As informed and reasonable people of conscience know, Trump and his followers fit every definition of a cult. His fanatic followers see him as a supreme infallible leader sent by God to save us, and would still support him even after he incited insurrectionists to attempt a violent coup for him to stay in power.
Even worse for our Republic, Trump’s cult has an extremely dangerous sub-cult of people even more deranged than his usual rabid followers.
"Q" signs flashed throughout Trump's rallies. Many of Trump’s terrorists wore the letter “Q” when they stormed the Capitol. “Q” is the online identity of an individual or persons who anonymously post wild conspiracy theories and pro-Trump hysteria.
Just as the white supremacist Proud Boys took Trump’s words to “Stand back and stand by” as their cue to be ready for war, Q took its cue from Trump’s “calm before the storm” remark.
QAnon quoted it and went with it. The insurrection would be their storm. They would arrest and kill all those who opposed Trump. They declared they were saving the world from “Satan-worshiping pedophiles and cannibals plotting against Trump”.
In other words, Democrats. And they had “the plan” to stop them.
Remember “Pizzagate”? That was a QAnon hoax that claimed Democrats were blood-drinking baby-eaters running a child sex trafficking ring out of the basement of a pizza place. One crazed cultist with a gun was arrested while taking it upon himself to investigate. Maybe he should have first learned the pizza place had no basement.
Not that a cult cares about facts.
Republican QAnon cult fans Boebert and Greene are now US Representatives. Witnesses and evidence indicate they gave pre-insurrection tours for their friends and supporters.
Rudy Giuliani has re-tweeted posts with actual QAnon hashtags.
On Parler, Trump henchman Devin Nunes of California, directed people to The Dirty Truth, where QAnon-related conspiracies were spread. Trump’s former campaign manager Brad Parscale also re-tweeted content from The Dirty Truth.
Trump’s criminal crony and traitor Mike Flynn swore and oath to Q on camera.
Eric Trump posted a giant “Q” on Instagram, as well as the hashtag version of the community’s slogan: “Where we go one, we go all.”
And Trump digs Q. On July 4th he re-tweeted QAnon supporters 14 times.
When asked about the Q conspiracy he responded, they “appreciate” and “like me very much,” adding that “these are people that love our country.”
“I do know they are very much against pedophilia, they fight it very hard.” Trump reportedly said that QAnon supporters “basically believe in good government.”
Well, then. They are “very fine people” indeed. Followers believe Q is a secret Trump operator with a "Q-Level Security Clearance” in his administration. Some believe it is Trump himself. But they all believe the misinformation and lies with the fervor of Moonies and Scientologists.
No wonder. QAnon is a cult within a cult. Q uses all of Trump’s favorite fear-inciting trigger words like “deep state”, "fake news" and “radical leftists”. Any kind of white nationalist rhetoric and fascist lies are tools of hate in the 8chan/Q shop of horrors.
Media Matters reported “During his presidency, Trump amplified QAnon-promoting Twitter accounts at least 315 times”.
“Trump has repeatedly amplified QAnon Twitter accounts. The FBI has linked the conspiracy theory to domestic terror.”
Maybe you’ve seen film maker Cullen Hoback’s HBO documentary series "Q: Into The Storm". If you saw it, you’ll know who is behind the great scam and QAnon cult. The mystery has been solved. If you dislike spoilers, you may want to view this documentary before reading further. Be advised it is 6 hours long and is on HBO for several content related reasons.
8chan is the notorious internet gathering site of creeps, perverts, Nazis, Trumpers, and other racists who like to express their “free speech” anonymously online. 8chan has published three manifestos that were suspected to have been written by mass shooters, including the racist perpetrator of the El Paso massacre.
It is owned by a racist creep named Jim Watkins, who ran a porn site during his time in the US Army. He became a "pig farmer" in the Philippines, and comes across as a slimeball role-playing a super villain.
Watkins claims he is "not political", but ran a Trumpian site called "The Goldwater". A woman known as "Red Pill" claimed she was fired when Roger Stone discontinued his financial support. She later refused to discuss the matter after being threatened by an unnamed source.
Fredrick Brennan, the founder of 8chan, sold it to Watkins and is no longer connected to the site. "Do the world a favor and shut it off," he told the Washington Post. "Once again, a terrorist used 8chan to spread his message as he knew people would save it and spread it. The board is a receptive audience for domestic terrorists."
And of course, 8chan is also the home of Q, Writing analysts have noted a shift in Q writing styles in 2018. It would seem the torch was passed.
The sleaze doesn’t ooze far from the sleazebag. Jim Watkins’ son Ron "Code Monkey" Watkins is the administrator of 8chan. This means he has total control of the content. He said he knew Trump's former white nationalist agitator Steve Bannon "was Q from the beginning".
So there we have it. That's a mighty deep secret to pop into the narrative, but why would an ardent Trump supporter lie?
Ron bragged on camera about his work on "Q Research" to Cullen Hoback.
“Yeah, so thinking back on it, it was basically three years of intelligence training, teaching normies how to do intelligence work. It’s basically what I was doing anonymously before... but never as Q.”
A second's pause later he flashed a grin. Another pause. Then Watkins started laughing, “Never as Q. I promise. ‘Cause I am not Q, and never was”.
This was from the character who claimed he is the only person who “Q” chooses to communicate with directly.
As the Q cult likes to say, “There are no coincidences”.
And there are no cults, racists, liars, fascists, sociopaths, Republicans and Trumps.
Definitions of the deranged abound. How do we change the thinking of the deranged, that has seeped in to 10's of millions of Americans? They now have the numbers to put their deranged leaders in office of power. It would be funny, if it were not so dangerous.
The domestic threat to our democracy will not end until the authoritarians who win power through Orwellian "Ignorance is strength" tactics are denounced, defeated, and dishonored by an overwhelming majority.
I'm not sure it is possible in this age of massive disinformation. If Trump's Koup Klux Klan insurrection didn't shock the country into realizing the threat, I hate to think what will.
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