The ‘Deplorables’ take a turn to the truly disturbing and dangerous

For Star Trek fans, “Q” is a recurring character portrayed by John de Lancie in the Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager series. The name “Q” applies to the names of the individuals portrayed (all “male” and “female” characters refer to each other as “Q”), it also applies to the name of their race and to the Q Continuum itself – an alternate dimension accessible to only the Q and their “invited” guests.

This is not about this “Q.”

This is about the dark web racist conspiracy theorists of the alt-right and the Christian Nationalists and Dominionists who collectively generate the “QAnon” conspiracy theory in the dark recesses of the Internet.

They are also worshipers in the personality cult of Donald Trump. These are some truly disturbed individuals who are now openly showing up at Trump rallies. These disturbed individuals will make you long for the run of the mill racist Deplorables from 2016. These disturbing individuals are dangerous.

The Washington Post reports, ‘We are Q’: A deranged conspiracy cult leaps from the Internet to the crowd at Trump’s ‘MAGA’ tour:

On Tuesday evening, the dark recesses of the Internet lit up with talk of politics.

“Tampa rally, live coverage,” wrote “Dan,” posting a link to President Trump’s Tampa speech in a thread on 8chan, an anonymous image board also known as Infinitechan or Infinitychan, which might be best described as the unglued twin of better-known 4chan, a message board already untethered from reality.

The thread invited “requests to Q,” an anonymous user claiming to be a government agent with top security clearance, waging war against the so-called deep state in service to the 45th president. “Q” feeds disciples, or “bakers,” scraps of intelligence, or “bread crumbs,” that they scramble to bake into an understanding of the “storm” — the community’s term, drawn from Trump’s cryptic reference last year to “the calm before the storm” — for the president’s final conquest over elites, globalists and deep-state saboteurs.

What Tuesday’s rally in Tampa made apparent is that devotees of these falsehoods — some of which are specific to faith in the president, others garden-variety nonsense with racist and anti-Semitic undertones — don’t just exist in the far reaches of the Web.

Believers in “QAnon,” as the conspiracy theory is known, were front and center at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall, where Trump came to stump for Republican candidates. As the president spoke, a sign rose from the audience. “We are Q,” it read. Another poster displayed text arranged in a “Q” pattern: “Where we go one we go all.”

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The symbol appeared on clothing, too. A man and a woman wore matching white T-shirts with the YouTube logo encircled in a blue “Q.” The video-sharing website came under criticism this week for unwittingly becoming a platform for baseless claims, first promoted on Twitter and Reddit by QAnon believers, that certain Hollywood celebrities are pedophiles. A search for the name of one of those celebrities on Monday returned videos purporting to show his victims sharing their stories.

The prominence of the “Q” symbol turned parts of the audience into a tableau of delusion and paranoia — and offered evidence that QAnon, an outgrowth of the #Pizzagate conspiracy theory that led a gunman to open fire in a D.C. restaurant last year, has leaped from Internet message boards to the president’s “Make America Great Again” tour through America.

Let’s not forget that Michael G. Flynn, the son of retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, promoted the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, Son of Trump security adviser spread baseless ‘pizza gate’ conspiracy, as did Donald Trump’s Deplorable son, Donald Trump, Jr. Donald Trump Jr. Wants to Give a Top PizzaGate Conspiracy Theorist a Pulitzer.

“Pray Trump mentions Q!” one user wrote on 8chan. He didn’t need to. As hazy corners of the Internet buzzed about the president’s speech, his appearance became a real-life show of force for the community that has mostly operated behind the veil of anonymity on subreddits.

Trump himself has at times been a purveyor of conspiracy theories, most notably in refusing for years to back down from his false claim that Barack Obama was not born in the United States. He also asserted without evidence that Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower, peddled the debunked idea that millions of illegal votes cost him the popular vote and associated the father of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas with the assassin who shot John F. Kennedy.

But viewing their message boards, it’s clear that QAnon crosses a new frontier. In the black hole of conspiracy in which “Q” has plunged its followers, Trump only feigned collusion to create a pretense for the hiring of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is actually working as a “white hat,” or hero, to expose the Democrats. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and George Soros are planning a coup — and traffic children in their spare time. J.P. Morgan, the American financier, sunk the Titanic.

In the world in which QAnon believers live, Trump’s detractors, such as Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, wear ankle monitors that track their whereabouts. Press reports are dismissed as “Operation Mockingbird,” the name given to the alleged midcentury infiltration of the American media by the CIA. The Illuminati looms large in QAnon, as do the Rothschilds, a wealthy Jewish family vilified by the conspiracy theorists as the leaders of a satanic cult. Among the world leaders wise to satanic influences, the theory holds, is Russian President Vladimir Putin.

