The FBI called QAnon believers ‘a domestic terrorism threat’ just last year who organize on social media
Over the weekend, theGrio reported that a caravan of cars chased down a Biden-Harris bus and caused the campaign to cancel events due to safety concerns.
Events like this have been happening with increased frequency leading up to the election and according to the Huff Post, “At least 18 of the listed event organizers in 14 states have openly supported the far-right conspiracy theory known as QAnon on social media.”
QAnon is a multi-pronged conspiracy that is shared via social media. Followers of QAnon are typically right-wing and believe in unfounded claims including that the Democratic Party is running a pedophilia ring, according to the AP.
Huff Post reports that a self-proclaimed grassroots group of “patriots” created a group called “MAGA Drag the Interstate.” The group organized convoys in multiple cities using Facebook groups.
“It’s time to stand up and take our Country back!” the organizers wrote on their website. The group has been organizing since September but doubled down this week due to Tuesday’s election.
Last year, the FBI warned that passionate QAnon believers had “become a domestic terrorism threat and were “very likely” to commit violent crimes inspired by their fringe beliefs.” According to the AP, the man who killed the boss of the Gambino crime family was a QAnon believer who thought “he was helping President Donald Trump defend Democracy.”
During Trump’s debate-replacement town hall event in mid-October, Trump denied know anything about QAnon before eventually praising the work they do to combat pedophilia.
When asked to admit that the conspiracy theories against the Democratic Party were false, Trump replied, “I don’t know that and neither do you.”
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