They’re rebels without a Qause.
The QAnon movement was thrown into crisis this week when President Biden peacefully entered the White House — rather than be crushed by a long-promised “storm” and “great awakening.”
“It’s obvious now we’ve been had. No plan, no Q, nothing,” one now-deflated follower wrote after the inauguration in a QAnon channel on Telegram with 18,400 members.
The crackpot QAnon conspiracy theory has long assumed that President Donald Trump — who many believe is the enigmatic “Q” himself — would emerge triumphant after overthrowing a “deep state” network of government leaders, including a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles.
And right up until Biden took office Wednesday, many conspiracy theorists still were confident that Trump would take over the Emergency Broadcast System to declare martial law, stay in office and arrest prominent Democrats.
One pro-Trump crusader who fervidly promotes QAnon online proudly declared Monday that the inauguration would “be the biggest thing we’ve ever seen in the history of the United States,” Reuters noted.
But rather than the much-promised “storm,” Biden’s inauguration went off without a hitch — and Trump quietly flew off to Florida, leaving behind an apparently kind note for his successor.
Believers long told to “trust the plan” suddenly faced a crisis of confidence.
“I think we have been fooled like no other,” another follower person wrote on Telegram, according to the Guardian.
“It’s done and we were played,” another wrote, according to the BBC.
Even Ron Watkins, the longtime administrator of 8kuna where Q’s posts emerge — leading to theories that Watkins could be behind the drops — appeared ready to throw in the towel.
“We gave it our all,” Watkins wrote in a Telegram post, minutes after Biden was sworn into office. “Now we need to keep our chins up and go back to our lives as best we are able.
“We have a new president sworn in and it is our responsibility as citizens to respect the Constitution regardless of whether or not we agree with the specifics,” he wrote, revealing he was starting a new venture.
Jared Holt, a disinformation researcher at the Atlantic Council, told Reuters that “the whole movement is called into question now.”
“It’s the whole ‘trust the plan’ thing. Q believers have just allowed themselves to be strung from failed promise to failed promise,” he said.
Zealous Trump fans also failed to hide their devastation — with one woman going viral for a video in which she sobbed for Trump to “please save us” from “this devil” Biden.
“Please, President Trump — please, please, I hope you have a plan,” she sobbed, saying she was about to have a panic attack.
Still, not everyone was willing to give up faith in the movement, which previously overcame promises that Hillary Clinton was going to be arrested and that John F. Kennedy Jr. would emerge alive to be Trump’s running mate.
A poll of more than 36,000 people in a QAnon Telegram channel showed that 34 percent believe “the military & Trump have a plan coming in the near future,” even while acknowledging the transfer of presidential power.
“Trump has said, ‘THE BEST IS YET TO COME.’ I’m not giving up,” Telegram user Qtah wrote in an announcement to his 30,000 subscribers, in which he also said he was taking a social media break.
Some even believed that Trump left the White House on Wednesday with a message for them — noting that his farewell speech was delivered in front of 17 American flags, the same number as “Q” in the alphabet.
“I believe the game is still being played this is not over!” one QAnon user wrote to his 26,000 Telegram followers moments after Biden took office.
Meanwhile, there are still concerns that the conspiracy, whose believers were at the forefront of the Capitol riots, would remain a danger — and that its followers could now also be encouraged to support even more extreme viewpoints.
“The greatest risk is that people who become disillusioned in QAnon are going to these channels where they might be recruited by white nationalists or other extremists,” Travis View, a co-host of the podcast “QAnon Anonymous,” told the Guardian.
With Post wires
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