Disappointed QAnons Move the Goalposts to March 20th
Ever since their failed coup attempt at the Capitol on January 6th and their inability to stop Inauguration Day from coming, QAnon conspiracy theorists have believed that Donald Trump would resume his place in the White House on March 4th, the standing presidential Inauguration Day prior to the 20th Amendment’s passage in 1933. Inaugurations took place on January 20, the day President Joe Biden was sworn into office earlier this year, after that.
But when nothing actually happened in Washington on Thursday (aside from the Republicans kicking off a ridiculous and petty filibuster in the Senate), they quickly advanced the idea that the new Inauguration Day is now just a few more weeks away, with a new date set for March 20th. However, some within the QAnon community are–wait for it–beginning to doubt the veracity of the constant goalpost moving that is the essence of all successful conspiracy theories and cults.
“Can’t help but get the feeling that these ‘March 4 true inauguration’ stories are planned disinfo being peddled by the injected anons to dupe people into spreading probably nonsense theories that make the whole movement look dumb,” one QAnon influencer wrote in an online forum early last month.
If you're a member of #QAnonCult and you thought today was going to be Inauguration Day for trump, I'm happy to piss on your parade with the news that Spanky is still the biggest loser in history and Joe Biden is STILL YOUR PRESIDENT.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) March 4, 2021
But some QAnon supporters seemed to rebrand the March 4 conspiracy in the wake of community suspicion. While two individuals affiliated with the false theories simply suggested that Trump’s inauguration would take place sometime in the spring, one man, identified as Ken, told Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel that the former president “will be inaugurated again on March 20” in comments over the weekend. Ken also believes that “Trump is still in command of the military” and “Biden is acting as president as a ruse while the Pope and others are rounded up
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) February 28, 2021
The upcoming date will mark the 167th anniversary of the Republican Party’s founding. Former members of the Whig Party are said to have technically established the GOP during a meeting in Ripon, Wisconsin, on March 20, 1854. It’s anyone’s guess as to which random date they’ll choose when nothing also happens on the 20th of this month.