Michael Flynn, once a “hero” to followers of QAnon, suddenly finds himself on the “business end” of the conspiracy theory, according to a new report in the Daily Beast.
Flynn, Trump’s disgraced former National Security Advisor who’s been filmed reciting the QAnon pledge instead of the Pledge of Allegiance, is denying rumors that he’s become a “Satan worshipper” after delivering a bizarre sermon at a Nebraska church last month, in which he invoked “sevenfold rays” and “legions.”
The sermon prompted QAnon followers to allege that Flynn has “flipped on the side of the devil” despite his open support of their conspiracies. Flynn responded to the allegations on an obscure YouTube show called Truth Unveiled TV in a video titled “Some Have Said That General Flynn Prayed to Satan in a Recent Prayer.” According to the Daily Beast, the interview “marked Flynn’s latest attempt in a campaign to convince his followers in the QAnon conspiracy theory movement that he isn’t a Satanist.”
According to the Daily Beast, Flynn’s sermon bore a striking resemblance to one that was written by the now-deceased leader of an anti-communist doomsday cult, Elizabeth Clare Prophet.
Here’s a little context for his prayer. He told this very direct, very dangerous Big Lie right before. The cheering goes on for a while.
Flynn is conflating fascism, patriotism and Christianity, and putting himself in the role of prophet. He wants “RaHoWa” or “racial holy war.” pic.twitter.com/EaCTDexc0t
— Jim Stewartson, Antifascist, #RIPQ 🇺🇸🏴☠️ (@jimstewartson) October 7, 2021
“Prior to the unusual controversy, Flynn had embraced his position as a hero to supporters of QAnon, taking a QAnon oath, raising money from QAnon believers, and selling QAnon T-shirts. In May, Flynn even appeared at a QAnon conference and endorsed the idea of a military coup,” the Daily Beast reports. “But QAnon fame is a fickle thing. After promoting QAnon for more than a year, Flynn now finds himself on the business end of the conspiracy theory. Like QAnon targets before him, Flynn is now struggling to persuade angry QAnon believers that he isn’t a secret Satan-worshipper.”
Mike Flynn is going to go through some things.
They devour one another these lunatics…and it's hilarious.
— Tim Wise (@timjacobwise) October 8, 2021
Flynn also recently addressed the rumors in a post on the right-wing app Telegram, in which he claimed the prayer was about his namesake, St. Michael, saying it has “great meaning to me.” Trump attorney Lin Wood, who has endorsed QAnon, also recently addressed the rumors. Wood defended Flynn but also distanced himself from the prayer he delivered at Nebraska pastor Hank Kunneman’s Lord of Hosts Church.
— T👻r👻 D🐈⬛bl💀n 🎃🧙🏻♀️ (@taradublinrocks) October 8, 2021
“The Satanic panic sparked by Flynn’s prayer bears more than a passing similarity to the Flynn-endorsed QAnon movement, in which figures like Hillary Clinton, George Soros, and Barack Obama have been accused of being cannibalistic Satanists—or, in QAnon parlance, ‘Luciferians,'” the Daily Beast reports. “It also recalls Pizzagate, the baseless conspiracy theory once endorsed by Flynn’s son, Michael Flynn Jr., which holds that a Washington pizzeria doubles as a Satanic sex dungeon for pedophiles.”
Read the full report here.