Trump Turns to QAnon and 4chan Memes for Support Amid Growing Legal Danger

Former President Donald Trump posted dozens of messages on Truth Social Tuesday morning amid an ongoing investigation into the Justice Department’s handling of classified documents. financial hardship social media platformand sharing content from QAnon-linked conspiracy theory accounts and 4chan message boards.

Trump has posted more or reposted 60+ messages in the early hours of Tuesday,After several hours he asked Truth Social He was declared the “legitimate winner” of the 2020 election, amplifying several memes depicting him as a political savior, attacking President Biden and moderate Republicans, and pushing Democrats over Russia. was also portrayed as a major enemy of the state.

Among the conspiracy theories Trump reposted Tuesday suggested it was members of the FBI and Antifa who stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, and his own supporters, It was not an anti-vaccine message, and a claim that US intelligence agencies are not. It has legal authority to conduct ongoing reviews of classified documents Trump has stored at his Mar-a-Lago resort, in clear violation of the Presidential Records Act.

Many of the posts Trump shared included QAnon messages and iconography.

The Trump-promoted conspiracy meme is QAnon and 4chan message board stocks and deals, a violent uprising and misinformation against the so-called Deep State, which Trump and his followers see as staunch enemies of American democracy. Toxic blend. In 2020, Facebook and Twitter banned his QAnon account on the platform, citing threats of violence.

However, enforcing these bans was not easy.On Monday, Facebook’s parent company Meta said it had been banned. 480 accounts linked to extremist group ‘Proud Boys’ It’s been over four years since Facebook tried to remove such accounts from its platform.

Trump launched Truth Social after being suspended from Facebook two days before the Capitol riots on Jan. 6, 2021, and on Jan. 8, 2021, following a previous suspension for violating terms of service, followed by Twitter has been banned.

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Former President Donald Trump at the CPAC in Dallas earlier this month. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

But the platform, which bills itself as a “free speech haven,” has faced multiple problems since its debut in February. On Tuesday, Google announced that it would continue to ban Truth Social from appearing in its app stores. This is due to lax content moderation standards that failed to crack down on threats of violence by users.

“On August 19th, we notified Truth Social that our current app submissions violate our standard policies, and that Google has an effective system in place to manage user-generated content. We reiterated that it is a condition of our Terms of Service for publishing apps on Play.” Google said in a statement:.

Truth Social’s stock has fallen nearly 75% after peaking in March. The Washington Post reportedin part due to Trump’s legal hazards stemming from his handling of classified documents after leaving the White House.

Meanwhile, conservative internet hosting company RightForge reportedly claims that Trump’s social media outlets owed them more than $1 million in unpaid bills. Fox Business reported last week.

In a further blow, the US Patent and Trademark Office last week rejected a petition by the former president’s company on the grounds that the name Truth Social was too similar to names already in use by other companies.

The former president and his supporters have often blamed Trump for his precipitous drop in social media follower count. a deliberate effort to silence him Critics claim his social media presence helped incite the January 6 riots and remains a threat to public safety. On August 12, Ricky Shiffer, an armed man in his armor who regularly posted on Truth Social, said: Attempted to break into an FBI field office in Cincinnati. before being killed in a shootout with agents.

But in one of his intriguing posts on Tuesday morning, Trump included a message that both sides of the debate might agree on: