“…few in America even know what QAnon is. QAnon theories are widespread and amorphous. QAnon is, in many respects, a fabrication of the news media surrogates of the Left,” wrote provocateurSuzanne Downing this week in Must Read Alaska, as she seemingly defended Qpublican congressional representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, who was stripped of her committee assignments yesterday. Eleven Republicans joined House Democrats to do so — signaling to the country how few true Republicans are left in the GOP.
Greene (Q-GA), has called for Nancy Pelosi to be executed, says there’s no evidence a plane crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11, blamed the California wildfires on Jewish laser beams and believes in QAnon.
Assurably, Downing knows Greene is likely positing herself to be the new face of what’s left of the Republican party that Donald Trump left decimated in the wake of his apparent coup attempt.
Downing had no actual choice, however, but to defend the QAnon cult and suggest to her readership that QAnon is another made-up illusion of the delusional “Left” as more than a few Alaskans subscribe to some or all of the conspiratorial movement’s beliefs. Many local cult adherents have found refuge and safety in the Save Anchorage Facebook group, where articles from the Alaska Watchman and Must Read Alaska are more than prevalent. The group’s members are known for posting anti-Semitic statements and imagery, debunked vaccine conspiracy theories and misinformation about masks and the Coronavirus pandemic.
Those aligned with the far-right and the Save Anchorage group accused former Anchorage mayor Ethan Berkowitz of being a pedophile. They accused Anchorage Press Editor Matthew Hickman of being a pedophile. They accused Joseph Biden of being part of the cabal — all important elements to remember as you read what follows.
Pizzagate, which preceded QAnon, but which is now part of QAnon — was a conspiracy theory spread during the 2016 election that falsely claimed Democratic Party officials and U.S. restaurants were involved in human trafficking, cannibalism and child sex rings — just exactly the stuff the “Left” wants to “fabricate,” as Downing alleges. Perhaps she believes we really do eat our own.
The number of current QAnon adherents while not entirely clear is not insignificant. In July of last year, Twitter banned seventy thousand accounts associated with the cult, and in August of that same year a Facebook internal analysis found millions of QAnon followers across thousands of groups and pages.
Make no mistake, QAnon is indeed dangerous to its core with 8kun (formerly 8chan), operating as the Homebase of the far-right conspiracy theorists and the only place cult leader, “Q” posts messages. 8kun for those unaware, has been linked to “white supremacy, neo-Nazism, the alt-right, racism and antisemitism, hate crimes, and multiple mass shootings.”
Last September, months before the QAnon led insurrection on Capitol Hill, the Freedom of Mind Resource Center wrote prophetically that “there is great concern QAnon might turn violent, particularly if Trump loses the election.”
QAnon spews Nazi anti-Semitic tropes, and it uses biblical references as some are convinced that Jewish bankers want to enslave people and incite world wars, evoking an out-and-out Nazi cult.
QAnon cultists believe that Coronavirus is a cover-up for child sex trafficking, and misinformation in the cult has begun to incorporate around a new narrative: the supposed risks of coronavirus vaccines.
The cult has recruited anti-vaxxers who are sowing distrust of virus experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci and believe Bill Gates wants to put microchips into people.
In August of last year, a previously unpublished FBI bulletin from May 2020 showed that the federal agency labeled “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists” as a growing threat. “The FBI assesses these conspiracy theories very likely will emerge, spread, and evolve in the modern information marketplace, occasionally driving both groups and individual extremists to carry out criminal or violent acts.”
By November of last year, QAnon had 12 crimes associated with followers of the cult. One of those twelve was Anthony Camello, who was accused in March 2019 of killing Francesco Cali, a Gambino mob boss. Comello said in court that QAnon had led him to kill Cali, whom he believed was part of the deep-state. His lawyer, Robert C. Gottlieb, said in a court filing that Comello believed “Trump supported the hit.”
After QAnon Trump supporters led the insurrection on Capitol Hill in a coup attempt, the FBI informed law enforcement agencies that believers of the QAnon and far-right ‘lone wolves’ were planning to infiltrate then President-elect Joseph Biden’s inauguration by posing as National Guard members in a story broken by the Washington Post.
QAnon has undoubtedly been empowered by Trump as he legitimized the cult in the White House press room by refusing to disavow them, instead claiming that the only thing he knew about them was that they liked him “very much,” and the rest of the story is now history.
We all watched as brainwashed crazed QAnon Trump supporters breeched Capitol Hill in an unbelievably brazen attempt to overturn the results of a free and fair presidential election. Five people have died and over 135 people have now been arrested in connection with the attempted coup.
QAnon isn’t “fabricated by the news media surrogates of the Left,” as Downing writes, but rather is a dangerous and violent conspiracy theory-driven movement created by the far-Right and promoted by their spokesperson Donald Trump.