Trump's announcement of rallies with Bill O'Reilly sets off furious backlash among QAnon supporters: report
President of the United States Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a "Keep America Great" rally at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

According to a report from Newsweek, Donald Trump's announcement that he will be touring with former Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly in December was greeted with dismay and incredulity by QAnon followers who believed he would already have been reinstalled as president in August.

The tour, which will include stops in Sunrise, Florida, then Orlando before moving on to Houston and ending in Dallas on December 19, carries a ticket price of $100, with Trump announcing, "My tour with Bill O'Reilly is getting a lot of attention, and I'm looking forward to it. Maybe tickets would make a great Father's Day gift? In any event, I'll see you then, and much sooner."

That announcement set off a flurry of comments on Telegram -- a popular forum for QAnon adherents -- who reacted with confusion and anger.

According to Newsweek's Ewan Palmer, "Supporters of the radical movement expressed concerns that Trump going on a speaking tour later this year surely means that he will not be returning as president—a false claim they have continued to believe since he lost the 2020 election more than seven months ago."

As one Telegram user, identified as Peace Lilly, wrote, "OK I GUESS MY QUESTION IS TRUMP COMING BACK? WHY WOULD HE BE DOING A TOUR THRU THE END OF THE YEAR WITH O'REILLY. HMMMMMMMMM SOMETHING DOESN'T FEEL RIGHT?."

"So nothing will happen until December?" wrote another, with a third adding, "Man I sure hope we don't have to wait that long before you're back in office."

"It's only a few dates close together...it could be done if it works out like it should...could cancel....but yup..kinda a gut punch statement. But we are in an information war, so who the hell knows," wrote another with Trump supporter Angela Baldwin writing, "So basically the August thing is a bunch of bull because a reinstated President doesn't go on tour."

Newsweeks' Palmer added that many QAnon followers are still pinning their hopes on the Arizona ballot audit, believing it will set in motion overturning the 2020 presidential election results and reinstall Trump in the Oval Office.

You can read more here.