The QAnon conspiracy theory web hinges upon the collective delusion that a network of satanic cannibal pedophiles secretly controls the United States government, and that outgoing President Donald Trump was sent to expose them.
Though these claims are patently absurd, this fringe fantasy has been vindicated with the elections of Republican Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Lauren Boebert of Colorado, both of whom have expressed support for the conspiracy theory in the past.
Despite the imminence of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20th, a faction of these QAnon believers remain certain that Donald Trump will remain in office until at least 2024.
Trump—who has refused to condemn QAnon in the past—has somewhat receded in his lies that the 2020 election was "stolen" by Democrats after these lies incited a siege on the United States Capitol last week, acknowledging that a "new administration" would take over on January 20th.
Banned by Twitter for inciting violence, the President released an Oval Office address hours after the House of Representatives impeached him for a historic second time.
https://t.co/FIJbvCYGJ6— The White House (@The White House) 1610578970.0
While he still didn't acknowledge that Biden is the legitimate winner of the 2020 election and that his lies about United States election integrity were, in fact, lies, Trump urged his followers not to plan any more violent insurrections in his name.
But QAnon believers focused on Trump's hand movements at the 4:20 mark, where they believed he gestured the Morse Code for "Q."
For those that have ears to hear. Patriots are in control. Trumps hands don’t move apart, except precisely at 4:20… https://t.co/qhAMfvw2gY— Invasive Species (@Invasive Species) 1610648702.0
The whole time Trump doesn't seperate his fingers until the 4:20 mark. Interestingly looks alot like morse code. Lo… https://t.co/1CcE3bbmVE— Kermit(same on gab) (@Kermit(same on gab)) 1610645781.0
At 4:20, the ONLY time Trump releases his hands the entire video (and he normally talks with his hands a ton, you c… https://t.co/f79QJCM6Kq— ⚡🐦 𝔰 𝔱 𝔬 𝔯 𝔪 𝔠 𝔯 𝔬 𝔴 🐦⚡ (@⚡🐦 𝔰 𝔱 𝔬 𝔯 𝔪 𝔠 𝔯 𝔬 𝔴 🐦⚡) 1610643160.0
According to David Gilbert of Vice News, the claim originated on pro-Trump internet forums.
But others found it laughable that Trump could learn Morse Code, given his past gaffes.
From the guy who looked directly at a solar eclipse without glasses and suggested injecting disinfectant to fight c… https://t.co/QJ7QMfhwZh— bmo || black lives matter (@bmo || black lives matter) 1610640756.0
How smart do they think he is ? https://t.co/I3xZeuReXo https://t.co/A5TfSOEUo2— clem who dwells here (@clem who dwells here) 1610640278.0
If Donald Trump knows Morse code consider me Miles Davis. #Trump https://t.co/0SgphPaj4u— ANTIPROFA (@ANTIPROFA) 1610646422.0
Oh honey, he can’t even read. https://t.co/tMgH9paFep— Jacob Karim (@Jacob Karim) 1610631898.0
Lol the idea that Trump has the mental acuity to speak and tap in Morse code at the same time... ... or to learn M… https://t.co/NPqJusuhQJ— Jonathan Cristol (@Jonathan Cristol) 1610636634.0
https://t.co/rWvKgI8zbe https://t.co/ZugDpSH4Wv— 𝙹𝚘𝚗 (@𝙹𝚘𝚗) 1610636512.0
Joe Biden will be inaugurated on January 20th, but other QAnon believers are certain Trump will use the emergency broadcast system to expose his enemies and remain in office.