OAN Calls QAnon “Widely Accepted System Of Beliefs—The New Mainstream”
Media Matters For America reports that after Twitter removed thousands of QAnon accounts from its platform for their “potential to lead to offline harm,” the One America News Network responded by calling QAnon a “widely accepted system of beliefs.”
The broadcast included the following:
The deep state appears to be fighting back. On Wednesday, mainstream media celebrated the decision by Twitter to remove the accounts and content connected to the QAnon movement. The group's actions were labeled as leading to offline harm, which may suggest Twitter admits the growing influence of Q in America's social and political life.
…while mainstream media criticize law enforcement… they also refer to Q as a “dangerous conspiracy cult" that also happens to support law enforcement. But a growing number of Americans may be doing their own research, as reports also say QAnon is becoming a widely accepted system of beliefs—the new mainstream. Indeed, after years of revelations of high corruption in Washington and lies by Democrat media, QAnon ideas appear immensely popular.
Business Insider explains that QAnon originates from an October 2017 4chan message board post that claimed to reveal a globe spanning conspiracy.
- The “foundational belief of QAnon supporters” stemming from this origins conspiracy claim is that “the world is being controlled by a cabal of Hollywood elites and political operatives, and that control extends beyond… pretty much everything else.”
- The idea is “very similar to the Illuminati conspiracy theory,” Insider explains.
- QAnon frequently refers to this conspiracy within government as “the deep state,” which also broadly refers to the belief that career public servants are secretly conspiring against Trump.
- QAnon believers assert that Trump achieving the presidency in 2016 thwarted this conspiracy from achieving total control.
- “From that logic,” Insider explains, comes the belief that Trump and his allies are planning a “counter-coup” against the deep state conspiracy in which Trump arrests its members through a military takeover of the United States and establishes a utopia.
There is no evidence to support any of these claims made by QAnon.
- Nevertheless, Trump has amplified their social media voice by retweeting at least 185 posts from 114 different accounts that promote QAnon, a Media Matters analysis finds.
- And Insider reports that “several members of Trump's team have given far more explicit nods to the conspiracy theorist group.”
- In June, Eric Trump retweeted a post with explicit QAnon imagery and a primary QAnon hashtag. He later deleted the Tweet from his account.
The One America News broadcast included a brief interview with an apparent QAnon supporter who described QAnon in the following words:
The love is here, the patriotism is here like it hasn’t been in a very long time. It’s back. And anybody denying that is the enemy.