon was shut down due to "encouraging or inciting violence and posting personal and confidential information", and its moderators were banned from the site.[44] In June 2018, Mathew P. Wright of Henderson, Nevada was arrested for allegedly blocking the bridge over the Hoover Dam with his home-made armored vehicle and guns; he held out a sign that was linked to QAnon.[45][46] In July 2018, Pennsylvanian Gardner Boyd was arrested for allegedly threatening to kill Trump and was reported to have made several references to QAnon.[47] In August 2018, Forrest Clark was arrested for allegedly igniting a forest fire in Orange County, California; Clark had previously posted about QAnon and other conspiracy theories.[48]

Meanwhile, a charity group in Arizona called Veterans on Patrol is now patrolling the state searching for child sex trafficking operations after having stumbed onto a homeless shelter and coming to the dumbest possible conclusion.[49]

In the Trump administration[edit]

Trump and his greatest fans.

President Trump occasionally likes to throw his most insane group of supporters a bone. At one of his rallies, he gestured approvingly towards a man with a "Q" shirt, and this happened because someone on Trump's team thought it appropriate to give the conspiracist a front-row VIP pass.[50] The president also likes to retweet posts from QAnon accounts, which, while not directly related to the conspiracy, easily lead interested followers back to it. Most recently, he retweeted a post about Jeanine Pirro from an account that had "Q" as its goddamn profile picture.[51]

Trump's pastry chef at his Florida retreat is very vocal on Instagram, and revealed that she sought her current job so she could serve Trump while he takes down the alleged Democratic pedophile conspiracy.[52] Her posts also suggest that she has interacted with the president's security detail on a regular basis and shows that she enjoys baking QAnon-themed pastries for Mar-a-Lago guests.

Going viral[edit]

These people can read?

All of the dubious claims of this conspiracy theory have been easily debunked, discredited, and immediately recognized as complete and total fabrications, slander, and lies. Despite this, legions of rabid, far-right-wing extremists and conspiracists have embraced and promoted the theory in an increasingly crowded field of loonies inhabiting the cesspools of social media and YouTube.[30] A detailed analysis of the whole fetid affair is documented in a boringly exhaustive copypasta.[4][53]

As a show of just how far this insanity has gone, a QAnon book called QAnon: An Invitation to the Great Awakening was written by a number of anonymous authors and reached number goddamn 2 on Amazon's algorithmically generated “hot new releases” and best-sellers lists.[54]

QAnon map dissection[edit]

As the map shows, QAnon functions as a grand unified conspiracy theory because it lumps in just about every imaginable conspiracy theory (together with some historical reference points and almost no context). There are a number of conspiracy theories that are based on bigotry: antisemitism (e.g. concerning George Soros),[55] Anti-Catholicism (e.g., concerning Jesuits), anti-African American (concerning the Obamas), and anti-Masonic, and these are baked into the map. In that sense, QAnon can be used both as a mirror for one's own bigotry and as a crank magnet, drawing one into the "rabbit hole" with more and more "cray cray".

A harebrained Qanon map, beckoning you to jump down the rabbit hole. Apophenia much?

Having trouble reading small point ALL CAPS? Is your mind confused by the non sequitur tornado? Here we present a handy-dandy hyper-linked, linearized textualization of the damn map. Unhelpfully, it's still full of non sequitur. The dissection roughly follows the map left to right and top to bottom.[note 2]

Real world "Q" clearance[edit]

In the Department of Energy, this is a real thing.Wikipedia's W.svg As a DOE clearance, it presumably relates to nuclear secrets of the United States. It obviously makes sense that this publicly known and extremely important clearance level would be primarily used to hide everyone's secret pedophilia.[note 3]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. This and variant quotes have been alleged by conspiracy theorists to be from Mayer Amschel RothschildWikipedia's W.svg (1744–1812). The earliest known attribution was in 1913, a century after his death.[56]
  2. The dissection of the map, a bloody mess:
  3. The original author of this section is not-so-secretly an on-and-off DOE employee. Albeit one who specializes in climate science rather than child molestation.

