Over the course of the last couple of weeks, the QAnon conspiracy theory group has been getting a lot of attention from the mainstream media. The primary cause of the surge in attention to this fringe group are the hundreds of individuals now showing up to Trump rallies with signs and clothing in support of QAnon.
For those unaware of the history of this group, I covered them prior to their surge of media attention, pointing out their claims to have access to classified material about the “deep state’s” attack of the Trump Administration. Their theories are based on a person, or small group of people, first identifying themselves as “Q” on the /pol/ board of 4chan, which is often the online hangout for anonymous Nazi-sympathizers. In fact, shortly after my article, pointing out their Nazi ties, they tried to refute my claims by threatening to throw me in a ‘gas chamber’.
Q’s posts are incredibly vague, leaving it up to their followers to interpret them as they wish. This allows supporters of Q to bend reality to fit Q’s predictions, ultimately further legitimizing Q’s posts.
The main beliefs of QAnon are that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, George Soros, and other officials are in the planning stages of a systematic coup against the Trump Administration, while they also are allegedly involved in a child sex trafficking ring. The theories are so incredibly far-fetched that most political pundits simply laugh them off. QAnon feeds off of mainstream media attention, which is exactly what they got over the last couple of weeks. This attention, however, may have brought in an unwanted guest.
Another anonymous group, the hacking group called ‘Anonymous’, has declared war on QAnon this week. The Twitter profile @YourAnonNews, which has 1.6 million followers and is believed to be the central hub, of sorts, for the Anonymous group, has just released a video and subsequent Twitter campaign threatening to “wreck” QAnon.
“We have plans,” Anonymous says. “We will not sit idly by while you take advantage of the misinformed and poorly educated. In our collective we all have our differences and internal drama but we do have one thing in common; none of us are happy with your bullsh*t.”
The full video attack on QAnon, released by Anonymous, can be viewed below: