If you’re following the media coverage of this election, you’ve noticed that, in addition to being willing to tell any lie whatsoever to damage President Trump, the media have decided that the entire GOP is nothing more than a conglomeration of conspiracy theorists. The focus of this assertion is that among the several hundred GOP candidates running for federal office in 2020, perhaps two or three have subscribed to statements associated with “QAnon.”
What is QAnon? According to people who profess to understand it, this is how it is described:
QAnon is based upon the idea that there is a worldwide cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles who rule the world, essentially, and they control everything,” View told Salon. “They control politicians, and they control the media. They control Hollywood, and they cover up their existence, essentially. And they would have continued ruling the world, were it not for the election of President Donald Trump.”
“Now, Donald Trump in this conspiracy theory knows all about this evil cabal’s wrongdoing. But one of the reasons that Donald Trump was elected was to put an end to them, basically. And now we would be ignorant of this behind-the-scenes battle of Donald Trump and the U.S. military — that everyone backs him and the evil cabal — were it not for ‘Q.’ And what ‘Q’ is — is basically a poster on 4chan, who later moved to 8chan, who reveals details about this secret behind-the-scenes battle, and also secrets about what the cabal is doing and also the mass sort of upcoming arrest events through these posts.
Here is how it is being covered.
Washington Post: Republicans are becoming the QAnon Party
As if that weren’t bad enough, [Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor] Greene is also a supporter of QAnon. This cult, which has been linked to acts of violence, believes that President Trump is fighting a secret clique of “deep state” child molesters. Greene said in a video: “There’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles out, and I think we have the president to do it.”
The Nation: QAnon Is the Future of the Republican Party
Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican nominee for Georgia’s 14th congressional district, is a harbinger of her party’s post-Trump future. She’s running in a strongly Republican district with an almost certain prospect of going to Congress. She disdains Black Lives Matter and argues that Muslims shouldn’t be allowed to serve in government. She’s also an adherent of QAnon, the amorphous conspiracy theory that holds that Donald Trump is battling a secret cabal of Satanic cannibalistic pedophiles who control the Democratic Party, Hollywood, and the American government.
Politico: The QAnon Rot in the GOP
QAnon is getting its first congresswoman.
Marjorie Taylor Greene won a runoff in a Republican primary Tuesday, all but assuring her victory in November in a heavily GOP district.
She is thus set to become the highest officeholder in the land who explicitly believes in the lunatic theories of QAnon, the anonymous internet poster who says, among other ludicrous and poisonous things, that there’s a global network of pedophiles about to be exposed and undone by President Donald Trump.
Greene’s ascension is the latest indication of the creeping influence of Q, who has fashioned a kind of free-floating John Birch Society for the digital age. The author’s adherents or fellow travelers are adept at spreading memes on social media, hold signs or wear paraphernalia touting Q at Trump rallies, and now are notching some victories in GOP primaries.
If you’re keeping score, there is precisely one name mentioned prominently in these articles. Also mentioned is a GOP Senate candidate in Oregon, Jo Rae Perkins. That’s it. Less than one percent of GOP federal candidates.
But let’s be serious, what’s the beef?
NPR has this damning indictment:
[MICHEL] MARTIN: I mean, many people might remember the guy drove from North Carolina and shot up a pizza parlor in Washington, D.C., a couple of years ago. Thankfully, no one was hurt. But he claimed that he thought he was rescuing kids who were being held by a pedophile ring. Was that an example of somebody who believes in this QAnon conspiracy? And have there been other examples like this where people have taken this conspiracy from their own heads into the real world and done things because of it?
Not this particular conspiracy, but let’s not forget that a loon with his head filled with Bernie Sanders’s speeches tried to kill off the GOP House caucus at baseball practice.
And let’s not forget that the same news outlets and writers who penned the above articles spent the last four years pushing a laughable conspiracy theory that involved the Russians controlling President Trump and effecting his election. There is nothing about QAnon’s asserting of a “Deep State” that seems all that peculiar or at odds with actual events when you look at it through the lens of what federal employees in the FBI, CIA, Justice, DNI, State, the NSC, and other agencies have undertaken to actively attempt to remove President Trump from office. Nothing by QAnon is more outlandish than any of the conspiracy theories that haunted the Bush Administration (he knew about the 9-11 attacks in advance, he invaded Iraq at the behest of Haliburton, any number of Bush family conspiracy theories like Gary Sick’s bizarre October Surprise conspiracy theory that generated a Senate investigation) which were credulously peddled and discussed by our brave media firefighters.
Bottom line: you can’t have been involved in pushing a fringe conspiracy theory into the national conversation and boosted candidates who were pushing that conspiracy theory and suddenly be concerned that a conspiracy theory is being talked about.
As far as I can tell, there are exactly two major differences between anything QAnon has said and the Russia Hoax. We know for a fact that every jot and tittle alleged in the Russia Hoax conspiracy theory was false. And QAnon, as far as we know, is not using a government position and salary to spread his (?) theories.