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A U.S. soldier wearing a "Q" patch which lead to many conservatives believing it to be a pedophile-Satan worshiping ring

QAnon (/ˌkjəˈnɒn/) is a disproven far-right conspiracy theory believing that a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles is running a global child sex-trafficking ring and are planning against former US president Donald Trump, who is fighting the cabal.[1]

QAnon also believes that Trump is planning a day known as the "Storm", when thousands of members of the cabal will be arrested.[2] No part of the conspiracy claim is based in fact.[3][4][5][6]

QAnon supporters have accused many liberal Hollywood actors, Democratic politicians, and high-ranking government officials of being members of the cabal.[7]

Former followers of the group have criticised it for vandalism of stores and general antisocial behaviour.

References[change | change source]

  1. Roose, Kevin (August 28, 2020). "What Is QAnon, the Viral Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theory?". The New York Times. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  2. Spring, Marianna; Wendling, Mike (2020-09-03). "The link between Covid-19 myths and QAnon". BBC News. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  3. Liptak, Kevin. "Trump embraces QAnon conspiracy because 'they like me'". CNN. Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  4. "Why President Trump's refusal to refute QAnon conspiracy theorists matters". CBS News. August 20, 2020. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  5. Colvin, Jill (August 14, 2020). "Trump dodges question on QAnon conspiracy theory". Associated Press. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  6. O'Reilly, Andrew (August 19, 2020). "Trump addresses QAnon conspiracy theory for the first time: 'I heard that these are people that love our country'". Fox News.
  7. Sommer, Will (July 7, 2018). "What Is QAnon? The Craziest Theory of the Trump Era, Explained". The Daily Beast. Retrieved October 2, 2020.