Tag: Qanon

How the Sovereign Citizen Movement Convinces Desperate Parents to Ignore Laws

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. The message at the seminar was enticing: If you filed documents using peculiar language—invoking, for example, the jurisdictions of the air and water—you didn’t have to wear masks on planes. You could get pulled over for speeding and not show your driver’s […]

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QAnon Believes California Recall Election Will Somehow See Trump Reinstated

Gavin Newsom and Ron Watkins. Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images and HBO Unraveling viral disinformation and explaining where it came from, the harm it’s causing, and what we should do about it. QAnon followers have turned their attention to the effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom, baselessly claiming the Democrats have deployed a “bot […]

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Capitol Rioter Known as QAnon Shaman Pleads Guilty

Jacob Chansley, a former actor and Navy sailor widely known as the QAnon Shaman, who stormed the Capitol in January in stars-and-stripes face paint and a horned fur hat, pleaded guilty on Friday to a single felony count of obstructing an official proceeding before Congress. Mr. Chansley, 34, became one of the best-known figures in […]

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Jacob Chansley, Capitol Rioter Known as QAnon Shaman, Pleads Guilty

Jacob Chansley, a former actor and Navy sailor widely known as the QAnon Shaman, who stormed the Capitol in January in stars-and-stripes face paint and a horned fur hat, pleaded guilty on Friday to a single felony count of obstructing an official proceeding before Congress. Mr. Chansley, 34, became one of the best-known figures in […]

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One of QAnon’s Most Antisemitic Influencers Is Actually a 39-Year-Old Baptist From Florida

Robert Randall Smart, via Facebook Unraveling viral disinformation and explaining where it came from, the harm it’s causing, and what we should do about it. Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. One of QAnon’s most prolific, popular, and antisemitic influencers has been revealed to be a deeply religious 39-year-old […]

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Elections Official Accused of Helping Leak Data to QAnon Leader

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell (L) and QAnon figure Ron Watkins (R) received a leak of Colorado elections data. (Photos: AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, screenshot OAN) Unraveling viral disinformation and explaining where it came from, the harm it’s causing, and what we should do about it. A Colorado election official who’s a fervent supporter of Trump’s Big […]

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Surf Instructor Claims QAnon Made Him Kill His Children, F.B.I. Says

A California surfing instructor confessed to killing his two children with a spearfishing gun after abducting them, telling investigators that his belief in the conspiracy theories known as QAnon made him do it, the authorities said on Wednesday. The father, Matthew Taylor Coleman, of Santa Barbara, drove his 2-year-old-son and 10-month-old daughter to Mexico over […]

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Michael Flynn Was Gifted an AR-15, So of Course He Threatened to Shoot Someone in Washington, D.C.

Photo: Tasos Katopodis (Getty Images) Some white men dress up to reenact wars; others dress in camouflage to hunt unsuspecting animals in their homes; the rest join the police force but some way, white men are always ready for war. Advertisement What war? Who knows, but if I were an alien who just landed on […]

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How Tucker Carlson and a Story About a Possibly Fictional Trans Person Fueled Two Weeks of Violent, Right-Wing Protests

The scene at Los Angeles’s Wi Spa on Saturday was disorienting: Anti-trans feminists carrying signs with slogans like “protect female spaces” mingled with QAnon-adherents chanting “Save our children”; men in tactical gear and pro-Trump t-shirts stood ready for battle; while elsewhere in the crowd, suspected members and friends of the Proud Boys harassed journalists. What […]

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QAnon Qaren Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Kicked Off Twitter for the 2nd Time. 3 More and She’s Banned for Good

Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, (R-Ga.), the quack who makes the other Republicans look moderately sane, was kicked off of Twitter for the second time for sending out crazy tweets about COVID-19 that violated the company’s misinformation policy. Advertisement According to NBC News, “Greene, who has compared mask mandates at the […]

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White People vs. Everybody

Supporters react as former US President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas on July 11, 2021Photo: Andy Jacobsohn (Getty Images) Although the National Football League claims to have 32 franchises—all those logos, mascots and jerseys really mean nothing. When it comes down to it, there are only two […]

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The Beef Between Lauren Boebert and AOC, Explained

Lauren BoebertImage: JASON CONNOLLY (Getty Images) Everyone loves an educated adult fight, but it’s a bit unfair when one of the said adults is the majestic and pristine Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the other is a gun-toting trash can who has been arrested more times than Kim Kardashian has been married. Advertisement For some reason, […]

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The Christian Right Is in Decline, and It’s Taking America With It

The presidency of George W. Bush may have been the high point of the modern Christian right’s influence in America. White evangelicals were the largest religious faction in the country. “They had a president who claimed to be one of their own, he had a testimony, talked in evangelical terms,” said Robert P. Jones, chief […]

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The Big Lie at the Big Box Store: Sears, Kmart Sold Shirts Proclaiming Insurrectionist Ashli Babbitt an ‘American Patriot’

