Yesterday, according to domestic terrorist cult QAnon, was supposed to be the "Great Awakening," when at noon a great storm would cleanse the nation of its sex trafficking, treasonous leaders (like =snicker= the Clintons, Obamas, and Bidens). Anxious watch parties of low- IQ, high gullibility QAnon sad sacks waited for the moment yesterday at noon when the arrests and executions would begin.
Then as Kamala Harris then Joe Biden took their oaths of office, countless tiny, damaged brains started exploding around the country:
“Well this popcorn just got cold,” one QAnon supporter wrote. “When do the arrests start??” another questioned. Still, they continued clinging to hope while counting down the minutes until their long-awaited “great awakening.”
But as noon arrived, and a grinning Biden placed his hand on a Bible to be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, reality came crashing down.
“I can’t stop crying. Fuck. Why?” one person pleaded. “It’s over,” another conceded. Some wondered how they could possibly mend their broken relationships with the loved ones they’d pushed away over their obsessions with Q.
Like a flipped switch, the attitude inside online QAnon communities shifted from glee to shock and misery: “NOTHING FUCKING HAPPENED!!!”; “So now we have proof Q was total bullshit”; “I feel sick, disgusted and disappointed”; “Have we been duped???”; “You played us all”; “HOW COULD WE BELIEVE THIS FOR SO LONG? ARE WE ALL IDIOTS?” [Ed.: Yes!] [snip]
But even some of QAnon’s most prominent influencers reluctantly acknowledged that it was time to move on. MelQ, a major QAnon leader, turned off commenting in her Telegram channel as Biden’s swearing-in drew nearer and members appeared to lose faith, in order to “have everyone take a breather.” But once the ceremony was complete, she changed her tune: “Ok let it all out,” she wrote, later adding, “We’ll get through anything together.”
Ron Watkins, the former administrator of 8kun — a platform that has long been vital to Q’s communication with believers — also pulled the plug: “We gave it our all,” he told his nearly 120,000 Telegram subscribers. “Now we need to keep our chins up and go back to our lives as best we are able."
Yep, disregard the threats and violence and wreckage -- nothing to see here, move along!
Sadly, people inclined to swallow even the most outrageous, illogical conspiracy theories will continue to look for a "system" that explains what they can't understand or don't like about their lives or the world. That they've been made to look like fools is temporarily satisfying, but ultimately many will gravitate to other scams that reinforce what they want to believe despite all evidence and facts to the contrary. They're still a danger to themselves and to us -- and at least two QAnon crackpots are Members of Congress (for now). Deep breath!
(h/t Silver Spring Bureau Chief Brian)
BONUS: The attorney for QAnon "shaman" and organic food fancier Jacob Anthony Chansley had hoped for a pardon for his client from Mango Mussolini, which was not forthcoming. His response to the snub is a pure schadenfreude moment:
“The request was of extraordinary value in that it accorded Trump an opportunity to do what his followers believed would have been the ‘honorable’ thing to do,” said [attorney Al] Watkins. “Mr. Chansley, along with many others who were similarly situated, are now compelled to reconcile a betrayal by a man whose back they felt they had for years. In turn, they are compelled to be introspective and evaluate how they got where they are, the role of their former leader in that tragic course, and the vulnerabilities they share such as to be led down a primrose path by a man whose back is now squarely fading into the Mar Lago sunset as he walks spiritually hand-in-hand with Lil Wayne.”
(Photo: The aforementioned QAnon "shaman" Chansley, center, currently in custody -- no pardon for you!)