By Robert Blaskiewicz
The Qanon conspiracy theory is both an old and new conspiracy theory; the narrative elements of the conspiracy long predate this most recent assemblage. In the week since Qanon signs and supporters appeared at the President’s Tampa rally waving signs and wearing Q t-shirts, the press has focused on the bizarre beliefs promulgated by the online community developing and pushing this conspiracy theory. Numerous explainers have appeared over the past few months, but Will Sommer has been on top of the story since the beginning, so I recommend his version. In short, it’s a conspiracy theory that posits that things are really sort of going Donald Trump’s way. The Mueller investigation? Mueller is working for Trump, and together they are going to root out the pedophile murder-squads of the Deep State. It is, in the words of Ben Collins, “Pizzagate on bath salts.”
The evidence for this conspiracy theory supposedly comes from anonymous posts on 4chan and 8chan by someone close to the administration who is supposed to have top-level “Q clearance” and leaves what are known as “breadcrumbs,” or cryptic clues. These “QDrops” are so vague as to invite numerous interpretations, and as a result the beliefs spawned by intense scrutiny are varied and totalizing.
None of this is remotely new in America, however.
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