In the midst of Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, believers of the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory are convinced that the former president will be sworn back into office on March 4, 2021.
The group’s latest conspiracy theory emerged in the immediate aftermath of President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20—a day that was supposed to mark the moment when Trump would eliminate the so-called “deep state” and expose an elite child-sex trafficking cabal. Instead, Biden was officially sworn in as the 46th president, leaving QAnon followers wondering why the military coup and dramatic scenes of revolution did not take place as prophesized.
Struggling to reconcile their worldview with the reality of Biden’s presidency, some QAnon adherents are entertaining the baseless belief that Trump will return to the White House next month. The new date is followers’ latest effort to keep the conspiracy theory alive in a movement known for constantly moving goal posts.
“Can’t wait for your return President Trump,” one believer wrote on a prominent QAnon Telegram channel. “Hold the line! March 4 can’t come soon enough.”
The March 4 conspiracy theory is rooted in the belief that an obscure act known as the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1871, which QAnon adherents believe transformed the U.S. into a corporation instead of a federal government. While there is no evidence for these claims—the conspiracy theory stems from a misinterpretation of the term “municipal corporation”—QAnon adherents claim that the 1871 act effectively means that laws passed after 1871 do not apply to U.S. citizens and that any president elected after 1871 has been illegitimate.
Some QAnon adherents believe that the United States will revert back to its original form as a federal government on March 4, when Trump will supposedly be sworn in as the 19th president of the United States. The reason Trump is being referred to as the 19th president is because Ulysses S. Grant, who served as the 18th president between 1869 and 1877 is viewed by some QAnon followers as the last legitimate president before the U.S. supposedly became a corporation.
The conspiracy theory has led to a variety of interpretations from QAnon adherents. Some pointed to the presence of National Guard troops in Washington, D.C., as proof that Biden is not the legitimate president.
“The White House in reality is in a foreign land,” a QAnon adherent who claimed to have military sources said on Telegram. “Joe Biden is in a foreign land as a prisoner. He is locked in. There will be a new capital in the United States of America as a constitutional republic. This is where we are going people.”
As with much of the QAnon movement, the 1871 conspiracy theory was revived and repurposed from a previous conspiracy theory relating to the sovereign citizens movement, a group of Americans who viewed the government as illegitimate, and who thus believed they were free to ignore its statutes. And much like with QAnon, the FBI has designated the sovereign citizens as a domestic terrorist threat.
As March 4 approaches, the Trump International Hotel in D.C. hiked its prices for suite bookings close to that date. Some rooms are selling for $1,331 per night, up 180 percent from the standard rate in March, according to Forbes. This form of opportunistic marketing is another example of how Trump and his affiliates have leveraged QAnon.
For some QAnon adherents, March 4 represents a last stand for the movement—a chance to both vindicate and validate their longstanding beliefs. However, if March 4 turns into yet another uneventful day, some believers have vowed to take matters into their own hands.
“If Trump/military doesn’t do anything by March, we have to do something,” one QAnon adherent wrote on Telegram. “We cannot let this treason win over our country!”
This article was originally published at Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.
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‘Red Meat to the Qanon Crowd’: ‘Vile’ Kayleigh McEnany Scorched for Twisting Biden’s Words When He Said He Likes Kids
Editor’s note: An update at the end shows just how bad McEnany’s tweet is.
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has covered for her former boss, then-president Donald Trump, as he embraced QAnon – like when she told reporters he was just “talking about his supporters” when he called adherents to the dangerous cult people who “love the country.”
She’s claimed Trump “has not at all looked into who QAnon is,” despite the FBI labeling the delusional craze a domestic terrorism threat, and despite Trump’s refusal to denounce the movement, which is steeped in anti-Semitism and promotes the lie that a large group of prominent Democrats are pedophiles who eat young children.
Just five minutes past midnight, McEnany decided to pay homage to the QAnon cult, as the Director of Media Intelligence for Media Matters, Lis Power, noted.
Quoting – actually, misquoting – President Joe Biden from his CNN town hall just hours earlier, McEnany tried to be too cute by half, or, as Power said: “Intentionally misconstruing Biden’s statement to throw red meat to the Qanon crowd.”
“Signing off with a final notable quote from Joe Biden during his town hall this evening: “Everyone knows I love kids better than people.”
That did not go over well.
What a vile, despicable human Kayleigh is.
Intentionally misconstruing Biden’s statement to throw red meat to the Qanon crowd. https://t.co/B9Z2HAVYYH
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) February 17, 2021
For the record, per CNN’s transcript, Biden said: “everybody knows that I like kids better than people.”
