Opinion |  A QAnon song at Trump's rally isn't the only conspiracy he's singing

Opinion | A QAnon song at Trump’s rally isn’t the only conspiracy he’s singing

At a Trump rally in Ohio on Saturday, the former president closed his speech to the strains of a tune widely associated with the QAnon conspiracy movement, which maintains that the government is run by a secret cabal of satanic pedophiles.

En masse, audience members extended their right arms fully and pointed their index fingers as Trump proclaimed that they were “a movement,” apparently echoing the name of the song they were listening to, “WWG1WGA,” an abbreviation of the catchphrase. of QAnon “where we go one, we all go”.

Trump had previously used the same theme song at a Pennsylvania rally and in a campaign video. He reposted an image of himself on his social media site wearing a lapel pin with a “Q” under the QAnon slogan, “The Storm Is Coming,” one of dozens of posts with the theme of What has QAnon done lately?

It continues to do this despite clear evidence that paranoid insanity (the QAnon fantasy ends with the execution of Trump’s opponents) inspires violence. This month in Michigan, a man allegedly shot and killed his wife and dog and injured his daughter. Another daughter told the Detroit News that her father’s mental health had deteriorated as he indulged more in “crazy ideas,” including QAnon, since the 2020 election.

In Pennsylvania a few days later, a man in a clown wig pointed a loaded gun at a Dairy Queen, then told police he was armed to “kill Democrats and liberals” and “restore Trump as president king.” . A Facebook account that apparently belongs to the man was immersed in the QAnon craze.

Trump’s spokesman claimed that the rally tune (the one that prompted the finger salutes) was not the QAnon anthem “WWG1WGA,” but an entirely different song that sounds exactly the same.

In a sense, it doesn’t matter what tune Trump uses. He’s singing the QAnon lyrics, and the MAGA Republicans back him up in four-part harmony.

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, who some thought offered a Republican alternative to Trumpism, will travel to Arizona next month to campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, one of the country’s most flamboyant election deniers. As Politico’s Alex Isenstadt reported, Lake will be the “most MAGA-aligned candidate Youngkin has campaigned for.” Lake, in addition to referring to the 2020 election as the “big heist,” has associated her campaign with leading QAnon figures and has called for imprisoning his opponent.

A new poll by The Post finds that in the 19 most-watched senatorial and gubernatorial races this year, 12 of the Republican candidates (including Lake) have refused to say whether they will accept the election results. This shows that refusing to accept the will of the people is now a feature, not a mistake, of the MAGA GOP.

After failing to make headlines by sending buses full of immigrants to Washington’s Union Station, Texas Governor Greg Abbott raised the level of cruelty by dropping bewildered immigrants in a DC suburb near the vice president’s residence. Abbott’s fellow Republican, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, elevated the inhumanity even higher, taking migrants who escaped political repression and economic desperation in Venezuela and bringing them to Martha’s Vineyard, where DeSantis knew no network awaited them. of security.

Tucker Carlson of Fox News celebrated the humiliation of the migrants with a racist diatribe about “sweaty Third World farmers” in “dirty work pants” who would have “an outdoor goat barbecue” on the island.

DeSantis does not limit his disdain to refugees from the Venezuelan dictatorship. This month he ran a campaign ad featuring Pastor Larry Jinks, who, as the Jewish publication Forward reported, posted earlier this year that “it is a shame that the Jews, who should know better, reject their own Messiah.” Jinks opposed peace and unity among religions, saying that Jesus taught Christians to “disagree with any religion that does not acknowledge Jesus.”

Not to be outdone, Doug Mastriano, the Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, held a rally with Texas evangelical leader Lance Wallnau, a self-proclaimed christian nationalist who has expressed pro-Putin conspiracy beliefs.

Trump, even before the QAnon tune and salute at his Saturday rally, regaled his fans with a wide range of delusional notions of conspiracy.

“The FBI colluded with Russia.”

“We have a president with a cognitive disability.”

“We won the election by a lot.”

“They spy on my campaign.”

Positively they all conspired in the “persecution of the MAGA movement”. The “deep state”. “Racist” (i.e. black) prosecutors. “Threatening Forces”. The media “enemies of the people”. FBI agents who “break into” your home.

“A vile group of corrupt and power-hungry liberal globalists, socialists and extremists in Washington have been waging war against the working people of Ohio,” Trump told them. “… Our biggest threat continues to be the sick, sinister, evil people of our country.”

QAnon, it’s playing your song.

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