On Thursday, ahead of the moment that the QAnon movement believes former President Donald Trump will seize power and be reinstalled as the 19th "real" president, Newsweek documented the most prominent cases of the conspiracy theory group's predictions failing to materialize.
"Among some of the thousands of posts from Q, who claimed to have high-level security clearance within the U.S. government, are those stating there will be a large number of suicides from high-profile Trump critics in February 2018, as well as claims that the U.S. would drop a 'Mother of All Bombs' on North Korea," reported Ewan Palmer. "There have also repeated claims of mass arrests in connection to a secret network of satanic pedophiles, including leading Democratic figures."
Some of the other prominent failed predictions include: that Hillary Clinton would be arrested; that there would be a wave of mass arrests and executions of Trump's enemies known as "The Storm"; and that John F. Kennedy Jr. never really died and would come out of hiding to help Trump win re-election.
The basic premise of QAnon is that Trump was secretly working to defeat a shadowy group of child-trafficking, cannibalistic Satanists who control the United States — a belief that recycles a number of longtime "Sovereign Citizen" and anti-Semitic tropes. It identified as a potential source of violence and domestic terrorism by the FBI.
With Trump out of power, the movement is slowly eroding, and some of its former believers are questioning the whole thing.