April 18, 2021

The Misunderstanding of QAnon Continues

Articles about Q in the mainstream press always amuse me, because it’s so easy to get access to everything Q has posted, and since they haven’t posted in weeks, it’s not like a year or so ago when it was hard to keep up. There’s no excuse for them not knowing what Q said about anything.

Now, QAnon followers, that’s a different story. Some followers made money, some exploited Q to build their fanbase, and like most conspiracy theories, just about anything that happens can tie back to posts– especially when you tell everyone you’re speaking in code, you’re sometimes wrong intentionally, and that everything from timestamps to reflections mean something.

All that being said, I find the current state of the world in relationship to Q to be amusing, if not disheartening. There are still some that are clinging to whatever remaining hope there is that Trump has a plan in place to drain the swamp– he just had to wait until he lost the election, didn’t have the opportunity to prove it through civilian means, had to be kicked off all social media platforms, and have to run the clock almost out before he could do anything.

On the right, there are those, like Cernovich (@Cernovich) which believe that Q was a psyop against the GOP. If the people that believed Q’s “Trust the Plan” comments had only been helping to dig into the details of the election, had campaigned harder at the state houses, and spent their computing power helping the “good guys,” Trump may have had a chance to win the battleground states. He credits the idea that Q has told their followers time and again that they didn’t need to do anything but follow, pray, and trust the plan– that Trump’s team had it all figured out, gamed out, the military and GITMO were involved and that people needed to stay out of it so that no one got hurt.

On the left, there are those like the Washington Post, that consider Q the boogey man behind the attacks.

Much of QAnon devotees’ energy has in recent months flooded to false allegations that Trump had been robbed of an election victory. The QAnon-boosting attorneys Sidney Powell and L. Lin Wood led a failing pro-Trump attempt to overturn the election. The QAnon conversation online had pivoted from taking down a global cabal to targeting a more specific mission: “Stop the Steal.” So when Trump invited supporters to Washington for mass demonstrations on Jan. 6, the day Congress was set to certify Biden’s victory, researchers said pro-Trump agitators and QAnon believers saw it as a demand for action. “Be there,” Trump tweeted last month. “Will be wild!”

“QAnon reshaped Trump’s party and radicalized believers. The Capitol siege may just be the start.”

If the left leaning sites wanted to help cool the temperature of the QAnon crowd, they’d be reinforcing the idea that Q told them to trust the plan, rather than “cross the rubicon” or whatever else is trending. There’s no support in the Q postings for the people to ever attack the Capitol.

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