Believe it or not, something was floating around the tubes over the holiday weekend that was more unhinged than Donald Trump’s epic Twitter meltdown on Christmas Eve. Several ardent followers of a conspiracy theory about a massive pedophilia ring involving Democrats and celebrities believe that their trust in “the plan” was paying off. they believed that Trump was finally able to open the trap door under the whole thing–using the shutdown, his decision to pull out from Syria and Afghanistan, and his unexpected Christmas trip to Iraq as cover.
In case you missed it, Pizzagate, the kooky theory about a massive sex trafficking ring headquartered in a Washington pizzeria, has morphed into something called “QAnon” or “The Storm.” Supposedly, a top-level adviser to Trump known as “Q” has been dribbling out information of a planned crackdown that will reportedly ensnare everyone who is anyone in the Democratic Party and the entertainment world.
For some time, QAnon’s followers have relied on a missive Q posted in March:
You cannot possibly imagine the size of this. Trust the plan. Trust there are more good than bad.
To hear QAnon’s most ardent believers tell it, that plan is about to come to fruition. For instance, the de facto high priestess of QAnon and Pizzagate, Liz Crokin, hasn’t let a long-overdue ban from Twitter stop her from peddling her nonsense. Far from it–she’s turned her Instagram feed into the main outlet for her mix of libel, slander and lunacy.
Hours after the government officially shut down, Crokin shared a number of Twitter screenshots suggesting that the shutdown and Trump’s inexplicable decision to pull out of Syria and Afghanistan were actually good things. Supposedly they were signs that people were about to be arrested in bunches.
Let’s see if we’ve got this right. Trump threw a temper tantrum over his effing wall and shut down the government over it just so he could lock people up? And he effectively declared “mission accomplished” in Syria despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary–just so he could lock people up?
That’s what you’d have to believe in order to trust this plan and believe the arrests are indeed coming. As ridiculous as this sounds, consider that the QAnon crowd believes Robert Mueller isn’t really investigating Russian hacking. He’s actually investigating this massive ring–and giving Trump all the evidence he needs to lock them all up.
To hear Crokin talk, Trump was about to give the nation a yuuuge Christmas present.
Wait a minute. Christmas came and went–with no arrests. But fear not. Crokin was ready, as usual, to retcon her lunacy. She claims that Trump’s surprise trip to Iraq is a sign of things to come.
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President Trump & the First Lady made a secret trip overseas to visit troops over Christmas. Time to revisit Q drop 35 — POTUS Insulated & Protected. Patriots on standby ready to take our country back. 🐸 #QAnon #pedogate #pizzagate #thegreatawakening #greatawakening #wwg1wga
As further evidence, she noticed that a lot of prominent Democrats have been conspicuously silent on Twitter lately.
There are a lot of reasons to take this with a tankerful of salt. Earlier, Q breathlessly proclaimed that December 5–the day of George H. W. Bush’s funeral–was supposed to be the day that The Storm made landfall. Supposedly, the national day of mourning was just a cover for the mass arrests. Well, that day came and went–with absolutely nothing.
But that hasn’t stopped the saner elements among QAnon followers–a term that must be used in its loosest possible sense–from latching on to this crazy. Take Mikaela Seales, for instance. You may recall that after Crokin got wind that she was a former Bernie-or-Buster, she launched a particularly vicious smear attack on her–claiming that Seales was a deep state plant, and even going as far as doxing Seales and her soon-to-be ex-husband.
You would have thought that would have knocked the scales off Seales’ eyes. Nope. She spent Wednesday merrily posting screenshots proclaiming that Trump’s decision to slink into Iraq was the start of The Storm.
No, Mikaela. You, Crokin and your colleagues aren’t “incredibly smart.” You’re incredibly deluded. Remember, several D-Days have come and went with no action. Why should we trust you now?
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