Under pressure, Trump resurrects the QAnon conspiracy

Donald Trump, who is planning a new run for the White House in 2024, is entangled in legal cases, breathing new life into the QAnon conspiracy movement, which he claims to be the icon of.

While the anonymous founder of the far-right nebula “Q” may be gone, the former Republican presidential candidate showed at a recent campaign rally in Ohio that the movement remains strong and is rallying behind him.

Donald Trump’s supporters were photographed raising their hands in celebration, index fingers extended, as Trump ended his speech to the sound of electronic music identified by the progressive think tank Media Matters as “Where one of us goes, we all go.” “, sometimes referred to by its initials WWG1WGA in English, is QAnon’s anthem.

Donald Trump previously used the tape in an August 9 video protesting the FBI’s search of his residence, as well as several times, which was spotted by QAnon followers on social media.

Donald Trump is also increasingly echoing QAnon’s ideas on his truth-telling social network. On September 13, he shared an edited photo of himself wearing a huge Q on his lapel.

The QAnon nebula originally subscribed to the theory that Joe Biden and the Democrats were part of a global satanic and pedophile conspiracy. Among his followers was “Shaman” Jacob Chansley, who entered the Capitol on January 6, 2021 shirtless and armed with a bison horn spear.

But experts say the conspiracy movement is now embracing more “Trumpist” theories, such as denying Joe Biden a 2020 presidential victory or the notion of a “deep state” that Donald Trump often uses to denounce officials. He works to undermine the powers of the President.

For Rachel Goldwasser, a far-right expert at the Southern Poverty Law Center, it’s now “hard to tell the difference” between QAnon and Donald Trump’s MAGA (Make America Great Again) movement.

Trump the “hero” of the conspiracy.

A billionaire today is “a kind of conspiracy theory hero,” he explains.

Born in the United States in 2017, the QAnon movement took its name from cryptic messages published by a certain “Q” who was believed to be a senior American official close to former US President Donald Trump.

Over the years, these theories have convinced more and more Americans, and the FBI is monitoring this far-right group, which is considered potentially dangerous.

Many QAnon activists participated in Donald Trump’s campaign rallies with QAnon banners or T-shirts emblazoned with a capital Q. Trump never officially supported them, but he never distanced himself from them.

After his election defeat, and especially after the attack on the Capitol on January 6, the conspiracy movement ran out of steam. “Q’s” posts were taken down, and someone associated with the website where they appeared urged his followers to embrace Joe Biden’s victory.

Banned from mainstream social networks, QAnon followers turned to Telegram and then, when it launched in February 2022, to Truth Social.

Influencers

Largely muted, Nebula has refocused attention on the alleged election fraud that led to Donald Trump’s defeat, with several influencers rallying behind the issue.

John Sabal, known as “QAnon John”, has thus organized a large meeting in Dallas in 2021 and is planning another in November.

Former General Michael Flynn, who was Donald Trump’s national security adviser, is traveling the United States to spread the same theories. Without overtly mentioning QAnon, he uses the same terminology as the far-right when he claims that “a storm is brewing.”

Footage taken at a fundraiser in California on September 18 shows Mr Flynn and others listening to a woman sing “Where one of us goes, we all go”.

Pointing to the sky hasn’t been a QAnon-related gesture so far, but the episode has sparked many fears: images of Trump supporters with raised arms have been especially compared to Nazi salutes.

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