The United States of America has seen a number of domestic terrorism threats over the years — QAnon being one of them. But what exactly is the QAnon conspiracy theory, and what does it have to do with Donald Trump?
This article will tell you everything that you need to know. About QAnon
What Is the Definition of QAnon?
QAnon is a political conspiracy theory that devolved into a political movement. A popular QAnon movement slogan is, “Where we go one, we go all.” This is most commonly seen abbreviated as “WWG1WGA” and was first documented back in April 2018.
The QAnon conspiracy was the offspring of a lesser-known conspiracy, simply known as Pizzagate.
What Is Pizzagate?
Pizzagate grew legs on the anonymous message board “4Chan” after numerous emails were released when Russian hackers got into the account of John Podesta. In case you’re unfamiliar with John Podesta, he was Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair for her bid in the 2016 United States presidential election.
Ultimately Pizzagate conjured up the (entirely ridiculous) existence of an elite cabal of satanic cannibals, which was believed to be operating as a child sex trafficking ring out of the (nonexistent) basement of Comet Ping Pong Pizzeria in Washington, DC.
Where Did QAnon Come In?
Near the end of 2017, an unidentified individual — or group of individuals — known simply as Q posted an entry on 4Chan, claiming to be a government official. Allegedly Q held top-secret “Q clearance” and had ties to the Trump administration.
Q stressed that former U.S President Trump would initiate “The Storm” (AKA the “Great Awakening”). Trump supporters claimed this would be an attack on deep-state officials responsible for the cabal invoked previously by Pizzagate — the resulting conspiracy theory would later become known as QAnon.
The messages posted by “Q” became widely known as breadcrumbs or “Q drops,” which were more often than not peppered with pro-Trump themes, slogans, and pledges.
At the beginning of 2018, Q drops migrated from the message boards of 4Chan to 8Kun (originally 8Chan). 8Kun was owned by an American expatriate who had been living in the Philipines named Jim Watkins.
Watkins and his son Ron would play a significant role in the spread (as well as possibly the creation) of the Q mythos.
The final Q drop appeared on the message boards on December 8, 2020, which contained a video clip implying that former U.S. President Trump would soon be sworn in for a second term. Like most Q predictions, this never came to fruition.
What Are Other Conspiracy Theories?
Believe it or not, QAnon isn’t the only conspiracy theory to make headlines. Other conspiracy theories include:
- Various chemtrails
- Birds are not real
- Roswell cover-up and crash
- Princess Diana’s murder
- Barack Obama birtherism
- “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion“
- Various 9/11 conspiracies
- The assassination of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy
- The moon landing hoax
- The Beatles and Paul McCartney’s death
- Satanic panic of the 1990s and 1980s
- Numerous other COVID-19 conspiracies (as well as 5G wireless + coronavirus related conspiracies)
Related Words You Should Know
Now that you understand what our word of the day means, let’s take a look at a few related words that you’ll likely come across as you continue your journey in understanding QAnon:
- Extremists — A person who has beliefs that most may find unacceptable or unreasonable
- Democratic — Anything based on the principles of democracy
- Right-Wing — The political right, conservatives
- The U.S. Capitol — The seat of legislative branch of the U.S. federal government and the meeting place of the United States Congress
- Disinformation — False information that is spread specifically to deceive others
- FBI — The Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Anti-Semitic — A strong dislike for Jewish people, actions that express hate towards Jewish people
- Fake News — A term that refers to news outlets that pretend to be real but are actually fake (AKA misinformation).
- Joe Biden — The 46th United States President
- Pandemic — A disease that exists in virtually all of a certain group of animals, people, or plants.
- Hoover Dam — A bridge that a QAnon believer blocked on June 16, 2018
- Congress — An elected group of politicians in the United States responsible for making laws. Congress consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate
- Marjorie Taylor Greene — An outspoken QAnon supporter from Georgia who was elected to the US Congress in November 2020
Simply stated, QAnon is a far-right conspiracy theory dating back to 2017 and the anonymous message board 4Chan. QAnon claims that former U.S. President Donald Trump is secretly fighting a “deep state” cabal of satanic cannibals and pedophiles.
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