Do you remember Pizzagate? It’s a little like that: a web of baseless conspiracy theories. And its supporters were highly visible at an event for the president in Florida. Those watching President Trump’s rally in Tampa on Tuesday couldn’t help but be exposed to a fringe movement that discusses several loosely connected and vaguely defined – and baseless – conspiracy theories.
CLOSE “Q” signs at President Trump’s Florida rally aren’t a new slogan for the administration, but rather a conspiracy theory that grew out of comments on an anonymous message board last year. “Q” is a reference to QAnon, a group of people attempting to decode vague, anonymous comments posted on dark web message boards such as 4chan and 8chan.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked about supporters of the fringe QAnon conspiracy theory during her press briefing on August 1 after Trump fans held signs about the theory during a campaign rally in Tampa the night before.
QAnon followers believe Trump will purge the government of criminals and deep state operatives.
Pre-planning has its advantages.