Tag: QAnon

They Rented an RV to the QAnon Queen, Who Abandoned It and Left It Damaged and Full of Sardines

Romana Didulo, the QAnon Queen of Canada, driving one of her RVs. Photo via Telegram.  Vicki LeBlanc had no idea that when she and her husband decided to rent out her RV to a woman they met over Facebook they would be sucked into the vortex of a QAnon cult leader who would leave their vehicle trashed […]

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QAnon Is Not Very Happy With Trump’s 2024 Announcement

Former President Donald Trump announced on November 15, 2022 that he was running for president in 2024. (Eva Marie Uzcategui / Bloomberg via Getty Images) Donald Trump, the twice-impeached former president who tried to overturn the 2020 elections and inspired the violent attack on the Capitol after he lost, tried his best to woo the […]

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QAnon Lost the Midterms

Arizona Secretary of State candidate Mark Finchem participates in a border security roundtable with law enforcement officials at the Cochise County Sheriffs Office on November 04, 2022 in Sierra Vista, Arizona. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images) For QAnon supporters and candidates, the midterm elections were meant to be the harbinger of the Storm, the long awaited moment […]

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Election Deniers Got Thrashed in the Midterm Elections

A billboard for Nevada Republican secretary of state candidate Jim Marchant is attached to a fence beside an advertisement for a gun shop on November 5, 2022 in Pahrump, Nevada. (Photo by Mario Tama / Getty Images) Republicans nominated a cadre of far-right conspiracy theorists to try to take over the offices that run elections […]

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How the Right Became the Left and the Left Became the Right

On the surface, this is not a partisan story: The Intercept is a left-wing publication, and the current version of the D.H.S. anti-disinformation effort got started in the Trump administration. But everyone understands those efforts’ current ideological valence. The war on disinformation is a crucial Democratic cause, the key lawsuit filed against the Biden administration […]

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GOP Candidate Said Elites Drink Blood, Sell ‘Baby Body Parts’ After Abortion

Kristina Karamo, who is running for Michigan Republican Party’s nomination for secretary of state, speaks at a rally hosted by former President Donald Trump on April 2, 2022 near Washington, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images) Kristina Karamo, the Trump-backed GOP candidate for Michigan secretary of state, once expressed support in 2020 for one […]

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In California, Democrats Square Off in Fierce 2022 Warfare

LOS ANGELES — The mailers and online ads vividly paint David Kim as a right-wing extremist, accusing him of running for a House seat in California “with QAnon-MAGA support” from “QAnon Republicans.” But Mr. Kim is not a Republican. He’s a progressive Democrat who supports “Medicare for all” and a Green New Deal. And the […]

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Nancy Pelosi, Vilified by G.O.P. for Years, Is a Top Target of Threats

“How did he get to that point?” said Mona Lena Krook, a professor of political science at Rutgers University who began studying violence against women in politics in 2014, referring to the suspect. “This has to do with things that he sees in the media, things he sees on social media, the people he socializes […]

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Racists Rejoiced When Elon Musk Officially Acquired Twitter. What Does This Mean For The Rest Of Its Users?

Racists Rejoiced When Elon Musk Officially Acquired Twitter. What Does This Mean For The Rest Of Its Users? However, later that night he tweeted “the bird is freed.” Musk is expected to hold a companywide town hall Friday. Twitter may also become private on Friday, eroding its current board of directors and stopping public trading […]

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Why Republicans Are Ignoring Extremism in the Military

Men in military gear were among the thousands who flocked to the Capitol in Richmond, Virginia, for a rally in support of gun rights, Jan. 20, 2020. (Still from VICE News’ “American Terror” video) This content comes from the latest installment of our weekly Breaking the Vote newsletter out of VICE News’ D.C. bureau, tracking the ongoing […]

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Ahead of Midterms, Disinformation Is Even More Intractable

On the morning of July 8, former President Donald J. Trump took to Truth Social, a social media platform he founded with people close to him, to claim that he had in fact won the 2020 presidential vote in Wisconsin, despite all evidence to the contrary. Barely 8,000 people shared that missive on Truth Social, […]

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The Growing Religious Alliance to Ban LGBTQ Books

One of the organizations leading the philistine charge is Moms for Liberty, a well-funded group using the stalking horse of “parental rights” to advocate for book banning, the elimination of Black history programs, and state-sanctioned homophobia throughout the country. Eric Trump, Senator Rand Paul, Megyn Kelly, and many other leading right-wing figures have made appearances […]

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The Problem of Marjorie Taylor Greene

Sack’s post went unnoticed. Despite Greene’s preternatural talent for attracting attention, her obscurity in the political world worked to her benefit in the early months, when her principal competition in the Sixth District’s Republican field was its former congresswoman, Karen Handel. As soon as Greene announced her campaign, she pledged her allegiance as the Trumpiest […]

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What to Expect From the Newly ‘Feistier’ Merrick Garland

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks at the swearing in for the new Bureau of Prisons Director Colette Peters at BOP headquarters on August 2, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Evelyn Hockstein-Pool/Getty Images) This content comes from the latest installment of our weekly Breaking the Vote newsletter out of VICE News’ D.C. bureau, tracking […]

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This QAnon Secretary of State Candidate Is Promising to Reinstall Trump in 2024

Jim Marchant for Secretary of State Jim Marchant, the GOP candidate for secretary of state in Nevada, appeared on stage alongside former President Donald Trump this weekend and openly boasted that he and his QAnon coalition of candidates would put Trump back in the White House in 2024. “When my coalition of secretary of state […]

