Trump continues boosting extreme accountsJ.D. WolfOver the last day, Trump has continued amplifying QAnon accounts on Truth Social. Trump has some favorites that he promotes to his millions of loyal followers. Trump is regularly boosting fringe accounts to his MAGA base.Trump shared content from user "FruitSnacks," who previously posted an image of Trump with a "Q+" graphic on his suit and a claim that the January 6th riot was staged by the government. Reminder, Trump was president on January 6th.Trump shared posts complaining about his indictment and calling government leaders "traitors" from account "Lara47," who uses the QAnon slogan WWG1WGA, "Where We Go One, We Go All."
Story by Tom BoggioniAn Arizona sheriff who made a name for himself by refusing to enforce Covid-19 protocols is throwing his hat in the ring for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) by moving even farther to the right and embracing QAnon conspiracy theories.Sheriff Mark Lamb of Pinal County has been hitting the QAnon podcast shows circuit as he attempts to elevate his profile for a run at the seat that may see him running against failed Republican gubernatorial governor candidate Kari Lake who is already catering to the conspiracy-minded fringe.According to a report from Salon's Areeba Shah, Lamb "has appeared on at least five QAnon-friendly shows, including the podcasts 'X22 Report' and 'Uncensored Abe' as well as shows hosted by John Michael Chambers and Sean Morgan, both prominent figures in the QAnon movement who have pushed a variety of conspiracy theories to their audiences." During one appearance Lamb boasted "I follow the show, so this is a treat for me."
Story by Alex HendersonAlthough former President Donald Trump still enjoys considerable support in the Republican Party and the MAGA movement, some far-right anti-vaxxers turned against him when he came out in favor of COVID-19 vaccines. Trump maintained his opposition to vaccine mandates, but he stressed that Americans who were vaccinated had a much better chance of surviving a COVID-19 infection than those who were not.During a December 2021 interview, Trump told the Daily Wire's Candace Owens, "Look, the results of the vaccine are very good, and if you do get (COVID-19), it's a very minor form. People aren't dying when they take the vaccine…. The vaccine works. The ones that get very sick and go to the hospital are the ones that don't take their vaccine. But it's still their choice, and if you take the vaccine, you are protected."One of the anti-vaxxers who views Trump's support of COVID-19 vaccines as a betrayal is Alabama-based QAnon conspiracy theorist Christopher Key. According to Daily Beast reporter Zachary Petrizzo, Key is so angry with Trump that he entered a contest in the hope that he would win and have a chance to tell the former president off in person.
By Miles KleeFor many of Donald Trump’s supporters, today is a dark day indeed: The president pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts today after being formally arrested in a Manhattan courtroom. But for those in the Qanon conspiracist movement, hope springs eternal, and “The Storm” is always just around the corner.Ahead of Trump’s arrest, mainstream conservatives argued that it set a new precedent, opening the door to future cases against Democrats including Joe Biden , Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton . But the Q hardliners have taken this idea much further, arguing that deep state liberals have fallen into an obvious trap. They were particularly excited by a comment from Dan Scavino, a former Trump adviser and White House Deputy Chief of Staff: “The guardrails are off, a turning point in the United States of America,” he tweeted and posted on Truth Social. “There is no going back.”
Some QAnon believers are enraged by Trump's 2024 announcement and have started ignoring 'Q drops.' But experts say the movement is as fervent as ever.Story by firstname.lastname@example.org (Alia Shoaib)When former President Donald Trump announced that he was planning to run for president in 2024, there was confusion and anger in the extremist QAnon community. The QAnon conspiracy movement, which is based around the belief that Trump is secretly working to expose a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles that run the world, has in recent years grown to become a part of mainstream politics.While many QAnon believers reacted to his long-anticipated announcement with excitement, some voiced their anger, because it implied he was accepting that he lost the 2020 election – something he and his most ardent supporters have spent the last two years rejecting. "Hey you guys, the elections are all rigged… But [vote] for me again! This is literally 1984-tier doublethink," one user wrote on 8kun, according to screenshots posted on Twitter. "He just conceded 2020 election we're just gonna skip over the 2020 and 2022 fraud," another user wrote on Telegram. "There's no justice for treason, there's no justice for crimes against humanity."
