Today was supposed to be THE DAY for QAnon true believers, the day that Donald Trump and his secret military allies would swoop down upon the inauguration, arresting Biden and the Clintons and Lady Gaga and many others. in a swift and brutal crackdown on an evil cabal of politicians and billionaires and celebrities who murder children and drink their blood to get high.
The mass arrests would be followed, perhaps only hours later by mass executions of these traitorous cannibals. And then Donald Trump would be proclaimed president once again.
If you watched the inauguration today you may have noticed that precisely none of these things happened. The QAnon people noticed this too, and they weren’t exactly happy about it. Some were sad, others furious, and all of them were baffled by what turned out to be a surprisingly uneventful inauguration ceremony.
Jesselyn Cook of the Huffpost described what happened in the QAnon chat rooms on Telegram:
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?”
And there were plenty of other QAnoners feeling the same way.
So is this the end of QAnon? I doubt it. While some of the people who feel like they’ve been duped may drop out, others may respond by simply coming up with a new explanation for the events that transpired (or didn’t tranpire) today.
Apocalyptic cults tend to survive the “great disappointments” that happen when predictions of the end of the world don’t pan out. The predictors just come up with new predictions, as well as explanations as to why the older predictions didn’t come to pass. It’s not like QAnoners have any trouble believing things that are completely bizarre and obviously untrue.
Indeed, some have already started to explain away why Trump is stepping down.
While some of the disillusioned QAnoners may retreat from politics for a while, others who want to stay involved may find themselves being energetically recruited by other groups on the far right.
The relative peacefulness in D.C. today, as well as the fizzling of protests at state capitols, shouldn’t be taken as a sign that we’re “safe” from QAnon or other groups on the far right. These people won’t go away, and if some of the disaffected QAnoners end up in Nazi accelerationist groups we could end up seeing a great deal more violence that we would have seen if they had simply remained QAnoners doing little more than working through the puzzles that are Q Drops and “trusting the plan.”
Whatever pleasure you take today in the collective disillusionment of so many QAnoners may come back to bit you, and the rest of us, in the ass.
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