QAnon supporters, and other right-wing conspiracy theorists are reeling after Wednesday’s inauguration of President Joe Biden, a major disappointment for those still somehow expecting Donald Trump to serve a second term as President.
QAnon had long predicted “the storm,” featuring arrests of many Democratic leaders, including Biden, leading to Trump’s continued presidency. “I’m the laughing stock of my family,” one conspiracy theorist cried.
Vice News reported under the headline, “Trump Fails to Ascend as God Emperor, Leaving Diehard Fans Adrift:”
“As new President Joseph R. Biden took his oath of office, his hand atop a massive family Bible, confusion, anger, and grief washed over some of the worst corners of the Internet.”
“Refugees from the QAnon conspiracy subreddit, now huddled together on a new website, took turns assuring each other that everything they were seeing was all part of the unfolding of the grand Plan they’d spent years breathlessly awaiting.”
Even as Biden was being sworn, some remained dug in – “I HAVE ZERO DOUBTS,’ one supporter wrote.
But others weren’t so sure – ”WTF? ‘He’s being sworn in now,” said another.
The Vice piece goes on:
“In the weeks leading up to Biden’s inauguration, the worst elements of Trump’s coalition— Nazis, white supremacists, Q-mesmerized “patriots,” Proud Boys, Telegram lurkers, and all-purpose far-right sh*tlords—managed to hold out hope. On one website for Trump fans banished from Reddit, TheDonald.win, many users had assured one another that not only would Biden never take office, but that Trump, naturally, would never leave it.”
Instead, they claimed among fellow believers, that Trump would ascend to the role of ‘God Emperor.’ On the morning of January 20, QAnon supporters encouraged each other to ‘Enjoy the show,’ dotting their posts with popcorn emojis, meaning they would be watching Armageddon rain down on the Satanic cabal they’d been led to believe rules the world with the leisure of a $2 matinee.
“This is a bizarre, dangerous, and volatile moment for Trump’s most impassioned and hateful fans. They have been forced to recognize that the glorious reckoning they dreamed of would not come to pass, that Trump would not and will not usher in either—take your pick—God’s kingdom on earth or a white ethnostate. And in that moment, these people are vulnerable to any new bad idea that comes along.”
Fredrick Brennan, former owner of the 8chan message board who now works to expose those behind QAnon, warned that the craziness from these conspiracy theorists is not likely over:
“There’s no way for these people to continue in the world believing that the ‘deep state’ has taken over the government and that they need to win back the Republic other than by killing Democrats.”