Some of those Canadian truckers, the ones who were astroturfed by big anti-vaxxers ostensibly to protest mask and vaccine mandates (most of which have disappeared or were non-existent in the first place), created a loose enough anti-establishment network to now turn their attentions on vague conspiracy. That means QAnon! Yeehaw! As NBC News reports, some of these newfound foreign policy analysts are really blowing things out.
But as its Covid mission has become less clear, the group’s channels have turned to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, where conspiracy-minded thinking has flourished. While some group members have admonished Russian President Vladimir Putin for the invasion, QAnon and anti-vaccine contingents within the groups have seized on a false conspiracy theory that the war is a cover for a military operation backed by former President Donald Trump in Ukraine.
The conspiracy theory, which is baseless and has roots in QAnon mythology, alleges that Trump and Putin are secretly working together to stop bioweapons from being made by Dr. Anthony Fauci in Ukraine and that shelling in Ukraine has targeted the secret laboratories. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has emerged in the past year as a main target for far-right conspiracy theories.
Keep up! I mean, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is a former actor! It’s clearly staged! [Someone whispers in ear, Donald Trump was a fake-reality game show host, too.] Shut up, brain!
Q want answers? I want the truth! Q can’t handle the truth! Who am I talking to? Me! Who? You! Gotcha!
It is important to understand how godly people like Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are. In fact, it is sort of essential since so many QAnon folks come from a religious Christian upbringing, and trying to break free of reality needs some kind of scaffolding. Pastor Johnny Enlow is sort of considered a spiritual leader amongst some Q-types. If you think you’ve heard the name before, that’s probably because he’s made some headlines promoting the belief that Donald Trump is actually still the secret president, and Enlow has continued to have “visions” of Trump “seated on a throne holding a golden scepter. He also had a golden crown on his head.”
Well, guess what? According to this Qastor (see what I did?), Vladimir Putin "is a key chess player of God," and Russia is a better place to live than America. U.S.A., Q.S.A., U.S.A.! (I did it again!)
But QAnon makes money because like a poorly constructed 1990s action film where cocaine figured into too many creative decisions, QAnon can be very entertaining to many folks who feel completely alienated and left behind by our government and elected officials and/or are just narcissists who need to find something large to pin their bad feelings about themselves on. MediaMatters did a little research, looking into how streaming giant Spotify’s new rules have affected its handling of the misinformation stew that QAnon conspiracists feed to anyone within reach. Turns out, Spotify isn’t doing much of anything—except making that money, baby!
In October 2020, after Media Matters reported that multiple QAnon shows were on Spotify, the platform banned them, telling Insider that the company “prohibits content on the platform that promotes, advocates or incites violence against others.”
Yet a Media Matters review in late February and early March found that multiple QAnon-supporting figures have continued to stream on the platform -- with some joining the platform very recently.
And that is where we are. Everything is going according to plans that seem to change on the hour, every hour, depending on QAnon influencer feelings and the continuous contradictions that reality confronts them with every day.
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