References[edit]

  1. BSO sergeant who wore ‘QAnon’ patch in photo with Pence has been disciplined by Carli Teproff (December 03, 2018 07:26 PM, Updated December 04, 2018 07:24 AM) Miami Herald.
  2. A New Wave Of ‘QAnon’ Activists Emerge From The Cult Of MAGA by Jared Holt (July 9, 2018 12:51 pm) Right Wing Watch.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Paris Martineau, The Storm Is the New Pizzagate — Only Worse. New York Magazine, 19 December 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Book of Q on aim4truthblog.files.wordpress.com. Retrieved on 4 October 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Qanon's "Calm Before the Storm" KnowYourMeme
  6. David Neiwert, Conspiracy meta-theory 'The Storm' pushes the 'alternative' envelope yet again. Southern Poverty Law Center, 17 January 2018.
  7. What is QAnon? Explaining the bizarre rightwing conspiracy theory. Julia Carrie Wong. The Guardian. 30 Jul 2018.
  8. THE COMING STORM on imgur. Retrieved on 19 January 2018.
  9. QAnon Conspiracy: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know Erin Laviola. Heavy.
  10. 10.0 10.1 What Is QAnon? The Craziest Theory of the Trump Era, Explained Sommer, Will. The Daily Beast. 07.06.18
  11. Twitter, @Bocavista2016
  12. ‘We are Q’: A deranged conspiracy cult leaps from the Internet to the crowd at Trump’s ‘MAGA’ tour by Isaac Stanley-Becker (August 1, 2018 at 6:43 AM) The Washington Post.
  13. Fact-checking QAnon conspiracy theories: Did J.P. Morgan sink the Titanic? by Erick Trickey (August 4, 2018 at 7:00 AM) The Washington Post.
  14. JFK Jr. didn’t die! He runs QAnon! And he’s No. 1 Trump fan, omg!!! by Avi Selk (August 5, 2018 at 1:37 PM) The Washington Post.
  15. 15.0 15.1 @TH3WH17ERABB17 promoting Q's "crumbs" on Twitter
  16. Wow, QANON's Identity Revealed + Donald Trump's Storm Is Underway Fulcrum
  17. Interviewing Liz Crokin on the Storm, Q Anon, Pedogate & Twitter Feuds (Jan 2, 2018) BeforeItsNews.com
  18. Deep State Attacks Q Anon with Nazi Smear Campaign, Fake Q Postings, And Mega Anon on Q Anon "Stillness in the Storm" (a kind of Q fansite)
  19. Q-Tube Updates: The Other Side of the QAnon Phenomenon with Jerome Corsi and Tracy Beanz starshipearththebigpicture.com
  20. Russian troll accounts purged by Twitter pushed Qanon and other conspiracy theories. The accounts’ tweets featured the hashtag #MAGA, usually in support of President Trump, almost 38,000 times — the most of any hashtag. by Ben Collins and Joe Murphy (Feb. 2, 2019, 6:55 AM PST) NBC News.
  21. Margaret Hartmann, Trump Won't Say Why He Called Military Dinner 'Calm Before the Storm' New York Magazine, 6 October 2017.
  22. What Did President Trump Mean by ‘Calm Before the Storm’? New York Times, October 6, 2017
  23. 4CHAN BREADCRUMBS INSIDER - Was Donald Trump Recruited by U.S. Military Intelligence to be President? Voat
  24. Failed Prophecies Won’t Stop Trump’s True Believers Barkun, Michael. Foreign Policy. Nov 8, 2018
  25. READ: Attorney General Barr's Letter On Mueller Report NPR. March 22, 2019.
  26. The Mueller investigation is over. QAnon, the conspiracy theory that grew around it, is not. Vox. Mar 29, 2019.
  27. Conspiracy Theories Never Die: RBG Edition MARCH 18, 2019
  28. How Mueller & President Trump are Pulling the Biggest Sting in History LizCrokin.com
  29. Wow, QANON's Identity Revealed? + Donald Trump's Storm Is Underway David Seaman, YouTube.
  30. 30.0 30.1 Kyle Mantyla, Jerome Corsi Has Uncovered Irrefutable Proof Of The Authenticity Of ‘QAnon’. Right Wing Watch, 11 January 2018.
  31. Meet “The Storm,” the conspiracy theory taking over the pro-Trump internet Medium
  32. Exclusive: The Secrets of QAnon, The Storm, and The Deep State Counterstrike Alex Jones, YouTube
  33. NASA Denies That It’s Running a Child Slave Colony on Mars The Daily Beast
  34. Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny, The far right is struggling to contain Qanon after giving it life. NBC News, 10 August 2018.

