QAnon Pivots From Pro-Trump To Anti-Vax
Now that they no longer have Donald Trump and his baseless stolen election claims to obsess over adherents of QAnon increasingly are focused on promoting crazy conspiracy theories about coronavirus vaccines.
With the extremist ideology pretty much banned from mainstream social media, followers are using Telegram to publish videos that claim the vaccines aren’t life-saving medicines. Instead, they say, they’re bioweapons that were developed by an evil consortium of corrupt government officials and drug companies. The ultimate goal: depopulation, social control and altering the genetic structure of the human species.
One video that’s been viewed almost 75,000 times says, without any evidence, that COVID-19 vaccines have turned recipients into “super-spreaders” of the disease. “The COVID-19 shot is an experimental bioweapon, right? You can see the harm it’s causing. So you can understand how it’s killing all the people,” the narrator of the video says. Then, while scrolling through a supposed list of adverse vaccine events he ads, “Dead, dead, dead, dead. Murder, murder, murder, murder.”
Other videos have names such as “Murder By Vaccine – The Evidence Mounts!” and Doctors and Nurses Giving Giving the Coronavirus Vaccine Will Be Tried as War Criminals.”
“Nothing so far has been able sink QAnon, whether it be massive purges by social media companies or the failure of its so-called plan to manifest,” Rita Katz, executive director of the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks online extremism, told the Washington Post. “Now, as energy around its election-related conspiracy theories loses momentum, the Q movement has doubled its focus on themes like covid-19 denialism and vaccine skepticism.”
Many QAnon groups, which the FBI have labeled as domestic terrorism threats, actively are pushing for March 20 to be a “World Wide Rally For Freedom” for global protests against pandemic health restrictions.