The QAnon conspiracy theory on the internet has people reeling with its outrageous claims.
Q supposedly is a well-placed anonymous U.S. government agent.
His postings claim dark sinister forces working within the U.S. government are trying to destroy the country and President Trump.
His mission is to prevent that from happening.
So he posts dire warnings about people and groups trying to destroy the United States.
Q, purporting to be a high-level government informant, first started posting his ominous messages last October on 4chan, an anonymous website, specializing in giving fringe ideas and groups great prominence.
Q refers to a Q-level security clearance given to some staff in the U.S. Department of energy and is the equivalent of Top Secret.
And it’s working.
Today Q has developed a cult following under the moniker – QAnon.
Followers with their QAnon T-shirts were front-and-centre at a recent Trump rally,
And QAnon is something new — a leaderless popular movement made up of people who believe in no one and therefore are willing to believe almost anything.
The Q postings on the internet has many people reeling with its conspiracy claims.
Last year, Q posted that Trump had ordered a “state of temporary military control” accompanied by “public riots,” designed “to take back our country and make America great again.” This was to have happened last November.
A lot of QAnon supporters are right-wing and love Trump.
And Trump himself is a believer in conspiracy theories.
During the 2016 election campaign he said that Rafael Cruz, the father of his main opponent Senator Ted Cruz, was connected to the killing of President John F. Kennedy.
And this despite the fact that there is not one shred of evidence to support such a claim.
Q also posts a lot of videos on You Tube.
Take the actor Tom Hanks, a beloved and well-known actor.
A search on You Tube under his name would have produced the following nasty results.
“Sarah Ruth Ashcraft says Tom Hanks is a pedophile”, read the title of the top video search result for the actor’s name. “Tom Hanks’ Alleged ‘Sex Slave’ Speaks Out”, read another top search result.
Indeed, the top five results – and eight out of the top 14 – were variations on the pedophilia theme, interspersed with the hashtags #QAnon, #Pizzagate and #Pedogate.