Thousands of followers of the QAnon conspiracy movement were confused after Joe Biden was sworn in. According to a plan they had relayed, the latter was to be arrested by the army on January 20.
For the QAnon, this is the great disillusionment. Contrary to what they had expected, Joe Biden was indeed sworn in yesterday, January 20, without being arrested or tried by the army. This scenario, as incredible as it is imaginary (the “plan”) was nevertheless relayed by tens of thousands of Internet users who are followers of the QAnon movement.
The latter brought together in recent weeks many pro-Trump activists, in the United States but also in France, convinced that an anonymous account (called “Q”) had been providing them with information for three years about a secret plan imagined by Donald Trump and the US military.
“Between Sunday and Monday the emergency broadcast system should be launched worldwide. All media, social networks, the internet should be cut for 10 days with the 3-hour trials running on repeat! ” wrote on January 16 a user in a French group on Facebook followed by nearly 5,000 people.
According to QAnon theories, which echo Donald Trump’s speech on the alleged electoral fraud of the last US presidential election, the military were waiting for a signal from the former president to proceed with the arrest of Joe Biden, but also many Democrats and Republicans alike, corrupt in their eyes. A huge trial was then to be organized.
Among the reasons for arrest invented from scratch by the QAnon include, in addition to the manipulation of the election results, accusations of corruption and pedophilia. On the channels of the QAnon community (especially on encrypted Telegram messaging), mentions of a “satanist pedophile” network are regular.
“We must admit defeat”
But contrary to the forecasts of the “plan”, the nomination of Joe Biden proceeded without a hitch. Causing a disappointment in some, and many questioning.
“At some point, you have to admit defeat and we lost,” admits a subscriber to the Telegram channel Quartier Libre TV, who has been taking up the QAnon theories for the past few weeks.
“Wind, unfortunately and that from the beginning, those who are at the initiative of plan Q are rubbing their hands today, they have fooled everyone and have gone into the excavations” regrets another Internet user.
If these conspiracy theories were born in the United States, with certain “stars” such as lawyer Lin Wood, they have been regularly disseminated in the French-speaking community, in particular through Quebecois Alexis Cossette-Trudel.
Several French sites, like FranceEvening (a blog that took over the brand of the old French daily), also relayed the scenarios imagined by the QAnon community.
Some QAnon media, such as DeQodeurs, are also facing a large leak from Internet users. As detailed by the journalist from World William Audureau on Twitter. Disappointed with Biden’s inauguration, many have decided to quit the retransmissions organized by the French QAnon streaming.
Melania Trump’s dress
But as the Quebec daily reminds us The duty, the non-fulfillment of the “prophecy” QAnon will probably not overcome the movement, which could on the contrary radicalize its most extreme fringes.
“We’re dealing with a plan that’s been going on for years, and the context is the military, not kids impatiently waiting for things the way they want. Don’t you understand that all of this has been planned in advance? Lin Wood even wrote it on his Telegram: let the enemy go in his defeat ”explains the administrator of the French Facebook group, who has not lost hope.
A few hours later, she will publish a photo of the dress worn by Melania Trump on January 20, the pattern of which in her eyes evokes the symbol of a secret signal sent to the military.
Other followers of the QAnon movement are trying to explain the turn of events by a hypothetical rigging of the swearing-in, or a misunderstanding of the initial theory, actually evoking a seizure of power by the military after taking office. Joe Biden.