But as soon as Biden raised his hand and swore to protect the Constitution, it became the nation’s 46th president – nothing of the sort happened.
“Most hardcore Qion followers are in disarray,” Advance Democracy president Daniel J. Jones, a non-partisan nonprofit that tracks extremist groups and misinformation online. “After years of waiting for the Great Awakening, QAnon’s followers were actually surprised to see President Biden successfully. A significant percentage are writing online that they are now done with QAnon, while others are doubling down and Are promoting new conspiracies. ”
After the riots, QAnon supporters eagerly awaited the opening moment of Besan.
A 4chan user posted on Wednesday morning, “As the deep noses around the state tighten, some people are becoming more and more desperate to discredit.” “I think what they say is true. Flak is the heaviest against the target.”
But after Biden’s swearing in and coming out, panic struck.
“We were promised arrests, exposures, military rule, classified documents. Where is it ????????” A member of the Telegram channel associated with QAnon wrote, which has about 128,000 subscribers.
“I’m feeling scared, feeling stomach sickness, but I’m still holding the line,” said another.
“Well babies are still being raped and eaten, no f ** min minute now God,” said another.
Some people started accepting the truth.
“Biden is our president,” said a fourth user in the Telegram channel. “It’s time to switch off our devices and get back to reality. If something happens, something happens, but now I’m getting out of all social media. It’s fun but it’s unfortunately over.”
Other believers insisted that the lack of a climax was part of the plan itself, theorizing that Trump only allowed Biden “to become president” for “appearances” while the former reality show host would pull Strings . One 4chan user wrote, “Whatever happens in the next 4 years, they are really doing President Trump.”
“It’s a hot mess, frankly,” said Carla Hill, research fellow at the Center for Extremism, the center of the Anti-Extremism League of QAnon believers. “Frustration started seeping in. Some shame, some anger … a limit [new] Conspiracies are getting out of this and they are arguing among themselves. ”
The apparent spontaneity with which some QAnon believers have been able to adjust the theory to suit new events is how conspiracy theory can be slippery. But the spread of new theories and beliefs can also lead to the movement’s fickleness – and, some extremism experts warn, a potential new crisis in mental health.
As QAnon believers pulled deeply into conspiracy theory, they built a comfortable belief system around them, Mark Ambinder, a senior fellow who misread and disbanded at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism is.
“The ‘plan’ was so much more powerful in abstraction that you could offer to counter anything in the real world,” he said.
But now, many QAnon supporters are facing reality, which can result in cognitive dissonance breaking them, Ambinder said – with potentially disastrous results.
Ambinder said, “Such an event is something that can set someone who is already incredibly worried in times of a terrible global pandemic, as if they were completely pushed to the edge Are, “the type of violence seen in the US Capitol two weeks ago.
Last week, Twitter said that it banned more than 70,000 accounts to promote QAnon.
But this may not be enough. People who are implicated in conspiracy theories do not listen to the official voices, Ambinder said, but they consider the voices to be authoritative in maintaining their worldview.
Even though Trump may not remain president, he and his political allies – some of whom are still serving in government – may be just a few who could pull the Ebon believers back into the real world, Ambinder According to.
“For thousands of people, who are still stranded in the QAnon alternative world and have no idea what to do,” Ambinder said, “this is when Republicans who were spreading false elections out of loyalty and will” Rumor was needed to increase that. ”