What Is QAnon? Inside the Network of Right-Wing Conspiracy Theorists
The group was out in force during President Trump's Florida rally Tuesday night.
It was a curious sight at Tuesday night's Trump rally in Tampa as the letter “Q” was frequently displayed at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
One guy was seen holding up a cut-out "Q." Another sign proclaimed: "We Are Q,” and many attendees were spotted wearing "Q" T-shirts.
The signs and shirts are all related to QAnon, a network of conspiracy theorists. Wednesday’s edition of The Washington Post dubbed the group a "deranged conspiracy cult."
It first started in the deep recesses of social media.
"They have this idea that there is going to be this thing called ‘The Storm,’ in which Trump sweeps away their enemies," said Daily Beast reporter Will Sommer.
Some of the wildest QAnon conspiracy theories include Democrats and Hollywood celebrities working together in the operation of a child sex ring. Another claims Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller is not actually investigating the Trump campaign — he's investigating Hillary Clinton.
The theories have been spread via online message boards and YouTube videos.
Roseanne Barr has even made reference to QAnon in her tweets.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Wednesday that the president "condemns and denounces any group that would incite violence against another individual."
The crowd at the Tampa rally was less than cordial toward CNN’s Jim Acosta Tuesday night as they hurled insults and curse words toward him during a live TV report.
“This crowd has been hostile, telling us to go home,” Acosta said. “We're gonna stay right here and report the news."
At one point during the rally, the president fired up his supporters by ranting about "fake news."
Acosta tried to make peace by posing for photos and chatting with Trump supporters.
“I'm very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump ... will result in somebody getting hurt. We should not treat our fellow Americans this way. The press is not the enemy," he later tweeted.
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