    Infowars founder Alex Jones once promoted the theory, but then told his followers that it had been compromised. "Stick a fork in the avatar of Qanon," Jones declared in May, claiming to have spoken to the person behind the leaks that make up the theory. "It is now an overrun disinformation fount."

  35. 35.0 35.1 Exposed – Creator of QAnon Speaks for the First Time by Jack Posobiec (UPDATED 7:52 AM PT — Wed. Sept. 5, 2018) One America News Network (archived from September 6, 2018).
  36. Breitbart's Curt Schilling embraces and amplifies absurd "QAnon" conspiracy theory. Schilling: "It's a group of people that are very Christian-focused group of people, who believe the deep state is real — which I don't think we can deny anymore, that the deep state exists" (June 29, 2018 11:13 AM EDT) Media Matters for America.
  37. Roseanne Barr is tweeting about QAnon, a new Pizzagate-style conspiracy theory by Will Sommer (Mar 30, 2018) Twitter.
  38. About Matthew Mathew Lusk, Republican, for U.S. Representative from Florida District 5 (archived from April 9, 2019).
  39. Republican QAnon follower mounts 2020 challenge to Al Lawson by A.G. Gancarski (April 8, 2019) Florida Politics.
  40. Just For the Record (March 29, 2019 6:04 PM) Mathew Lusk, Republican, for U.S. Representative from Florida District 5 (archived from April 9, 2019).
  41. Issues Mathew Lusk, Republican, for U.S. Representative from Florida District 5 (archived from April 9, 2019).
  42. Operation Rescue Hypes QAnon ‘Blockbuster Intel Drop’ About Planned Parenthood by Miranda Blue (March 15, 2018 12:44 pm) Right Wing Watch.
  43. Blockbuster Intel Drop Reveals Trump is Trying to "End" Planned Parenthood – Twitter Attempts Censorship by Cheryl Sullenger (March 13, 2018) Operation Rescue (archived from March 14, 2018).
  44. How three conspiracy theorists took 'Q' and sparked Qanon by Brandy Zadrozny & Ben Collins (Aug. 14, 2018 / 4:25 PM GMT) NBC News.
  45. DPS: Man who blocked Hoover Dam bridge held sign calling for release of Comey report by Nathan J. Fish (Published 1:55 p.m. MT June 15, 2018 | Updated 9:33 p.m. MT June 15, 2018) AZ Central.
  46. 2 Arizona arrests have ties to QAnon conspiracy theory movement by Richard Ruelas (Published 12:04 p.m. MT Aug. 7, 2018 | Updated 3:00 p.m. MT Aug. 7, 2018) AZ Central.
  47. QAnon Referenced by Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Trump: Jeffrey Boyd told a Pennsylvania woman he had come from Oklahoma with a gun because of CIA mind-control and other Q-related clues. Police say he threatened the first family. by Will Sommer (08.10.18 10:35 PM ET) Daily Beast.
  48. California Wildfire Suspect Posted About QAnon, Other Conspiracies: "This place is going to burn," Forrest Clark allegedly texted a volunteer fire chief two weeks before the fire. by Sebastian Murdock (08/10/2018 03:44 pm ET) HuffPost.
  49. #QANON Conspiracy Theorists Are Hunting for 'Child Sex Camps' in the Arizona Desert Motherboard
  50. Trump Team Gives VIP Rally Access To ‘QAnon’ Truther Holt, Jared. Right Wing Watch. June 21, 2018
  51. Trump retweeted a QAnon supporter during his Twitter bender Daily Dot. 2019-03-18
  52. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Pastry Chef Is a QAnon Believer Wade, Peter. Rolling Stone. FEBRUARY 23, 2019
  53. qanon.pub, an archive of QAnon-related posts.
  54. How a conspiracy theory about Democrats drinking children’s blood topped Amazon’s best-sellers list Vox. Kaitlyn Tiffany. Mar 6, 2019.
  55. Is QAnon, the Latest pro-Trump Conspiracy Theory, anti-Semitic? Many say QAnon, which centers around a mysterious online figure, is an ominous sign of an emerging lunatic fringe by JTA and Charles Dunst (Aug 03, 2018 9:01 PM) Haaretz.
  56. Talk:Conspiracy Wikiquote (archived from 10 Feb 2019 22:59:37 UTC).