The groupthink there: President Trump was not only going to win the election — he was going to win it in a landslide. Anything other than that result would be evidence of mass election fraud.
But for some Trump supporters, especially those who believe in QAnon conspiracy theories either knowingly or not, that move is meaningless. For three weeks they’ve been clinging to the idea that a miracle was coming, that Trump would emerge victorious and liberals would be left in tears. They haven’t changed their minds yet.
Dreams of a Trump landslide
QAnon had long promised Trump was going to upend the deep state. One of its first posts in 2017 claimed that Hillary Clinton was about to be arrested.
Their message to the audience: Be patient and trust Q. Everything will come true after Trump’s re-election.
Then Trump lost. Whoever “Q” is has barely posted since Election Day.
The speakers in Scottsdale can be thought of as priests of QAnon — in fact some of them were citing specific Q posts that day as if they were gospel.
That messiah has gone mostly silent since the election.
Along came Powell
Powell is no stranger to conspiracy theories. She is the lawyer to a QAnon hero — Michael Flynn, President Trump’s disgraced former national security adviser.
During it she claimed, with no evidence, a mass Democratic Party conspiracy to cheat in the election coupled with foreign interference by the ghost of Hugo Chavez, and mentions of China and George Soros thrown in for good measure.
In the days since, Powell’s baseless claims have been propelled across the internet by QAnon’s adherents. One of the people who spoke at the Arizona conference retweeted Monday a post that called Powell “our attorney doing God’s work to preserve our Republic!”
Big Tech platforms say they have cracked down, even banned, QAnon conspiracy theories — but they can still be found on all the major social media platforms.
While Powell may not have a “Q” plastered across her forehead, she and Flynn have posted messages online that QAnon followers see as signals.
One of Q’s great promises is a metaphorical “storm” that will upend the supposed “deep state” in Washington.
Powell’s Twitter profile picture is a graphic of her and Flynn with lightning striking the U.S. Capitol. She has also retweeted prominent QAnon supporters.
To QAnon followers the message is clear — Powell is on their side.