Trump just retweeted a 'QAnon' conspiracy theory hashtag to his 68 million followers
- President Donald Trump retweeted a video message on Friday morning with a hashtag referencing a fringe pro-Trump conspiracy theory known as "QAnon."
- The tweet included a video of a woman praising Trump's approach to urban poverty and included the hashtag #WWG1WGA, which stands for the QAnon slogan, "Where we go one, we go all."
- Followers of the conspiracy believe that, among other things, the world is run by a satanic cabal of elites and pedophiles led by Hillary Clinton and the "deep state," who Trump will eventually expose and defeat.
- Trump has promoted dozens of QAnon conspiracy accounts and followers of the conspiracy have showed up at his campaign rallies and appeared in his ads.
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President Donald Trump retweeted a video message on Friday morning with a hashtag referencing a pro-Trump conspiracy theory, known as "QAnon."The tweet, from the anonymous account @Rad123, included a video of a woman praising Trump's approach to urban poverty and included the hashtag #WWG1WGA, which stands for the QAnon slogan, "Where we go one, we go all." The video originated from another pro-Trump account, @Emmy. Advertisement
The QAnon theory centers around an anonymous online individual known as "Q," who claims to be a government official with information about a covert plot to overthrow Trump. Followers of the conspiracy believe that, among other things, the world is run by a satanic cabal of elites and pedophiles led by Hillary Clinton and the "deep state," who Trump - with help from secret allies including special counsel Robert Mueller - will eventually expose and defeat.
Earlier this year, the FBI designated QAnon a possible domestic terrorism threat. A handful of right-wing, pro-Trump celebrities, including actress Roseanne Barr and former professional baseball player Curt Schilling have expressed support for the conspiracy and its followers."Q" has attributed the "Where we go one, we go all" slogan to President John F. Kennedy, but it seems to have been taken from the 1996 movie "White Squall," The Daily Beast reported.
Trump has previously promoted dozens of QAnon conspiracy accounts and followers. According to a New York Times investigation published in November, Trump has retweeted at least 145 unverified accounts that have promoted conspiracy theories. Over two dozen of these accounts were later suspended by Twitter for violating the platform's rules. The Times found that QAnon promoters frequently make their way into the president's Twitter feed via his son, Donald Trump Jr., Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, and the right-wing pundit Eric Bolling. And more than 20,000 of Trump's Twitter followers have QAnon slogans or references in their profiles. Advertisement
In July, the Trump campaign released a video ad that featured multiple Trump fans with QAnon signs. And QAnon followers have showed up to Trump's campaign rallies holding signs showing their support for both the president and the conspiracy.
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