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Several prominent supporters of the extremist movement were seen inside the building.

Apparently among them was “QAnon Shaman” Jacob Anthony Chansley.

Chansley was arrested yesterday. The authorities believe that it is the man with the painted face, fur hat and horns; whose image has since become synonymous with the riots.

A protester is seen inside the US Capitol building.
A protester, allegedly Jacob Anthony Chansley, is seen inside the United States Capitol. (Getty)

QAnon all stems from a completely unfounded conspiracy theory about a global “deep state” cabal of satanic pedophile elites.

According to believers, President Donald Trump is waging a secret war against Satan-worshiping pedophiles in government, business, and the media.

QAnon believers have been anticipating a Trump-led day of reckoning, when thousands of members of the clique will be arrested, including prominent Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Hollywood celebrities.

QAnon’s supporters have also falsely claimed that Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections was actually an elaborate cover story so that he and Trump could work together to expose pedophiles.

In October 2017, someone posted a post on the 4chan message board.

The user claimed to have a US security clearance level known as “Q clearance” and signed with the letter Q.

Q claimed to have access to classified information involving the Trump administration and its opponents in the United States.

A man wearing a QAnon T-shirt taunts a CNN reporter at a Donald Trump rally.
A man wearing a QAnon T-shirt taunts a CNN reporter at a Donald Trump rally. (AP)

Then three people took the original Q post and spread it across multiple media platforms, according to NBC News.

What does Trump have to say about QAnon?

QAnon supporters began showing up at Trump re-election campaign rallies in August 2018.

While Trump has never officially endorsed the conspiracy theory, he has described QAnon activists as “people who love our country” and said he appreciates their support.

“I don’t know anything about it,” Trump said of the QAnon movement at a televised event at City Hall last October.

“I know they are very much against pedophilia. They fight it very hard, but I don’t know anything about it.”

Donald trump
President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP)

The president’s response was met with jubilation online by QAnon supporters who saw it as resounding endorsement.

Trump, knowingly or not, has retweeted QAnon supporters many times.

Before the election, his son Eric Trump posted a QAnon meme on Instagram.

More Wild QAnon Conspiracy Theories

Delving into the world of QAnon is taking on a bunny role of outlandish and often contradictory conspiracy theories.

Many of the prophecies put forward by QAnon’s followers were never fulfilled, but that has apparently done little to deter true believers.

Atlantic Executive Editor Adrienne LaFrance wrote an in-depth analysis of the movement called “The Prophecies Of Q.”

LaFrance said that many QAnon believers were obsessed with John F. Kennedy Jr., who died in a plane crash in 1999.

John F. Kennedy, Jr. and his wife Carolyn Bessette pictured before their wedding in 1995.
John F. Kennedy, Jr. and his wife Carolyn Bessette pictured before their wedding in 1995. (AP)

“One idea is that he didn’t actually die in a plane crash, but that Hillary Clinton had him killed because he was a political opponent,” LaFrance said.

“Another idea is that he faked his own death and is actually alive and is a secret Trump supporter.

“For a time, people were saying that he was going to reveal himself as Trump’s running mate in this presidential election.”

Unsurprisingly, layer after layer of fabrications have been woven into QAnon’s message on the coronavirus.

At one point, many QAnon believers were obsessed with a yellow tie that Trump wore at some of his coronavirus briefings, LaFrance said.

Some QAnon believers saw a yellow tie worn by Trump as a secret message.
Some QAnon believers saw a yellow tie worn by Trump as a secret message. (AP)

“(At) one of President Trump’s daily briefings in the spring, at a time when the death toll was on the rise, President Trump wears a yellow tie.

“And people take advantage of this in the Q crowd and say that yellow is a color that, in maritime flags, means that everything is clear. And therefore the yellow tie is a sign that everything is fine and that the virus is not real. “

How many people believe in these things?

While the conspiracy theories that form the basis of QAnon may seem ridiculous and exaggerated, its audience is growing rapidly.

The growth of QAnon's membership in groups and Facebook pages between January and September 2020, courtesy of CrowdTangle.
The growth of QAnon’s membership in groups and Facebook pages between January and September 2020, courtesy of CrowdTangle. (CrowdTangle)

“The COVID-19 pandemic has played an important role in popularizing the QAnon movement,” Argentino wrote.

“Facebook data from early 2020 shows that QAnon’s membership grew by 581 percent, most of which occurred after the United States closed its borders last March as part of its strategy to contain the coronavirus.”


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