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QAnon

or Qanon or Q’Anon

What does QAnon mean?

QAnon is the name of a group of conspiracy theorists who follow a mysterious leader named "Q."

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4chan, The Hacker Known as 4Chan, Deep State, truther, Nibiru, rabbit hole

Where does QAnon come from?

QAnon is thought to have started sometime in 2017. That’s when “clues” began appearing online allegedly released by a high-ranking federal government official—who goes by “Q.” The posts first appeared on 4Chan, and they have since spread to other parts of the internet, with fans of Q signing on as members of QAnon and spending hours analyzing Q’s “clues” for information.

QAnon has gained several celebrity fans, including former baseball player Curt Schilling and actress Roseanne Barr, and it is considered by many to spread conspiracy theories about the government. In one QAnon video supported by Schilling, it’s said that presidents prior to President Donald Trump were criminals, and the military stepped in to convince Trump to run for election.

The group’s existence was truly thrust into the mainstream in late July 2018, when people appeared at a Tampa, Florida rally for Trump holding signs with Q-related messages, from “We are Q” to a simple hashtag “#Qanon.”

The group is also known to look for deeper meaning in the use of the number 17 (which matches the position of Q in the alphabet).

Examples of QAnon

Also we open up a discussion about “Q” and why the anger and vitriol by liberals at the mere mention if it really is the fake conspiracy they claim?
@gehrig38, June, 2018
"I was probably in Washington, in my entire life, 17 times. True. 17 times. I don't think I stayed over night. You know what I'm getting at, right? #QAnon
@2020Maple, August, 2018
Here’s another word to add to your mute list... #Qanon
@ArticulateGem, August, 2018
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