As QAnon Goes Mainstream, Trump Rallies Said To Be 'Darker' And 'More Dangerous'

Inquisitr Staff

At President Donald Trump's Florida rally, it was business as usual until it wasn't. Since taking office, Trump's MAGA rallies have been peppered with accusations that his opponents are guilty of something, tirades against witch hunts, and railing against fake news. As time has passed, these rallies have been cited as becoming darker and more dangerous due to a pair of factors which are creating what some are calling a perfect storm for discord. One factor is that Trump has become more forceful in expressing certain views regarding those he views as enemies, be it the press, the Clintons, the DNC, or even his own appointees such as Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The other factor, which is the wildcard, is the rise of QAnon going mainstream.

Fast Company reported that at Trump's Florida MAGA rally, people could be seen holding up signs that read "We are Q," in reference to QAnon. For anyone unfamiliar with QAnon, it is an online conspiracy theory that sprung forth from the ashes of #pizzagate on 4chan, 8chan, Reddit, and later all over the internet. QAnon eventually became mainstream enough that it developed a large presence on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, with personalities such as Roseanne Barr and Curt Schilling holding it up as fact.

No one knows who the "Q" is that posts the morsels of information that shape the conspiracy theory, or if "Q" is one person or several different people, hence the name, QAnon. The only bit of information anyone has about Q is that Q claims to be a high-ranking government official with a "Q security clearance." The conspiracy theory states that Trump has directed the DOJ, military, and depending on which platform you get information from, ICE, or even a private army, to round up all the people he believes have done harm to the country and world to stand trial for their crimes. These "bad people" feature the Clintons, the Obamas, actor Tom Hanks, John McCain, and the rich and powerful in Hollywood, sports, the mainstream media, or any field that clearly do not identify with Trump's political ideologies.

Will Sommers at The Daily Beast offers another view of QAnon, as interpretation of the conspiracy theory as a whole can be markedly varied.

"The general story. . . is that every president before Trump was a 'criminal president' in league with all the nefarious groups of conspiracy theories past: the global banking elite, death squads operating on orders from Hillary Clinton, deep-state intelligence operatives, and Pizzagate-style pedophile rings. In an effort to break this cabal's grip, according to Q, the military convinced Trump to run for president."

Rolling Stone reported that QAnon is embraced by Trump followers because they have been conditioned to receive it through years of Trump trying to drive a wedge between the press and citizenry. It's a continuation of alternate facts. It's more rhetoric like Trump insisting Obama was born in Kenya. They want to have someone tell them it is okay to hate certain people and wish bad things upon them, and QAnon does that. University of Miami professor Joseph Uscinski told The Daily Beast why he sees QAnon as having taken such a strong hold over Republicans.

"QAnon is unusual, because it offers Republicans an alternate view of the world when they already control nearly the entire government. Usually, conspiracy theories are for losers.'"

Jim Acosta of CNN got a firsthand view of what Trump's MAGA rallies are evolving into, as people screamed at him "CNN sucks," "tell the truth," and several things unfit to print. They did this because right now, Acosta is the face of the "fake media" for Trump rallies. In the video below, the signs being held up by people yelling at Acosta include a QAnon sign.

"Trump is propagating these lies for no other reason than to protect himself and his administration, but the real-life effects of his war against reality — QAnon being the most extreme example — are now part of the fabric of the United States, and will persist long after Trump is out of office."