Among Republicans, It Is Widely Believed That Satanic Cannibals Rule Earth
QAnon, the far-right, pro-Trump conspiracy theory, finds itself growing deeper roots in mainstream politics and experts fear that social media and a volatile political climate have increased the risk of violence, according to the Associated Press.
The conspiracy theory centers on the baseless belief that President Trump is waging a secret war against enemies of the “deep state” and a child sex trafficking ring run by satanic pedophiles and cannibals.
Trump has retweeted QAnon-promoting accounts. According to the liberal watchdog Media Matters for America, at least 23 current or former congressional candidates in the 2020 election cycle have endorsed or promoted QAnon.
Kathryn Olmsted, a history professor at University of California, Davis, said it’s unclear whether QAnon has attracted more support than other conspiracy theories that have made their way into U.S. politics.
“What’s different now is that there are people in power who are spreading this conspiracy theory,” she said, adding that Trump’s conspiracy-minded rhetoric seems to encourage part of his base. “Finally, there is someone saying they’re not crazy.”
Thousands of people waited in line for hours to enter the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panther Arena before a Trump rally. Some wore apparel adorned with a “Q” or “WWG1WGA,” which stands for the conspiracy’s slogan, “Where we go one, we go all.”
As Trump fires up his reelection campaign, QAnon isn’t going anywhere.