Asked about QAnon a couple of days back, Donald Trump had an interesting response:
WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday offered encouragement to proponents of QAnon, a viral conspiracy theory that has gained a widespread following among people who believe the president is secretly battling a criminal band of sex traffickers, and suggested that its proponents were patriots upset with unrest in Democratic cities.
“I’ve heard these are people that love our country,” Mr. Trump said during a White House news conference ostensibly about the coronavirus. “So I don’t know really anything about it other than they do supposedly like me.”
When told by a reporter about the central premise of the QAnon theory — a belief that Mr. Trump is saving the world from a satanic cult made up of pedophiles and cannibals connected to Democratic Party figures, so-called deep-state actors and Hollywood celebrities — Mr. Trump did not question the validity of the movement or the truth of those claims.
Instead, he offered his help.
“Is that supposed to be a bad thing or a good thing?” the president said lightly, responding to a reporter who asked if he could support that theory. “If I can help save the world from problems, I am willing to do it. I’m willing to put myself out there.”
Mr. Trump’s cavalier response was a remarkable public expression of support for conspiracy theorists who have operated in the darkest corners of the internet and have at times been charged with domestic terrorism and planned kidnapping.
Is QAnon a conspiracy theory?
In my understanding, QAnon – or more exactly Q – is someone working with Donald Trump in the White House, dropping enigmatic clues on 4chan about what Trump was planning to do. Q also dropped “proofs” of his proximity to Trump, by posting seconds before or seconds after Trump’s tweets.
I took quite a lot of interest in Q when I first heard of him, because it seemed like a new and interesting way of communicating. But I got bored when Q’s predictions seldom seemed to come true: nobody was ever indicted. People wondered why the MSM didn’t ask Trump about Q directly. It seems that they now have done so at last.
In my read of Q, it’s not really that “Mr. Trump is saving the world from a satanic cult made up of pedophiles and cannibals” or that Q is advocating “domestic terrorism and planned kidnapping.” What’s interesting is his apparent close proximity to Trump (some people think that Q actually is Trump).
Sample recent Q post:
Q !!Hs1Jq13jV6 ID: 04cbbc No.10351242 4622
Aug 19 2020 21:14:09 (EST) NEW
Ask yourself a very simple question –
Why is everything re: ‘Q’ being censored, banned, and attacked?
When do you expend ammunition [resources]?
The answer to the second question is “when you’re over the target”. And the answer to the first question follows from the second: Q is censored, banned, and attacked when he targets Trump’s enemies.
The best thing Trump’s enemies could do would be to simply ignore Q. But they don’t. And this draws more attention to him. If this is a conspiracy theory, it’s because the MSM themselves conspire to keep Q alive.
I think Q is really just a bit of fun in an otherwise funless world.