Republicans back QAnon at CPAC, while former Q supporters call it a terrorist groupPosted by Annie May / March 2, 2021
The QAnon conspiracy theory seems to be working its way ever deeper into the Republican Party. At CPAC, for example, multiple Q supporters spoke from the stage, and one even supported the theory from it. Meanwhile, a former QAnon supporter has called the movement a terrorist group.
The infamous QAnon Shaman has claimed, through his lawyer, that he was “groomed” by Trump’s “public propaganda.” The claim comes as part of his bid to get out of jail.
The most devoted members of the Q Movement still think that Trump is president, and that he will somehow be inaugurated on March 4 (which is when presidents used to be inaugurated…75 years ago). Officials are now worried that these supporters will once more try to storm the Capitol, and so the National Guard has been activated.
Multiple Capitol rioters specifically wrote that they believed Donald Trump instructed them to riot, specifically referencing Trump’s words, “fight like hell.” Together, this evidence will harm Trump’s impeachment defense.
Security experts have warned that the right-wing embrace of conspiracy theories represents mass radicalization, a claim borne out following the dramatic events after the election, QAnon supporters have vowed to leave the GOP, possibly forming a party of their own. Many of the mob involved in the violence at the Capitol were wearing QAnon logos or holding up Q-related signs.
During the election, A 20-year-old voting contractor in Georgia is facing death threats after a QAnon influencer orchestrated a campaign against him. Trump, meanwhile, is fanning the flames by posting long, rambling tirades on Facebook that include the same charts and graphs that QAnon uses.
Two armed Virginians were arrested in Philadelphia for trying to deliver fake ballots. They had QAnon paraphernalia in their car.