In the six months since the insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, there have been countless lies told by the right wing about the events and intent of that day, but perhaps the biggest is that the shooting of Ashli Babbitt as she attempted to breach the Speaker’s Lobby […]

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Trump Just Got Even Cozier With QAnon

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Sarasota Fairgrounds on July 3, 2021 in Sarasota, Florida, United States. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Two major QAnon influencers were given official press credentials to the latest Trump rally held in Sarasota, Florida over the weekend, signaling a new level […]

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The Murky Past of Congressional Candidate Marcus Flowers

In July 2016, Flowers was living in Oklahoma with Chudinova and their two-year-old daughter. Flowers and his ex-wife, who got married about a week before their child was born, had a tumultuous relationship marked by mutual recrimination and accusations of emotional abuse and infidelity. According to claims Chudinova later made in court filings, Flowers had […]

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Federal Investigation Alleges Active-Duty Marine Was Linked to Hate Group, Plotted to Bomb DNC and Kill Black People

Photo: Glynnis Jones (Shutterstock) In recent years, we’ve seen both a rise in domestic extremism, and a disturbing amount of former and active-duty service members implicated in domestic terror plots. An active-duty Marine was discharged from the Marine Corps last year after coming under federal investigation for allegedly plotting to bomb the Democratic National Convention […]

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Confronting the Threat of QAnon

PASTELS AND PEDOPHILES Inside the Mind of QAnonBy Mia Bloom and Sophie Moskalenko A cult. A singularity. An amorphous blob. These are just a few ways researchers have described QAnon, the baseless conspiracy theory that has morphed into a movement so robust that two acolytes now hold seats in Congress and dozens — if not […]

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How to Spot a Cult

Some cults, on the other hand, try to convince followers that they can beat capitalism at its own game, as long as they possess a billionaire mentality and sell enough essential oils and diet supplements to their Facebook friends. Montell spends a sizable portion of Cultish discussing the history of multilevel marketing schemes, from early […]

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QAnon Supporters Big Mad Over Trump’s December Tour With Bill O’Reilly Because It Means He Won’t Be Reinstated as President in August

Photo: Jim McIsaac (Getty Images) For some reason, the same people who believed a Washington, D.C. pizzeria was the secret meetup for connected pedophiles also believed that former President Donald Trump would somehow be reinstated to his rightful position as king of the white supremacists as president of the United States. Advertisement Where did they […]

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Auntie Maxine to Her Haters: ‘Does the Truth Make You That Mad?’ She Wants Trump Investigated for Capitol Insurrection

Photo: J. Scott Applewhite (Getty Images) Auntie Maxine gets it. She always has. From the very beginning of Trump’s presidency she was clear that he posed a threat to democracy and as such, she had no plans of working with him. Ever. Well, after the little stunt Trump followers pulled—you know the one where they […]

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Will Christian America Withstand the Pull of QAnon?

Even if you believe that some interpretations of critical race theory have problematic, illiberal elements to them, it is hardly in danger of taking hold in the 47,000-plus congregations in the convention, which is more theologically and politically conservative than most denominations. What is ripping through many Southern Baptist churches these days — and it’s […]

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Fox News and the GOP Are Now Blaming the Capitol Riot on the FBI

Photo: ROBERTO SCHMIDT (Getty Images) I’m a simple man; I tend to believe what I see with my own eyes. It’s a crazy concept, I know, but it’s gotten me through the last 29 years just fine. Apparently, the lunatic fringe currently known as the Republican party doesn’t share that same tendency, as they have […]

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Scratches Head in BLM: Congressman Claims Capitol Police ‘Executed’ Ashli Babbitt, the White Woman Who Stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6

Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar (R)Photo: Jonathan Ernst (Getty Images) Seems like that Blue Lives Matter bullshit only applies when it comes to killing unarmed Black folks, as one congressman has gone so far as to claim that Ashli Babbitt—the woman who was shot and killed during the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6—had been […]

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NC Rep. Madison Cawthorn Hires Friend as Lead Staffer, Who Makes $127,000, Despite Having No Work Experience

Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference being held in the Hyatt Regency on February 26, 2021.Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) Conservative up-and-comer North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn, which totally sounds like a porn name, has made quite the name for himself. Even before taking office, Cawthorn was caught up in several […]

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The FBI’s New QAnon Report Is Scary as Hell

A demonstrator holds a “Q” sign outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images The FBI has warned lawmakers in Washington that QAnon followers may move from being “digital soldiers” to engaging in “real world violence.” The warning is contained in an unclassified threat […]

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My Fellow Republicans, Stop Fearing This Dangerous and Diminished Man

Many Republican leaders seem to think any all-encompassing investigation will be bad for the party. I disagree. Some prominent Republicans want to uncover the truth, as are police officers who heroically protected members of Congress and their staff on Jan. 6. Officer Brian Sicknick, who died after engaging with the Trump-inspired mob, supported Mr. Trump. […]

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