QAnon isn’t gone – it’s alive and kicking in states across the country
QAnon demonstrators protest a stay-at-home order in San Diego on May 1, 2020, during a rally to reopen California. Photo by Sandy Huffaker / AFP via Getty Images At this point, almost everyone has heard of QAnon, a plot created by an anonymous online poster of mysterious prophecies. Beginning with the first promise of 2017 that Hillary Rodham Clinton will be arrested imminently, a wide group of interpreters conspires to see President Donald Trump’s Democratic opponents as a global pedophile conspiracy of the devil. I planned. Perhaps the greatest success of the plot is the ability to create a shared alternative reality, a reality that can dismiss everything from decisive elections to deadly pandemics. The world of QAnon is alive. Currently, mainly through involvement in local Republican politics rather than national. Moving away from the election campaign, the new focus of the movement is vaccines. While QAnon’s influence on pandemic denialism is important, the spread of Q in local politics is causing conflict in many states. The tug-of-war plot may have started with an ambiguous web forum, but now it affects Republicans at all levels. A recent Daily Kos / Civiqs poll found that 55% of Republicans believed that the conspiracy factor was true. And in many parts of the country, QAnon supporters have won the elections. From local boards of education to city councils, QAnon currently has dozens of supporters at almost every level of municipality. Many of these positions are swaying far outside Washington, DC, but the breadth of this move indicates that its influence is unlikely to diminish quickly. Supporters of QAnon are being chased by rebels on March 28, 2021 at the State Capitol in Salem, Oregon. John Radov / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Not all Republicans are happy with this shift. In South Carolina, Indiana, Michigan, and other states, Republican politics is full of tensions between QAnon supporters and more traditional conservatives. For example, in Indiana, the local newspaper The Herald Bulletin published an article on March 21, 2021, entitled “Republican Tug-of-War: Factions Fight for Influence.” He showed his support at the Capitol. In January, he put up a sign with the QAnon phrase “# WWG1WGA” saying “Where to go, go everything”. “QAnon is a Republican. Leaders need to lead in a fact-based, solution-oriented way and stick to the proven facts. It’s neither an opinion nor a conspiracy theory,” said Kyle Hapfer, Republican Chairman of the Indiana Republic. A state Republican politician promoted QAnon, Indiana through a social media post, but later apologized, “I think half of them are pretty nuts.” In January 2021, the Hawaiian Republican Twitter account tweeted the defense of QAnon followers. The account also defended the Holocaust denial. The person who posted the tweet was later forced to resign. A similar conflict occurred at Huntington Beach, California. There, the appointed Mayor Protem or Deputy Mayor, along with a conspiracy to wear masks and vaccines, triggered a vote that he was not confident in supporting QAnon. Part of the Conversation Many QAnon supporters after the election have reconfigured the COVID-19 vaccine not as a solution to a pandemic, but as a conspiracy attempt to control the minds of an unhappy world. I have been working on. Opposition to mask mandates, vaccines and blockades was an effective campaign for QAnon to mobilize anti-government sentiment common to the Republican conservative foundation. These efforts appear to be united over a ban on mandating vaccines. The Republican-led Senate in Missouri recently resolved to ban so-called vaccine passports, and Texas, Florida, Idaho, and Utah all passed similar legislation. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is calling for a similar law. It is unknown to what extent these bans were affected by QAnon. However, they reflect opposition to the masks and vaccines that shaped the plot. In California, a recall campaign against Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom is targeting his COVID-19 response. The campaign was initially organized by people belonging to both right-wing militias and QAnon supporters. These tweets in late January expressed sympathy for QAnon’s followers and led to the resignation of Hawaiian Republican leader. Screenshot, Hawaii FreePress Yotam Ophir, a communications scholar at the University at Buffalo, New York, studied QAnon. He told me, “I have no reason to believe that the plot will be gone soon.” Part of this is that QAnon has deep historical roots in a variety of other plots, including centuries-old anti-Semitic plots of blood libel. Conspiracy flexibility has also proven to be resilient in changing political conditions. [Over 100,000 readers rely on The Conversation’s newsletter to understand the world. Sign up today.] Perhaps the greatest threat posed by QAnon is clearly demonstrated by Lindsay Schubiner, Program Director at the Western States Center in Portland, Oregon. This program director supports democracy and challenges white supremacy. “Exaggerated conspiracy theories like QAnon have a huge impact on how local governments operate,” Schubiner told me. “If we don’t live in a shared reality, it’s difficult to achieve democratic governance. It’s true at the local level as well as at the national level.” This article is a shared-only non-profit news. It has been reissued from the site The Conversation. Ideas from academic experts. It was written by Sophie Bjork James of Vanderbilt University. 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