Former President Donald Trump spent Tuesday morning posting inflammatory messages on social media, many of which explicitly promote the QAnon conspiracy theory.
While Trump has in the past promoted QAnon-inspired accounts and theories, the posts on his Truth Social account were his most explicit, clear, explicit, promoted, and most baited posts to QAnon so far. day.
In one, he reposted QAnon’s tagline – “Where We Go One We Go All”. In another, he reposted a 2017 post from “Q” that criticizes the intelligence community. The QAnon conspiracy theory was built around Q, an anonymous account that periodically posts to 8kun, often with vague or symbolic language that is then interpreted by subscribers. The account purports to document a secret battle waged by Trump against the Democratic Party, which followers of the theory believe is led by Satanic child-eating cannibals who run a pedophile ring filled with celebrities and political elites who covertly run United States. state government for decades. None of the publications’ concrete predictions came to fruition.
Users of the QAnon forums rejoiced at Trump’s apparent endorsement of the conspiracy theory and its mythology. The top response on the most-visited QAnon forum to one of Trump’s conspiracy theory posts simply reads, “Erase ’em, sir.” Others pleaded with Trump to “pull them out of orbit” and “sir, please finish them off,” referring to QAnon haters such as Hillary Clinton and President Joe Biden.
In addition to the QAnon-adjacent posts, Trump shared several conspiracy theories Tuesday on his Truth Social site and he reposted a photo of Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with the words “ Your enemy is not in Russia” written in black bars over their eyes.
The posting spree comes a day after Trump posted a message that he should be reinstated as President – “Declare the legitimate winner, or call a new election, NOW!” — and as he is under intense scrutiny from federal investigators who have executed a Search warrant at his Florida compound earlier this month and recovered treasure troves of classified documents.
In the weeks that followed, Trump made a number of inflammatory comments disparaging the FBI, baselessly suggesting the agency had filed evidence and claiming the research was politically motivated.
On Tuesday, he reposted stories about the Jan. 6 riot orchestrated by the FBI and antifa, and made a false declaration about the wife of a man named Ray Epps, who has been accused in right-wing conspiracy theories of being a federal agent who encouraged the Capitol rioters. The House committee investigating the riot has disputed these claims.
Trump also reposted a post from a user falsely claiming to be his daughter Ivanka who complained about “unnecessary vaccines”. (Ivanka Trump was a strong supporter of the Covid-19 vaccine).
Trump, for years, has little done to distance itself from QAnon and its supporters. Asked about his opinion of QAnon followers in August 2020, the then-president said, “I heard that these are people who to like our country.”
More recently, adherents have pushed a slew of conspiracy theories that the 2020 election was stolen — some of which were later embraced by Trump and his lawyers. They have also called for a civil war to restore Trump to power – although some supporters believe he is still in charge of the country.
In his remarks on the group in 2020, Trump said he didn’t know much about QAnon and his supporters, “other than I understand they like me a lot, which I appreciate.”