QAnon turns its online movement of exile to the real world

Crowd surging More than 1,500 attendees stamped and sang “We won’t accept it!” Although the QAnon-related conference For God & Country Patriot Roundup in Dallas in late May started with a narrative of unity and love, the speaker was suggestive or straightforward Talked about the second rebellion, including in a video that says “INSURRECTION to RESURRECTION” and “The only way is the army”, as well as the now infamous advice of General Michael Flynn The U.S. should have a Burmese coup.

Although many people questioned how QAnon would survive without the anonymous “leader” Q, this event marked a new phase as online conspiracy theories transformed into face-to-face actions and events.Similar to other efforts to overthrow the 2020 election based on false accusations of voter fraud – including former President Trump’s recent Ohio Rally And the continued support for the Maricopa County audit-The Patriot Review brought a new sense of urgency and motivation, and the speaker tried to introduce it into local political action. Although QAnon has been working hard to recruit online, the movement has found new target communities, including evangelical Christians.

Throughout the weekend, the speakers advocated local political participation and face-to-face meetings, paying special attention to School board, Child protection services, and campaigning for local offices. For example, when asked about the upcoming “Military Tribunal” and her “overturned election”Kraken,” the former Trump lawyer and QAnon advocate Sidney Powell insisted that the only plan was to participate in local politics. “No, no military court is going on,” she said. “No one will magically solve this problem for us.” She then encouraged the attendees to “participate in your jurisdiction, your school district, and every part of your life to recapture this country.” Although politically involved QAnon supports By I ran for a local office in the past, The meeting marked a formal coordination effort.

Promoting local events and offline events is a key response to QAnon’s de-platformization from platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and YouTube. Throughout the weekend, speakers used these removals as key narratives of oppression.Speaking of QAnon supporters de-platforming immediately after January 6, a speaker named “Kate Awakens” called it “the Great Purge” and said, “It’s almost like from Titanic. “

“We got together, this is the next inevitable step,” said Brad Getz, QAnon content creator and another spokesperson. “They can censor us-you know we will accept it on the road.”

Others have made extreme and inaccurate comparisons of Gulag. “They don’t need gulags, gas chambers, and killing fields, because the technology available today allows them to do it by writing a single line of code,” said speaker Evan Sayet. “This Jew has been digitalized. They removed my voice from the Facebook community. They removed my voice from the Twitter community. I’m in Zuckerberg’s Gulag-because although it looks different, The method is different, but the result and purpose are the same.”

Keynote speaker Flynn likened going to the platform to a military conflict: “We have been eliminated by the social media technology giants…We are now fighting for the information beachhead.”

Speakers and attendees also continued to actively talk about cracking down on election fraud and mythologized the Congressional attack on January 6.Many people mentioned the “audit” in Maricopa County, where the recount was considered highly partisan and was rejected by Parliament Republican Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of SupervisorsMany participants believed that this would have a ripple effect in other similar audits. status This will eventually overturn the verified and certified results of the 2020 election.Maricopa-style audit by Robin Worth in Wisconsin, Steve Kara in Michigan, with Dave Agar in PennsylvaniaEtc., ready to continue to contribute to this narrative and the violence associated with it.

Many attendees and speakers also shared their stories at the Capitol on January 6. They were full of pride, nostalgia and cheers.

“We know that the media, your friends, and your family want to humiliate you and tell you what you did wrong…I myself wear January 6th as a badge of honor,” said Kuy Griffin A New Mexico county official is under investigation for violating the Capitol. Griffin evoked QAnon’s motto and exclaimed: “Because where we are going…” The audience shouted: “We all go!”

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