Q-Anon Implodes As Trump Slinks Away From the Presidency: ‘We All Got Played’

Q-Anon, the vast right wing bat-shit crazy conspiracy theory that fueled many of the insurrectionists who tried to take the Capitol on January 6th is according to numerous sources, imploding as of Wednesday as President Donald J. Trump slinked away in abject defeat as the Biden inauguration was occurring.

 

According to Forbes: As Joe Biden was sworn in as president, QAnon followers finally saw their hope for the “storm”—when President Donald Trump would bring down the “deep state” and expose a far-reaching child-sex-trafficking ring—disappear, leaving followers of the unhinged conspiracy theory in despair and searching for answers, while one of the most prominent adherents gave up.

QAnon adherents appeared to have fractured into two groups on popular far-right message boards Wednesday, with some realizing their crackpot conspiracy theory was a fraud, while others tried to somehow keep the flame of the Crazy Candle alive.

Ron Watkins, the founder of 8chan who is one of several people suspected of being the anonymous poster “Q” who spawned the conspiracy theory, conceded shortly after Biden was sworn in, telling his supporters it was time for believers to keep their “chins up” and “go back to our lives.”

Up until the final minute of Trump’s presidency, some QAnon adherents were cheering for Trump to do something spectacular, with one instructing fellow followers Wednesday morning to “pray” because the next five hours would “determine the fate of the world.” They got that part right.

“This was the day they’d been looking forward to for years,”  @oneunderscore__ says of QAnon, and when the fabled Trumpian justice didn’t come, “it was a true embarrassment.” The bad news is many followers may be radicalized to join other groups that “aren’t quite so passive.”

But as Dekker Dreyer warned on Facebook: QAnon and the overall Republican propaganda machine has imploded. This means there are millions of aimless, brainwashed, alienated people looking for hope and they’re going to find it in white nationalism. This is where hundreds of thousands of conspiracy theorists will plunge full-on into militia movements looking to replace the support networks they’ve built around their MAGA identity.

Unfortunately Dreyer notes there are way too many, Off the top of his head he says:

Oath Keepers
Aryan Brotherhood
Aryan Nation
Aryan Circle / 14 words
3% militia
Sovereign citizens
Michigan Militia
Proudboys
New Aryan Empire
Crew 1488
Southern Brotherhood
White knights
Nazi low riders
Dirty white boys
Saxon knights
Southern rebels
Oh and good old kkk
Peckerwoods

The Southern Poverty Law Center keeps track of them all and although in the past I have chosen to learn little about crazy conspiracy groups I realize it’s incumbent on us to recognize their rhetoric lest it seeps into normal conversation undetected.

Yeah that part, so be vigilant but good riddance for now.