Conspiracies mixing with politics


Andrew Dye of the Winston Salem Journal

Trump supporters gather in Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem on September 9th 2020

Josie Coulter, Reporter

Among immense disorder and other stress in the White House, people have now mixed conspiracies with politics and behind it is a very large following of the republican party, especially now with elections on the horizon.

  One of the largest right conspiracies is known as the QAnon conspiracy. The main idea is President Donald J. Trump is waging a war against Satan worshiping pedophiles that lurk in the United States government according to the BBC. 

 “QAnon believers have speculated that this fight will lead to a day of reckoning where prominent people such as former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be arrested and executed,” Mike Wendling, a reporter for the BBC, said. 

 The name derives from a believed organization of higher rank government officials with  military experience. 

  “Followers believe that “Q” is a high-ranking government insider, presumably with a military or intelligence background, committed to exposing the hidden truth of what they see as an international bureaucracy scheming against Mr. Trump and his supporters,” The Wallstreet Journal said.

  The theory has already caused havoc and put people in danger. In 2016 when the president was first elected, a hashtag went around social media known as the Pizzagate. 

 “That happened in December 2016, when a 28-year-old North Carolina man, who believed a conspiracy theory — one that is still spread by QAnon followers — showed up at a Washington, D.C. pizzeria where he believed children were being harbored because of baseless claims relating to Hillary Clinton’s, John Podesta. The “Pizzagate” believer fired several shots from an AR-15 rifle, though nobody was injured,” Times said. 

 With the elections only a month away and the tension between the Democrat and Republican party so thick it could be cut with a knife, it could become very alarming in the next few months. 

 “Though an armed man with an armored truck did block a highway near the Hoover Dam in June with a sign reading “Release the OIG report,” a demand that was prominent among QAnon followers,” Times said. 

 The danger with mixing politics and deep conspiracies is that things said by high ranking officials can be taken out of context and thrown into a whirlwind of dangerous thoughts. This sort of instance is how the conspiracy was form in the beginning. 

“The QAnon conspiracy may have gotten started when Trump made an off-hand remark about the “calm before the storm,” but the President appears to have no personal ties to the people behind it,” Times said. 

On Tuesday, October 6th, social media giant, Facebook, banned all QAnon accounts, hashtags, and any groups related to the theory on all its platforms. The platform said it was do to the danger and high risk for violent ideas to be spread through out their platform.

“‘Our Dangerous Organizations Operations team will continue to enforce this policy and proactively detect content for removal instead of relying on user reports,” the statement added,” the BBC said.

 At high stakes like the political debates everyone should think before they speak. Especially those with great influence among large groups, and keep level heads as the plot thickens further into 2020.