On Tuesday evening, the dark recesses of the Internet lit up with talk of politics. “Tampa rally, live coverage,” wrote “Dan,” posting a link to President Trump’s Tampa speech in a thread on 8chan, an anonymous image board also known as Infinitechan or Infinitychan, which might be best described as the unglued twin of better-known 4chan, a message board already untethered from reality.
If you happened to be watching YouTube videos on Monday morning and were struck by an urge to check in on one of America’s most beloved movie stars, you were in for a nasty surprise. “Sarah Ruth Ashcraft says Tom Hanks is a pedophile”, read the title of the top video search result for the actor’s name.
At a rally in Florida last night, President Donald Trump did his usual schtick of talking about tariffs, voter ID laws, and other expected Trump-y things. But the crowd around him represented something new and different and a bit terrifying. Many cheering him on held signs that said: “We are Q.”
Hostility toward the media at Donald Trump’s rallies is nothing new. It infected the presidential campaign and has marred every raucous gathering of supporters since the election. But on Tuesday night in Tampa, the extreme aggression dropped the basement floor another level. This was a new low. And a scary one at that.
The QAnon conspiracy theory was on display at Donald Trump’s Tuesday night rally in Tampa, which featured media attacks on Jim Acosta and others
If there were any doubts the QAnon conspiracy has gone fully mainstream, Trump’s rally in Tampa Tuesday put at an end to them. Supporters of the pro-Trump, far-right theory were clearly visible both in the lines outside the rally and inside the exposition hall.
QAnon: Conspiracy theorists determined to expose a “deep state” child abuse ring show up to support Trump in Tampa
At a rally in Tampa, Florida, Tuesday evening in support of Representative Ron DeSantis, President Donald Trump hit on familiar themes, boasting of being America’s most popular Republican ever, attacking the “fake media” and drawing chants of “Build the wall.”
President Trump spoke at a rally in Tampa, FL this evening, supporting Florida Representative Ron DeSantis, who is running for governor. Trump’s speech hit many familiar talking points: he defended his increased tariffs, spoke about the need for voter ID laws, and bragged about bringing “Merry Christmas” back to department stores.
An attendee at President Trump Donald John Trump Trump denies calling Sessions ‘mentally retarded,’ ‘dumb Southerner’ Pressley blasts Trump as ‘racist, misogynistic, truly empathy-bankrupt’ Capuano falls to Democratic challenger Pressley in Mass. primary MORE ‘s rally in Florida Tuesday night held up a sign promoting the “QAnon” right-wing conspiracy theory.
CNN’s Chris Cillizza explains how an online right-wing conspiracy theory is targeting movie stars and Trump opponents, like Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama.
MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson used a portion of her Wednesday show to hold an informative segment about QAnon, the wacky online conspiracy theory that had a very conspicuous presence at President Donald Trump ‘s rally last night.
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