A disturbing video filmed outside of President Donald Trump‘s rally at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Thursday shows a large number of Trump supporters are not only aware of, but appear to believe in a false and harmful conspiracy theory that is attacking liberals and Democrats, calls “QAnon.”
The Washington Post calls QAnon a “deranged conspiracy cult.”
The “QAnon” conspiracy theory suggests that there is a “deep state” cabal working within the federal government the take down President Trump via a coup led by former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the right’s favorite target to hate: George Soros.
Some QAnon cultists also believe some liberals and Democrats are part of a grotesque child sex trafficking ring, similar to the fake and dangerous “PizzaGate” conspiracy theory. A fast-rising QAnon book charges some prominent Democrats eat children.
Buzzfeed last year described QAnon as “a nonsensical and evidence-free mega-conspiracy theory that claimed Donald Trump was appointed president by the military to save the nation from a pedophilia ring. The hysteria around it has recently placed people in real danger.”
“Adherents of the Qanon conspiracy theory,” NBC News‘ Ben Collins earlier this month reported, “falsely believe that the world is run by a Satanic cabal helmed by former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and that President Donald Trump and Special Counsel Robert Mueller are secretly working in tandem to eliminate the cabal.”
Collins reports on the QAnon cult as part of what he calls his “dystopian beat.'”
On Twitter last night he wrote:
So many things in American society had to fail for this many people to believe one party is run by an actual Satanic cabal that eats children, and Trump, Jesus and Bob Mueller are secretly ending it.
Social media companies helped it grow, but this is widespread systemic failure.
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) March 29, 2019
How many of Trump’s supporters appear to believe in this dangerous conspiracy theory, and appear to support it?
Just watch this video clip Collins posted of Trump supporters outside the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids last night, responding to “Q.”
I've been covering Qanon for a year, and the amount of pro-Q people in this video from yesterday's Trump rally line in Grand Rapids is absolutely shocking. This is just a portion of it. pic.twitter.com/hTDGEnPsEi
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) March 29, 2019
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