I’ve been following Qanon on and off over the past year or so.
It’s a nice idea. As I understand it, it goes like this: there is someone from military intelligence codenamed Q who is very close to Donald Trump (perhaps even in the same room), and who leaves enigmatic messages online, and thereby provides Trump with an information outlet separate from the mainstream media. Doing something like this makes some sense, given that the MSM are utterly opposed to Trump, and misreport him all the time. Sample enigmatic recent Q post:
Q !!Hs1Jq13jV6 ID: f475cc No.10872166
Oct 1 2020 13:42:30 (EST)
[D] party con.
[D] party playbook.
Who are the real racists?
THE WORLD IS WAKING UP.
What does it mean? I have no idea. Was it a prediction that Trump was about to get Covid himself? Was that the “C19 event”? Or was the “C19 event” just the current pandemic? Who knows?
The MSM seems to have just gone crazy about Q:
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As far as I’ve ever seen, there’s nothing “violent” or “dangerous” about Q. Anyone who thinks there is has been reading that into it. No surprise if the MSM don’t like Q: they’re in competition.
I just think it’s all a bit of online conspiratorial fun. It adds a new dimension to events. But I don’t take it at all seriously.
And Q hasn’t posted anything since 1 October. If he’s always near Trump, perhaps he’s in Walter Reed hospital, recovering from his own bout of Covid?