Power was not the only one who noted the nod to the QAnon cult:
You know things are going great in your career when you find yourself pandering to the QAnon crowd. https://t.co/emDtQGABEU
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) February 17, 2021
This quote not only makes perfect sense, but also shows a level of humanity and kindness that Trump is/was never capable of.
Kayleigh is a worthless asshole who’s trying to appeal to QAnon freaks. https://t.co/AIJ4gBBguI
— Jakey from the Block (@hencough) February 17, 2021
This is her attempt to attach Biden to the QAnon pedophilia conspiracy theory. 24k likes. These people will not stop and they’ve made their home in the GOP. They need to move out and start their own party. I miss the old GOP. https://t.co/V6a0V482Ma
— Lauren (@LaurenN329) February 17, 2021
McEnany wrapping herself in the Qanon flag for all to see. Stupid quack.
— The Progressive Conservative (@TheProgCons) February 17, 2021
Kayleigh would rather support a grifter who tried to overthrow the democracy… and now is pushing QAnon. You are a joke.
— Anne Ducharme-Jones (@ducharme_jones) February 17, 2021
Are you a follower of QAnon, Kayleigh? 🤔
— Max Weiss (@maxthegirl) February 17, 2021
CNN’s Jake Tapper cites a former White House colleague of McEnany saying, “This is 100% meant to stir up the qanon crowd,” and Media Matter’s senior researcher shows how the QAnon crowd is eating this pandering up:
— Alex Kaplan (@AlKapDC) February 17, 2021
QAnon Congresswoman Has Repeatedly Shown Support for Executing Nancy Pelosi: CNN
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has repeatedly shown support for the execution of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, along with FBI agents, and several prominent Democrats including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Maxine Waters, according to a lengthy examination of her Facebook account by CNN’s K-File.
“In one post, from January 2019, Greene liked a comment that said ‘a bullet to the head would be quicker’ to remove House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In other posts, Greene liked comments about executing FBI agents who, in her eyes, were part of the ‘deep state’ working against Trump,” CNN’s Em Steck and Andrew Kaczynski report.
Greene is a freshman member of Congress who has shown support for the dangerous and debunked far right conspiracy theory known as QAnon. The New York Times calls Greene “an avowed QAnon supporter,” and describes the cult as “a sprawling set of internet conspiracy theories that allege, falsely, that the world is run by a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles who are plotting against Mr. Trump while operating a global child sex-trafficking ring.”
QAnon cultists “also believe that, in addition to molesting children, members of this group kill and eat their [child] victims in order to extract a life-extending chemical from their blood.”
Greene has also “suggested Pelosi could be executed for treason,” CNN notes.
“She’s a traitor to our country, she’s guilty of treason,” Greene said in a Facebook video. “She took an oath to protect American citizens and uphold our laws. And she gives aid and comfort to our enemies who illegally invade our land. That’s what treason is. And by our law representatives and senators can be kicked out and no longer serve in our government. And it’s, uh, it’s a crime punishable by death is what treason is. Nancy Pelosi is guilty of treason.”
CNN adds that Greene did not push back against a Facebook commenter who asked, “Now do we get to hang them ?? Meaning H & O ???” They were referring to President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“Stage is being set,” Greene responded. “Players are being put in place. We must be patient. This must be done perfectly or liberal judges would let them off.”
In a separate video Greene said Speaker Pelosi will “suffer death or she’ll be in prison” for “treason,” and suggested Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) was “just as guilty of treason as Nancy Pelosi.”
The word “treason” is used in the CNN report ten times.
Greene posted a strange response to CNN’s report via Twitter,
Fake News CNN is writing yet another hit piece on me focused on my time before running for political office.
I will never back down to the enemy of the American people and neither should you. pic.twitter.com/K3JuvqrDGS
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) January 26, 2021
Read the full report here.
‘Morally Bankrupt, Depraved and Dangerous’: QAnon Congresswoman Slammed by Democratic Lawmaker
Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) did not mince words on Wednesday when asked for his opinion of colleague Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).
While appearing on CNN, host John Berman showed Crow a tweet Greene wrote this week in which she declared that “President Trump will remain in office” and that “Democrats must be held accountable for political violence inspired by their rhetoric.”
Crow did not hold back in his response.
“There are, unfortunately, a handful of members of congress — and Miss Taylor Greene is just one of them — who are morally bankrupt, they are depraved, and they’re frankly dangerous individuals,” he said.
Crow went on to say that House members are considering a wide range of options for dealing with lawmakers who were involved in potentially organizing last week’s deadly riots at the Capitol building, including expulsion.
“You know, we can’t let this stand,” he said. “Donald Trump is one thing, he’s shown us time and time again who he is, but he doesn’t do this without support… it’s because there are a few depraved individuals who give oxygen to these conspiracy theories and legitimatize it.”
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