On Monday, the anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death, a strange sect of QAnon supporters met again in Dallas.
Described by the FBI as a national terrorist threat, QAnon is a conspiracy theory that claims that a dark cabal of pedophiles, including prominent Democratic politicians, controls the world. According to QAnon followers, former President Donald Trump was waging a secret war against these so-called pedophile elites.
Negative48, a QAnon fringe personality whose real name is Michael Protzman, helped draw crowds of conspiracy theorists to Dallas earlier this month.
They thought that JFK, murdered in Dallas in 1963, and his son JFK Jr., who died in a plane crash in 1999, would reveal themselves to the world after all these years. On top of that, JFK Jr. would be Trump’s vice president in the 2024 race.
That obviously didn’t happen, but some are still in town weeks later.
On Monday, the group’s leaders, still in Dallas, were telling people that “it” was going to happen at Dealey Plaza at 1 pm. But they didn’t explain what “it” was. “It” was just another deadline that didn’t materialize in the end.
Like many times before, the goal post has been moved. For some, it meant even longer before seeing their loved ones again.
Katy Garner, an Arkansas nurse, said Vice News she basically lost her sister at the rally in Dallas. She said her sister, a QAnon follower (Negative48, to be precise), had been waiting in Dallas for a few weeks.
Protzman’s popularity has skyrocketed in recent months. According to Vice, its Telegram channel had only 1,700 members in March. Today it has more than 100,000 of them. The channel includes anti-Semitic content such as Holocaust denial and promotes the film. Europe – The Last Battle, which accuses the Jewish people of communism and the two world wars.
“She needs to know I’m talking and it’s INSANE !!!” – Katy Garner, nurse
Garner said it only took her sister a few months to become obsessed with QAnon. Then she found Negative48. Since then, Garner has said her sister gave the group $ 200,000 and was forced to drink hydrogen peroxide solution and take “biopellets” to stay healthy and keep it from catching. the coronavirus. She also said Vice her sister’s phone calls and messages were monitored. Garner fears his sister will never return.
Meanwhile, the belief that JFK Jr. is alive has been controversial in QAnon circles.
QAnon first took hold on image board sites like 4chan, 8chan, and 8kun, where an anonymous poster claimed to be a senior government official with “Q permission.” They claimed the authorization gave them access to classified information about Trump and his enemies in the United States.
Later, the theory that JFK Jr., who died in a light plane crash in 1999, was alive began to take hold in the Q community. Eventually, in December 2018, the poster claiming to be Q wanted to hand over the clocks to the hour on some points with a Q&A. During the question-and-answer session, someone asked if JFK Jr. was still alive. Q, their leader, said no, but some conspiracy theory cults are still waiting for JFK Jr. to return.
Negative48 spoke to a few of their subscribers on a recent video call. One person on the call said, “Ultimately… we have to go through this physical death… let go… come out the other side.
It’s unclear exactly what this was supposed to mean, but the rally in Dallas and the rhetoric surrounding it even started to worry other Q followers.
A Telegram poster wrote: “I’m almost ready to count these long-missing people. I thank GOD for not having any family or friends there. … Now I understand how my family feels when I try to explain my theories regarding Trump / Biden. They fear that I am going crazy and now I call people crazy !!! ”
Journalist Mike Rothschild has been following QAnon since around 2018, and he recently published the book The storm is upon us. He said the rally in Dallas looked like a cult.
While the anniversary might seem like a logical conclusion to the QAnoners’ stay in Dallas, Rothschild told the Observer he’s not sure when everyone will be packing and coming home.
“I really hope they disperse after this, but we know from prophecy cults of the past that failure of a prophecy to come true doesn’t set everyone on fire,” Rothschild said. “Some will definitely be leaving for a variety of reasons, probably because of Thanksgiving, running out of money, or just getting tired of waiting. But some will certainly stick around for the long haul.
He added: “The longer they stay in Dallas, the harder it will be for them to return to their ‘real life’.”
Via Twitter, Garner told the Observer she still has not heard from her sister. “I’m sure if she reads [the Vice article] she’s not going to be happy with me. … She needs to know that I’m talking and it’s INSANE !!! ”
She said the family never thought it would go this far. “Not in our wildest dream,” Garner said. “We knew she was doing ‘research’, but we had no idea how serious the situation was. One of the last times the family heard from her, Garner said, her sister insisted she was not coming home and that something important was going on.