CNN interviewed a bunch of QAnon-loving Trump supporters outside the president’s rally in Wilkes-Barre, and I almost feel sorry for these people. They are gravely deluded. pic.twitter.com/CYxw93qCPi
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 3, 2018
Yeah, it certainly would not be hard to play a prank on these morons.
Courtesy of Buzzfeed:
The QAnon conspiracy theory is vague, complicated, and nonsensical, and it’s been building support online since October 2017. It started with a post on 4chan’s “Politically Incorrect” messageboard called “Bread Crumbs.”
The author of “Bread Crumbs” claimed he was a member of the federal government with a Q clearance. Q clearance is a security authorization at the Department of Energy that would grant someone top-secret access to national security information, among other things.
The post was screenshot and posted to Reddit’s conspiracy subreddit and, voila, QAnon was born — “Q” for the security clearance, “anon” for anonymous.
A month after the 4chan post, a manifesto titled “The Book of Q” was posted to a Google Drive.
Since then, the theory has bounced around a million social media sites, shifting and changing as more and more users share it and alter it to fit their needs.
Here is the gist of what the followers of “Q” believe:
According to Q, nearly every president before Trump was a “criminal president” who was part of an evil global organization of Satanist pedophiles. It also claims members of the US military who are not working for the global pedophile cabal supposedly approached Trump and begged him to run for president so that they could purge the government of the deep state operatives without a military coup.
Q claims Trump is not under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, but that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are. And Trump is actually working with Mueller.
Q regularly drops clues that followers call “crumbs,” which are meant to predict things. For instance, he claimed John Podesta would be arrested or indicted Nov. 3, 2017 — which, of course, didn’t happen.
There were also other “crumbs” predicting events that never happened, but there were a few that seemed to prophesize incidents which DID happen, and much like people who believe in Astrology it is just enough to keep them convinced.
However Buzzfeed uncovered some evidence that seems to indicate that the QAnon movement is not just horseshit, but horseshit purposefully served as “breadcrumbs” by Leftist pranksters.
While it’s almost impossible to prove who started QAnon, there is some evidence that it was meant to be a prank all along. And more importantly, it’s looking more and more likely that QAnon is actually a prank by leftists or anarchists to make the far-right look deranged.
Last month, an Italian leftist activist collective called the Wu Ming Foundation pointed to a book they published in the ’90s that is shockingly similar to QAnon.
In 1999, Roberto Bui, Giovanni Cattabriga, Federico Guglielmi, and Luca Di Meo, writing under the name “Luther Blissett,” published an Italian novel called Q.
It follows the journey of an unnamed Anabaptist religious radical across Europe during the 16th century. He joins various movements that emerge following the Protestant Reformation. The whole time he’s being pursued by a spy for the Roman Catholic Church named Q.
The book sparked all kinds of debates about what it’s actually about, but its authors said it was meant to be autobiographical. “We often described it as ‘playbook,’ an ‘operations manual’ for cultural disruption,” they said.
Basically, Q is a handbook for activists who want to disrupt society.
The authors who make up the entity once known as “Luther Blisset” say the coincidences are hard to ignore and believe their book quite likely inspired pranksters to take what they did to the next level.
Now before you discount the theory that this might just be a huge prank, keep in mind that your alternative choice is that there is a legitimate secret mole in the government who started posting legitimate clues on 4Chan of all places and that Donald Trump is some kind of baggy suit wearing superhero who has come to rescue all of us from a secret government cabal now referred to as the “deep state.”
Oh, and did I mention that one of the most popular theories about Q’s identity is that John F. Kennedy Jr. faked his own death and went underground only to emerge many years later as, you guessed it, the enigmatic Q.
So are you thinking that there is no way so many people could be this easily fooled?
Then just watch this.
And I think we’re done here.