QAnon flirts with eschatology, fascist philosophy and the filmmaking of Francis Ford Coppola. Adherents believe a “Great Awakening” will precede the final storm foretold by Trump. Once they make sense of the information drip fed to them by “Q,” they will usher in a Christian revival presaging total victory.

The implication is that resolving the clues left by “Q” would not just explain Trump’s planned countercoup. It would also explain the whole universe.

When “Q” is absent for long stretches of time, followers take note.

“Please tell me where to go,” one wrote last month. “I feel lost without Q.”

Some big names have bought into the fantasy. Roseanne Barr, the disgraced star of the canceled ABC revival that bore her name, has posted messages on Twitter that appear to endorse the QAnon worldview, fixating on child sex abuse. She has sought to make contact with “Q” on social media and has retweeted messages summarizing the philosophy built around the online persona. Among QAnon’s promoters are also Curt Schilling, the former Boston Red Sox pitcher, and Cheryl Sullenger, the antiabortion activist.

There is a component of QAnon that can be interpreted as a direct call to action, which has already had real-life consequences.

The Newport Beach Police Department said recently it was looking into the presence of a man outside Michael Avenatti’s law office after a link to the lawyer’s website and images of his office building appeared in QAnon threads. This spring, armed members of Veterans on Patrol stumbled on a homeless camp and demanded that authorities investigate it as a site of child sex-trafficking, NBC reported. They later thanked QAnon followers for taking up their cause.

The Arizona Daily Star’s Tim Steller has much more about this Veterans on Patrol story which occurred in Tucson. Sex-trafficking conspiracy catches fire despite lack of evidence and Nobody is stopping activist’s intimidation, vigilante tactics. The individual responsible has been arrested, but he has followers and supporters in right-wing media.

This is the post-truth era that the conspiracy theory loving pathological liar Donald Trump has ushered in. President Trump has made 4,229 false or misleading claims in 558 days. Trump has made our world a more dangerous place to live.

10 responses to “The ‘Deplorables’ take a turn to the truly disturbing and dangerous

  1. For Sure Not Tom

  2. For Sure Not Tom

    And for proof that the GOP is encouraging crazy people to do crazy things, see Donald Trump’s Tweets about the Free Press being the Enemy of the American People and his calls for violence, all the way down to Arizona’s own crazy Doctor Kelli ChemTrail Ward’s indulging her constituents insane conspiracy theories about Government Mind Control from Above.

    Then see Professor Policeman State Senator Doctor John Kavanagh PhD’s defense of Ward, here on this site just a few months ago, saying she was just being polite to her voters.

    These people encourage the crazies and they have blood on their hands.

    • Yeah, and you’ve got all the low life white trash and other white supremacists calling the cops on black people for no good reason hoping to get them shot.

      At first I’m wondering if this is just what has been going on for decades at basically the same rate but we didn’t hear about it. Now we hear about it because of the videos on social media.

      We don’t have statistics but it certainly feels like a Trump related emboldening effect. And it does feel like it’s getting worse.

      The worst part is the craziness will live on for who knows how long. Even if DT has an aneurysm in his head ready to rupture and he’s gone tomorrow (great fantasy, isn’t it?), the unleashing of all of this hatred, resentment, and willingness to act out will not go away anytime soon.

      And I have no idea what can be done about it.

      • I’m with you on the frustration. Unfortunately mental illness is not grounds for impeachment. That leaves us with a 25 th Amendment solution and that would require the Vice President’s participation—fat chance!

      • For Sure Not Tom

        There’s been a law on the books since 1990 requiring the AG to collect hate crime stats, and the FBI shows that after Trump, feeble minded losers decided since Trump was racist and Trump was POTUS, they were allowed to be themselves.

        https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/03/23/hate-crimes-rose-the-day-after-trump-was-elected-fbi-data-show/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.3acb5f3fe188

        Hate crimes have increased under Trump, and it’s going to get worse at Mueller closes in and the Trumphadi’s feel victimized. They’re part of a cult, and cults don’t end well.

        • For Sure Not Tom

          However, I believe Jeff Sessions has disbanded or defunded a group in the DoJ that was working on right wing domestic terrorist groups, so future reports on hate crimes may not be forthcoming, and Trump has called right wing hate crimes Fake News.

          A White House filled with PoS racists like Stephen Miller and a pervert POTUS who says some Nazis are good people is not going to be calling out hate crimes.

  3. Q? The first thing that comes to my mind is “queer” followed by “Quisling”. Seems to be a very strange choice but then nut-cases do strange things.

  4. For Sure Not Tom

    “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”

    Voltaire

    We’re going to see more Pizzagate shooters before the whole Trump nightmare is done, and people are going to get hurt.

    And our POTUS will say there were “good people on both sides”.

    Because the GOP isn’t just corrupt, it’s gone mad, and it’s dangerous, from the top all the way down.