When President Donald Trump told Fox News' Maria Bartiromo this week that Americans should get the coronavirus vaccine, many of his supporters refused to listen. Instead, they are saying that they still didn't trust it.
Newsweek reported Thursday that QAnon conspiracy theorists have taken it to a new level by saying that it wasn't even Donald Trump on the call.
"Influential QAnon followers have pushed misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines, including claims that it will alter your DNA and turn people homosexual and transgender," Newsweek said. This is one of many reasons that the far-right conspiracy theorists want nothing to do with the vaccine.
QAnon conspiracies promised a mass of executions at President Joe Biden's inauguration. It didn't happen. They then predicted an uprising to reinstall Donald Trump as the president on March 4, which also didn't actually happen, though one small group did show up outside the Capitol with the MAGA hats on.
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The new set of conspiracies out of QAnon are vaccine-related. The group is desperately trying to square how their leader would support the vaccine, even take the vaccine, and risk turning into "a gay." The solution was to deny that the call was Trump.
"Hi guys, I listened to it again... how he greeted Maria [Bartiromo] and how he spoke to her! That wasn't him," Newsweek cited Mary Cue's comments in a QAnon channel on Telegram. "I saw and heard a lot of interviews between him and Maria that wasn't like he speaks to her normally and it wasn't his voice at all...Me and some other people noticed this immediately."
Melissa Weeks agreed, saying, "How do I even know that was really President Trump speaking? They can fake anything."
"I just listen to it again and I have to agree it doesn't really sound like him," wrote another Q-fan, Katherine Proudfoot. "Whoever it was was very good at imitating him though."
Q communities continue to believe in a kind of end-times prophecy called "The Storm" in which Trump will rise to power again and carry out mass arrests and executions of child abusers. So, Q user Ghost Ezra, who has 250,000 followers, told his group that the interview "didn't sound like Trump." But if it was, it's probably because the vaccine is somehow related to Trump's plot for "the storm."
"Vaccines = arrests. Learn the language, it could be a matter of life and death. Just say no to the jab," Ezra told the group.