‘Q’, the leader of the QAnon movement, which promoted the theory that the world is controlled by cannibalistic Satan-worshipping child molesters, has resurfaced, posting online for the first time in two years.
“Are we going to play a game again,” the figure behind the global movement said Friday night on the 8kun online chat form, which was officially 8chan.
Followers recognized the post from the unique signature of the original Q on the forum. Although his identity has never been revealed, linguistics researchers believe that Q is computer entrepreneur Ron Watkins, the founder of the Internet chat room.
Ron Watkins, pictured here, is widely believed to be the man behind the Q posts on the 8kun online forum
His cryptic messages on 8kun created a worldwide movement that pushed the conspiracy theory that Donald Trump was recruited by the military to bring down the imaginary Satanist cabal.
QAnon supporters were part of the group of insurgents who stormed the Capitol on January 6 to prevent the certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Disinformation scholars believe Q’s re-emergence coincides with the recent controversial US Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v Wade, which sparked nationwide protests.
Disinformation scholars believe Q emerged to capitalize on division in the country following recent Supreme Court rulings
Jacob Anthony Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, a QAnon supporter known as ‘QAnon Shaman’, addresses a crowd of Trump supporters in November 2020
“Taking advantage of social and cultural instability has kind of been QAnon’s hallmark for a very long time,” said Bond Benton, associate professor at Montclair State University. the New York Times. “It throws gasoline on the fire and reinforces people’s fear of the future.”
The new post appears to echo a scene from the 1980s film ‘War Games’ in which a hacker played by Matthew Broderick breaches a Department of Defense computer and nearly starts a nuclear war believing he is just playing games. to a computer game.
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Followers wondered where their leader was after all these years.
‘Throw us a Q bone, we’ve all been waiting for what feels like forever. What’s going on?’ asked an anonymous forum member on Friday.
Typical of the inscrutable leader, the response was minimal.
“It had to be done that way,” Q replied.
And later, in another indecipherable post, he wrote: “Are you ready to serve your country again? Don’t forget your oath.
The 8kun posts were copied and posted on Twitter by the Daily Beast writer Does Sommerwho wrote about the subculture.
QAnon started as a fringe group on the obscure internet forum 4chan in 2017, but grew into a global movement that spread wild conspiracies, including one that claimed there was an international Democrat-run pedophilia ring operating from a pizzeria in Washington, DC. called Comet Pizza.
Watkins, who is campaigning at half-mast in Arizona for a seat in the House of Representatives, denied being Q but backed QAnon conspiracy theories.
“There are probably more good things than bad,” Watkins told The Times earlier this year, after being exposed. He ticked off a few pluses, like “fighting for the safety of the country and for the safety of the country’s children.”
Despite Q’s silence, followers have still pushed their beliefs wild on the internet.
Some of those posts have won followers within the mainstream Republican Party, with Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert voicing support for the movement.
Photos posted on social media by Steven Monacelli, the editor of Protean magazine, show QAnon followers gathered on the infamous grassy knoll. At one point, the band comes in the form of a giant “Q”
In March, Q supporters promoted the theory that a speech by President Joe Biden on the Russian cybersecurity threat was a call for corporations to shore up a “new world order” with a “shadow government.”
“No, Joe Biden, there is no new world order coming on my watch,” GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado wrote on Twitter in response.
Other QAnon followers believed that John F. Kennedy Jr, who died in a plane crash in 1999, faked his death and would return to lead the country after Donald Trump.
The group gathered in Dallas at Dealey Plaza, where President John Kennedy was shot, on November 2, 2021 while waiting for the son to materialize.
He didn’t show up.
Coleman revealed his thinking behind his belief that his wife, Abby, had reptile DNA which she passed on to their children
Matthew Coleman confessed to killing his 2-year-old son Kaleo and 10-month-old daughter Roxy by shooting them in the heart with a spear gun in Mexico in August 2021
In a two-page letter, Coleman wrote to a friend about what has crossed his mind in the 10 months since he was locked up for the murders of his two children in August 2021.
A poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute last year found that 15% of all Americans believe in the basic tenets of QAnon.
The FBI called the move a terrorist threat.
Goofy political theories aside, QAnon followers have shown themselves capable of extremely violent acts.
Father-of-two Matthew Taylor Coleman killed his two-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter with a harpoon gun in Mexico in August 2021 in a cloud of QAnon-fueled illusions. He believed his wife had reptile DNA that she had passed on to their children.
Coleman believed that Q was communicating directly with him and that he “finally… realized that he had to kill his children to prevent them from becoming an alien species that would cause carnage on Earth.”
It was only after his conviction for the murder of the children that he realized his mistake.
” I was wrong. I know now that the [reptile] DNA was an illusion in my mind. I made myself believe something that wasn’t there,” he wrote in a letter from prison.
QAnon: America’s most sinister group of pro-Trump conspiracy theorists
Origins: Q no started on fringe website 4chan, where a poster calling himself Q left messages claiming to be a senior federal official and claiming to reveal a ‘deep state’ cabal intent on bringing down Donald Trump . Q was born out of the discredited ‘Pizzagate’ conspiracy that saw top Democrats involved in pedophilia and cannibalism out of a Washington D.C. restaurant basement, but quickly gained momentum with ‘Q’ leaving “hints” and claiming that Trump was going to bring down the Deep State. Whenever the conspiracies turn out to be false, followers explain that the inaccuracies are part of Q’s larger plan.
Who is Q? : There may now be multiple people impersonating Q on 4chan’s anonymous forums
A QAnon believer blocked the bridge near the Hoover Dam with a homemade armored tank on behalf of the movement, then pleaded guilty to terrorism
Hoover Dam: In June 2019, 32-year-old Matthew Wright, a QAnon supporter, blocked the bridge near the Hoover Dam in Arizona with a homemade armored vehicle in a 90-minute standoff. He pleaded guilty to terrorism charges and wrote two letters to Donald Trump from prison, which include the signature, which has become QAnon’s motto: “For where we go one, we all go.”
Michael Flynn: Trump’s former national security adviser has become a martyr figure for QAnon believers after agreeing to a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller, admitting he lied about his contacts in Russia. The QAnon conspiracy has Flynn pleading guilty to being a persecuted victim of the Deep State – and some are even claiming he is “Q”.
Many believers put three star emoticons next to their Twitter handles. But the retired three-star general has denounced any connection to the group and pulled out of attending an event after discovering it was organized by a QAnon believer.
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QAnon political candidates: Jo Rae Perkins, 64, won the Republican primary in Oregon in May to run for a Senate seat against incumbent Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley. “I support Q and the team,” she said when asked about her interest in the band. She insisted that she went to QAnon’s message boards as a “source of information” and claimed the media focused too much on the group. Perkins won 49% of the vote against three other Republicans.
Marjorie Taylor Greene came in first place in the Republican primary in a dark red Georgia district and was elected to the United States House of Representatives in November 2020. She says she stopped believing in QAnon in 2018, but continues to make controversial statements, and was forced to apologize in June for comparing mask mandates to the Holocaust