QAnon conspiracists joining forces to take control of state elections: 'Trump is going to be president again'By Travis Gettys | Raw StoryQAnon influencer Juan O. Savin is building a coalition of partisan secretaries of state who could help rig future elections in favor of Republican candidates. Savin, a longtime conspiracy theorist whose real name is Wayne Willott, co-founded America First Secretary of State Coalition (AFSOSC) with Jim Marchant, who's running for that office in Nevada, to organize efforts to place like-minded candidates in charge of states' elections, reported The Daily Beast.“On Friday mornings, I have a call with all my candidates from around the country,” Savin told attendees of the Truth Tour 2 last week in Clearwater, Florida. “Some people aren’t aware, I actually have the largest candidates group in the country: candidates coalition, secretaries of state, governors, attorney generals, all that.” After Donald Trump's loss in 2020, his supporters have looked at secretary of state offices as a means to force Republican wins, and Marchant has made that explicit in his campaign in Nevada.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson appeared to give a nod to fringe theories about Democrats engaging in child sacrifice on his show Monday night.
According to the Q-Anon conspiracy theory, there is a global cabal of elites who sexually traffic children and kill them. As a corollary, former President Donald Trump was working to expose the operation to the world. During his opening monologue, Carlson said Democrats are not reaping the political benefits they were hoping to gain by speaking about abortion ahead of the midterm elections next month. In June, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, and with it a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling has had a galvanizing effect on the Democratic base, but whether it helps the party at the polls next month remains to be seen.“They’re going to take your abortions away. That was the Democratic message for the midterm elections, coming up in just a few days,” Carlson told viewers. “But there was a problem with the messaging. So, Covid had just ended and people – not being entirely stupid – still remembered this very same Democratic party, the same people, had forced the entire population to wear paper masks like children, and then to take the shot as a condition of going outside.”
By Sarah K. Burris | Raw StoryVice News reveals that a press secretary for Romana Didulo, the QAnon influencer who purports to be the true Queen of Canada, has announced that she is now leading the world. “The entire team was privileged to hear Queen Romana speak to the United States Commander and Chief via telephone and hear the intel disclosed. Wait for it…. ” said Didulo’s press secretary. “Queen Romana is the leader of the world!” She stood in a parking lot with a new RV and a purple Queen Roman logo. The press aide explained that this would bring legitimacy to the new Queen of the World. “Queen Romana has done all of the heavy lifting and now it is up to we the people to stand in our authority and put these decrees into place,” she told the queen's followers of the 79 "decrees" that the queen has issued. "The only visible leader on this planet is her royal majesty Queen Romana period, and that’s a mic drop."
Debunking the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory that the Texas school shooting was a false flag email@example.com (Cheryl Teh)A baseless conspiracy theory is brewing in QAnon circles, positing without evidence that Tuesday's Texas school shooting was a false flag attack. The ridiculous claims began brewing on Telegram groups hours after the attack, with QAnon influencers weighing in on the massacre that has claimed the lives of at least 21 people, including 19 children. Both the Poynter Institute and Politifact have debunked the false claims that the shooting was staged. However, that has not stopped QAnon influencers from casting doubt on the tragedy. QAnon John, now known as "The Ultra Patriot Voice," posted on his Telegram group hours after the shooting, drawing attention to what he baselessly claimed was "an endless amount of false flags and mass shootings" in Texas. He asserted that "gun seizing fever dreams" were driving people to attempt to ban firearms "through fear and force."
Alex Jones explodes at caller over 'damn' QAnon: 'I have to put up with the Q people all over the place!'David EdwardsNotorious conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Monday said that the QAnon movement had helped Democrats "steal the election." During his daily broadcast, Jones lost his temper after a caller asked who was behind QAnon. "Q is such a horrible thing that I hate even talking about it," Jones said, comparing the movement to a "cult." "It was all a delusion," he added, "so the Democrats could steal the election." Sensing that he had not convinced the caller, Jones became irate. "Do you understand that we lost the country because of Q?" Jones shouted. "And I have to put up with the Q people all over the place! And I'm tired of it!"
