QAnon Is as Confused About the Election as Everyone Else
We’re now on day two of election uncertainty as key battleground states continue to count the remaining votes that will determine whether or not Donald Trump will secure a second term as president of the United States. With every passing hour, I feel another precious thread tethering me to reality go snap. But at least I’m not alone. Members of QAnon are also losing their minds. Normally so resolute in their unfounded beliefs, the conspiracy group for once seems willing to admit that, just maybe, their ridiculous prophecies may not come to pass.
QAnon gained steam in 2016 thanks to a debunked conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton was running a sex trafficking operation out of a pizza restaurant in Washington, D.C. For the past four years, followers believe they received dispatches about Donald Trump’s underground mission fighting off pedophilia and child trafficking secretly being comitted by prominent Democratic politicians and other left-leaning figures. And oh, yeah, the pandemic was also a hoax.
With Trump now facing the possibility of defeat, some followers are doubting their beliefs.
Qs on 8kun having the sads. pic.twitter.com/RD9oKkkVAI— Schrödinger's Leftist (@Robin_of_Aniara) November 5, 2020
“If we come out of this winners I’ll believe anything. But as of now I’m done with Q,” one user wrote on Twitter. “Trump is losing, no attacks on the power grid... I’m glad to know there are still great people out there like me that believe in righteousness but we lost this one patriots... reload for 2024.”
Another user agreed in the replies.
“I feel like the same. We caught in the Q game. I think it’s fair to say: fake.”
This isn’t to say the war waged by Q, which prompted Twitter and Facebook to issue sweeping bans of QAnon-affiliated accounts, is over. In fact, many have doubled down, insisting that if Trump loses, it’s all part of the plan.
Most QAnon followers, unsurprisingly, are still pretty far gone. pic.twitter.com/oKwDO2xZN5— Travis View (@travis_view) November 4, 2020
And in fact, regardless of who takes the presidency, this election has yielded major gains for the conspiracy theorists: The openly QAnon-affiliated candidates Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert won congressional races in Georgia and Colorado, respectively. With a firmer foothold in politics, their war will move into the mainstream spotlight—where, hopefully, it will be even easier to see right through.