President Donald Trump was asked about the group QAnon and answered that he didn’t know much about it but that he appreciated that they like him.
“These are people that don’t like seeing what’s going on in places like Portland and places like Chicago and New York and other cities and states. And I’ve heard these are people that love our country, and they just don’t like seeing it,” President Trump added at a press briefing at the White House on Aug. 19.
He was also asked about the theory circulating among QAnon members that “you are secretly saving the world from this satanic cult of pedophiles and cannibals.”
Trump responded, “But is that supposed to be a bad thing or a good thing? I mean, you know, if I can help save the world from problems, I’m willing to do it.”
This mysterious group began with anonymous messages posted on Oct. 28, 2017, on an alternative internet forum called 4Chan, under the name of “Q,” in which they presented in a coded form the existence of a conspiracy to destroy the United States promoted by the so-called deep state.
Many operations enigmatically announced in the “Q” account turned out to be true, as illustrated in “The Book of Q,” published on Nov. 23, less than a month later.
1.) “Friday and Saturday will deliver on MAGA promise,” Q said on Oct. 31, and mentions “cleaning house (gov’t).” On Nov. 3 Q asks “Why did JK travel to SA recently? What is SA known for? Where do the biggest donations come from?”
That weekend the Saudi Arabia purge happens. The arrested Saudi princes are the people who fund Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, and own Citibank (that basically picked Obama’s Cabinet). Saudi assets were frozen.
2.) Oct. 31: Q said billionaire George Soros is targeted. Nov 3: Howard Rubin, fund manager for Soros, is arrested for human trafficking and violent rape.
3.) Unverifiable claim: Tony Podesta indicted on Nov. 3, Huma Abedin 6th. They weren’t arrested, but indictment does not necessarily equal arrest. However, the Podesta Group seems to be suddenly shutting down.
4.) Q said on Oct. 31: “Any person stating they won’t run for re-election, has been put in submission” (meaning complicit but cooperating). Ten days later FOX News announced “40 politicians not running.”
5.) Q said there could be social media blackouts, “but don’t worry.” Later, Trump’s Twitter account goes offline for a while. The 4chan/pol/ thread has also been under attack, has been flooded with spammers. The thread even went missing (error 404) at some point, was back up the next morning. Q said that the thread was being protected, though attacks would continue.
Later the abbreviation “anon” was added suggesting the word “anonymous” and transformed into QAnon became a group of unsuspected dimensions, with a massive presence in social networks and with presence in several countries, maintaining the same right-wing pronouncement on various issues.
Little by little, its supporters became visible, identifying themselves with T-shirts and caps displaying an emblematic “Q” and other symbols, in support of the Trump administration.
Although in 2019 the FBI said the movement had the potential to incite violence, it is not known to have been convicted of any crime.