The New York TimesSASABE, Ariz. — The 15 migrant children, weary and hungry, stumbled toward a gap in the rust-colored border wall that soars between Mexico and Arizona, nearing the end of their two-week trek north. Unexpectedly, a man in a cap emblazoned with a blackened American flag — traditionally, a message that “no quarter” will be given to the enemy — approached them and coaxed them to his campsite. Soon, the girls and boys, who were from Guatemala, were sitting under a blue tent devouring hamburgers and sausages. Their host for the day in this remote part of the Arizona desert, Jason Frank, an enthusiastic follower of the QAnon movement, distributed “Let’s Go Brandon” T-shirts featuring an image of President Biden. Giggling and confused, the children changed into the shirts and posed for a group photo. Later, they formed a prayer circle with Mr. Frank and the rest of his team before the Border Patrol showed up. Mr. Frank and his group, guns holstered on their hips, have been camping out near Sasabe, Ariz., as a self-appointed border force with the stated aim of protecting the thousands of migrant children who have been arriving from the evils of sex trafficking — a favorite QAnon theme.
By Travis Gettys | Raw StoryAn Ohio man who turned his back yard into a tribute to former President Donald Trump has won a Republican congressional primary race. J.R. Majewski, a Port Clinton Republican, will challenge Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur, a 40-year veteran lawmaker, in a congressional district redrawn by GOP legislators to lean slightly to the right after years of being staunchly Democratic, reported the Toledo Blade. “What I have learned over the past year is that Ohioans are ready to start putting America First,” Majewski said in a statement. “Our grassroots movement across northwest Ohio intensified with every terrible mistake the Biden administration continued and still continues to make. I am more energized than ever to unite the Republican base.” The 42-year-old Majewski, who defeated state Sen. Theresa Gavarone (R-Huron) and state Rep. Craig Riedel (R-Defiance), painted his lawn twice in 2020 to look like a huge Trump campaign sign and took part in the Jan. 6, 2021, "Stop the Steal" rally but says he did not go to the U.S. Capitol afterward, although he stops short now of saying the election was stolen.
QAnon-Affiliated Ron Watkins Bombs at GOP Debate, Forced to Take Back Wild Claim About Biden and Ukraine: ‘I Made a Mistake’Alex GriffingRon Watkins, a conspiracy theorist and administrator for the website 8kun (formerly known as 8chan), bungled his political debate debut on Wednesday night as another Republican candidate corrected one of his more wild claims. Watkins is running in the GOP primary for Arizona’s second Congressional district and is considered to be a longshot candidate to represent the Tucson area. The controversial figure is best known for having been suggested in the HBO documentary series Q: Into the Storm as being “Q” himself. QAnon is the far-right conspiracy theory, which has morphed into a political movement, that believes a secret cabal of satanic, child sex traffickers is working with the deep state to destroy Donald Trump, who is prophecized to eventually defeat the cabal with mass arrests and executions in “the storm.” The documentary uncovered the fact that “Watkins had lied about his role in the more than 4,000 messages Q had posted since 2017” and posited that was the key piece of evidence to show Watkins was indeed himself “Q,” according to a Washington Post report on the documentary.
Opinion by Kathryn JoyceIf the New York Times' "1619 Project" and Donald Trump's 1776 Commission mark two defining moments in American history, as well as opposite sides of an ideological chasm, a new book by sociologists Philip Gorski and Samuel Perry identifies a third defining moment. It's not a new proposed founding, but rather an "inflection point," the moment when the nation's history could have gone in another direction. In "The Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy," Gorski and Perry argue that in the years around 1690 — when Puritan colonists began envisioning their battles against Native Americans as an apocalyptic holy war to secure a new Promised Land, when Southern Christians began to formulate a theological justification for chattel slavery — a new national mythology was born. That mythology is the "deep story" of white Christian nationalism: the notion that America was founded as a Christian nation, blessed by God and imbued with divine purpose, but also under continual threat from un-American and ungodly forces, often in the form of immigrants or racial minorities. The result was an ethnic nationalism sanctified by religion as it established a new "holy trinity" of "freedom, order and violence," meted out variously to in-groups and out.
Raw StoryLiz Harrington, the spokeswoman for former President Donald Trump, delivered a speech at a conference organized by QAnon proponents this weekend in which she called for mass arrests of the people who purportedly "stole" the 2020 election. Vice News reports that Harrington delivered the speech at the "Patriots Arise" conference held over the weekend in Pennsylvania, which was organized by two QAnon activists.
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