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Trump’s Social Media Platform Is Now Showing Ads Targeting QAnon Believers

Former President Donald Trump speaks to the media prior to departing on Marine One in Washington, DC on September 12, 2019(Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) Former President Donald Trump’s social media platform Truth Social has become such a hive of QAnon activity that even advertisers are now trying to take advantage. A company […]

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Doxxed Doctors, Library Bomb Threats, and Attacks on Pride Centers: A Week in Escalating Anti-LGBTQ Violence

Last week, Carlson repeatedly defended the Twitter account Libs of TikTok, which, along with right-wing pundit Matt Walsh, spent this week cherry-picking informational content about gender-affirming care from hospital websites. This built a self-perpetuating news cycle that seemingly crested with victory laps, when, after the harassment that followed, the hospitals removed the content, perhaps in hopes […]

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Doxxed Doctors, Library Bomb Threats, and Attacks on Pride Centers: A Week in Escalating Anti-LGBT Violence

Last week, Carlson repeatedly defended the Twitter account Libs of TikTok, which, along with right-wing pundit Matt Walsh, spent this week cherry-picking informational content about gender-affirming care from hospital websites. This built a self-perpetuating news cycle which seemingly crested with their victory laps, when, after the harassment which followed, the hospitals removed the content, perhaps […]

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Wheel Of Fortune Under Fire For Televising Racist Puzzle

Wheel Of Fortune Under Fire For Televising Racist Puzzle Advertisement This is the latest controversy to follow host Pat Sajak. Earlier this month, a photo came to light of him alongside Right Side Broadcasting Network personality Bryan Glenn and Georgia representative Marjorie Taylor Greene. The picture was shared on the Twitter account PatriotTakes, which according […]

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Trump’s Heartless QAnon Embrace

The title of the Reddit post this month seemed almost too shocking to be true: “My Qdad snapped and killed my family this morning.” The post — by Rebecca Lanis, a 21-year-old from Michigan — was on a forum dedicated to people who’ve lost loved ones to QAnon, the sprawling conspiracy cult that imagines that […]

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Oh Great, Now ‘The Simpsons’ Has Somehow Wound Up Sucked Into The Orbit Of QAnon Nonsense In Germany

The world has been living with QAnon nonsense for five long years — the inevitable by-product of America electing a president who crafts his own facts while calling those that contradict him “fake news.” It might somehow be getting worse: The elaborate and deranged conspiracy theory/far right political movement has recently found a new cheerleader […]

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Donald Trump Is More Deranged Than Ever

But even this was just part of the build-up to what ended up being a full QAnon passion play, as the rally culminated with Trump fulminating—reciting a series of grievances over swelling strings. His followers, commanded to raise their fingers in salute, did so—resulting in a scene that looked like it was freshly plucked from […]

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Food Supply Disruption Is Another Front for Russian Falsehoods

When the Dutch government announced plans in June to reduce certain greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 70 percent, farmers erupted in protest, saying the move would in effect, force them out of business. They clogged traffic on highways with their tractors, dumped manure in the streets and set bales of hay on fire. […]

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Trump Rally Plays Music Resembling QAnon Song, and Crowds React

Former President Donald J. Trump appeared to more fully embrace QAnon on Saturday, playing a song at a political rally in Ohio that prompted attendees to respond with a salute in reference to the cultlike conspiracy theory’s theme song. While speaking in Youngstown in support of J.D. Vance, whom he has endorsed as Ohio’s Republican […]

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Is This When Democrats Finally Learn How to Message?

Add to that the concurring opinion of Clarence Thomas, who wrote that the court “should reconsider” other decisions—including the decriminalization of same-sex relationships; the right to gay marriage; and 1965’s Griswold v. Connecticut, which held that married couples have a right to contraception. The two major parties “do not operate as simple mirror images,” the […]

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QAnon Is Losing It Over the Queen’s Death

Queen Elizabeth II smiles during a visit to officially open the new building at Thames Hospice on July 15, 2022 in Maidenhead, England. (Photo by Kirsty O’Connor-WPA Pool / Getty Images) Despite spending years claiming she’d already been executed, QAnon on Thursday openly celebrated the news of Queen Elizabeth’s death.  “May she burn in hell […]

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QAnon Goes to Washington, Again

Back in 2020, when QAnon candidates first came to national prominence, someone like Greene seemed like a long shot, let alone someone who would move to the forefront of the Republican Party. Not long after she won her election that November, messages from the person or persons who make up the Q of QAnon ceased, […]

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Conspiracy Theorists on TikTok Are Saying Anne Heche Was Murdered: ‘She Knew Too Much!!!’

Anne Heche at the Directors Guild of America Awards in Beverly Hills, California, in March 2022. Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic  In a script that’s becoming unpleasantly familiar, conspiracy theorists have seized upon actor Anne Heche’s tragic death, claiming she didn’t die from a car crash but rather was murdered. Heche was taken off life support and […]

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QAnon Candidates Aren’t Thriving, but Some of Their Ideas Are

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — Pamphlets, buttons and American flags cluttered booth after booth for political candidates at a conference center in Prescott, Ariz., this month. But the table for Ron Watkins, a Republican candidate for Congress who rose to fame for his ties to the QAnon conspiracy theory, sat empty. “I thought it started at 11:30,” […]

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