QAnon is a far-right conspiracy theory detailing a supposed secret plot by an alleged “deep state” against Donald Trump and his supporters. The theory began to circulate in 2017 through anonymous posts on the imageboard 4chan. Since then it is believed that the individual has grown into multiple people that claim to have accessed classified information related directly to Trump.
It is not uncommon to see individuals at Trump’s MAGA rallies wearing QAnon t-shirts or holding up “We are QAnon” signs. The QAnon movement has increased among pro-Trump social media users.
Trump has once again breathed new life into the QAnon conspiracy theory.
On Thursday, Trump quoted an anti-immigration post by “MAGA Michelle” a QAnon conspiracy theorist. “MAGA Mary’s” bio includes the hashtag #WWG1WGA, which is short for “where we go one, we go all” a phrase frequently used by QAnon followers.
“My children & grandchildren are dreamers & should COME FIRST! Trump, we got ur back, build that wall 100 ft tall!” MAGA Michelle wrote over a video of a black Trump supporter. “Hey, Democrats that plantation is getting smaller by the day!”
Trump replied in sharing the post: “Thank you, and the Wall is under major construction!”
When E. Jean Carroll came forward to accuse Trump of rape “MAGA Michelle” used to Twitter to promote the conspiracy theory that Carroll had ripped off the story from a 2012 episode of Law & Order.
Trump has made a pastime of spreading conspiracy theories of late. He retweeted a post about “Pizzagate” and then suggested that Jeffrey Epstein had been killed by the Clintons.
Trump’s explanation for sharing the tweet? The man has a lot of followers.
“The retweet — which is what it was, just a retweet — was from somebody that’s a very respected conservative pundit,” Trump told reporters afterward. “So I think that was fine.”