What is QAnon?
*** QAnon is the umbrella term for
a sprawling set of internet conspiracy theories that allege, falsely, that
the world is run by a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles who are plotting
against Mr. Trump while operating a global child sex-trafficking ring.
*** QAnon followers believe that
this clique includes top Democrats including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama
and George Soros, as well as a number of entertainers and Hollywood celebrities
like Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres and religious figures including
Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama. Many of them also believe that, in addition
to molesting children, members of this group kill and eat their victims
in order to extract a life-extending chemical from their blood.
*** According to QAnon lore,
Mr. Trump was recruited by top military generals to run for president in
2016 in order to break up this criminal conspiracy, end its control of
politics and the media, and bring its members to justice.
*** Is QAnon the same thing as
Yes and no. QAnon has been described
as a “big-budget sequel” to Pizzagate, because it takes the original Pizzagate
conspiracy theory — which alleged, falsely, that Mrs. Clinton and her cronies
were operating a child sex-trafficking ring out of the basement of a Washington,
D.C., pizza restaurant. . .