“It’s a movement, man. More recently, an Arizona man used an armored vehicle to block traffic on the bridge near the Hoover Dam has used QAnon phrases in letters he wrote from jail to Trump and other elected officials. The Illuminati looms large in QAnon, as do the Rothschilds, a wealthy Jewish family vilified by the conspiracy theorists as the leaders of a satanic cult. “Conspiracy theories offer a neat package that wrap up all these events,” she says. pizzeria where he believed children were being harbored because of baseless claims relating to Hillary Clinton’s, John Podesta. Sometimes, conspiracy theories can be debunked before they draw national attention. Binkowski says she thinks the QAnon conspiracy theory could lead followers to commit acts of violence if they became convinced it was the only way to stop some imminent harm. Here’s what experts say you need to know about QAnon and why the conspiracy theory has spread. “You can’t really confront the people who are responsible for these to their face or on social media, because you don’t know who is doing it.” Is the QAnon conspiracy theory dangerous? Before their recent appearance at Trump rallies, QAnon conspiracy theorists have mostly stayed online – at the fringes of most mainstream message boards and social media platforms. So it makes sense that his base has followed suit.” But Binkowski noted that people of any political persuasion can fall victim to conspiracy theories. “If you hear a claim, even if it fits with the rest of what you believe or it sounds appealing, really think hard about whether it makes sense,” Wood says. “It’s very easy to think critically about things you already disagree with — the trick is to think critically about things that flatter what you believe.” What role has President Trump played in QAnon? The QAnon conspiracy may have gotten started when Trump made an off-hand remark about the “calm before the storm,” but the President appears to have no personal ties to the people behind it. “Some call it the great awakening,” he added. That happened in December 2016, when a 28-year-old North Carolina man, who believed a conspiracy theory — one that is still spread by QAnon followers — showed up at a Washington, D.C. “People’s idea of what are acceptable political beliefs depends, to some extent, on what kind of cues they get from political elites. It’s the shift. Among the world leaders wise to satanic influences, the theory holds, is Russian President Vladimir Putin.

2. Footage from Trump’s rally in Tampa on Tuesday and a rally in Pennsylvania on Thursday shows attendees wearing T-shirts and carrying posters with the letter “Q” — a shorthand to identify followers of the conspiracy theory. How did QAnon’s theories spread? Conspiracies take off because the world is complex and people like things to make sense, according to Brooke Binkowski, former managing editor at the fact-checking website, which frequently debunks online theories. Now Jones claims that Qanon is a false flag meant to make conservatives looks like a bunch of paranoid schizophrenics, as if they needed the help.[21]

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By Abby Vesoulis August 3, 2018 The bizarre pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory has burst from fringe websites into the real world this week, as dozens of attendees at two recent Trump rallies in Florida and Pennsylvania promoted it. Press reports are dismissed as “Operation Mockingbird,” the name given to the alleged midcentury infiltration of the American media by the CIA. How can this kind of conspiracy theory be stopped? The best way to stop the spread of misinformation is through the pursuit of actual information, according to psychologist Michael Wood, who specializes in the psychology of conspiracies and is a lecturer at the University of Winchester. restaurant last year, has leaped from Internet message boards to the president’s “Make America Great Again” tour through America.

Then, of course, there’s leading birther and InfoWars esteemed crackpot Jerome Corsi, who’s now hard at work with the stable geniuses of 8chan in an effort to “decipher” Q’s crumbs.[17][18] But none can hope to rival professional insanity dispenser Alex Jones, who has enthusiastically endorsed “The Storm” crackpottery,[19] especially the part about a global Clinton-led pedophilia ring, which happens to fit in nicely with his claims that child sex slaves have been kidnapped and shipped to Mars.[20] Or well, he did, until Qanon and the merchandise around it started cutting into his bottom line and sales of protein pills. politics, quite a conspiracy theorist. Why do you think they refuse to engage on the facts, but offer emotive innuendo in its place?

The prominence of the “Q” symbol turned parts of the audience into a tableau of delusion and paranoia — and offered evidence that QAnon, an outgrowth of the #Pizzagate conspiracy theory that led a gunman to open fire in a D.C.