The crowd pulsed since more than 1,500 attendees printed and sang “Let’s not take it!” While the For God & Country Patriot Roundup, a QAnon-related conference in Dallas in late May, began with narratives of unity and love, speakers alluding to or speaking directly about a second insurgency, even in a video with the words. ” INSURRECTION to RESURRECTION “AND” THE ONLY FASHION AND THE MILITARY, “and General Michael Flynn is now infamously suggesting that a The style shock in Myanmar should happen in the United States.
Although many have wondered how QAnon will survive without its anonymous “leader,” Q, the event signaled a new phase when online conspiracy theories turn into actions and events in person. Similar to other efforts to overturn the 2020 election based on false allegations of election fraud — including former President Trump recently. Ohio Rally and continued support for the Maricopa County audit – the Patriot Roundup brought a new sense of urgency and motivation that speakers sought to channel into local political action. And while QAnon struggled to recruit online, the movement found new target communities, including evangelical Christians.
Throughout the weekend, speakers were encouraged for local political engagement and in-person meetings, concentrating particularly on school boards, child protection services, and running for local office. For example, when asked about future “military tribunals” and their electoral cancellation ”Kraken, ”Former Trump lawyer and QAnon’s lawyer Sidney Powell insisted that the only plan is participation in local politics. “No, there are no military tribunals underway,” he said. “There is no one who will magically solve this problem for us.” He then encouraged participants to participate “in your precinct, in your school districts, in every part of your life to take back this country.” While politically committed supporters of QAnon I’ve been to the local office in the past, the conference marked a formalized coordinated effort.
The push for local activities and offline events is a crucial response to QAnon being distorted by the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and YouTube. Throughout the weekend, speakers made these removals a key story of oppression. In allusion to the deformity of QAnon supporters shortly after Jan. 6, a speaker, “Kate Awakening,” called her “the Purge,” and said, “It was almost like the scene from Titanic. “
“We got together, that was the next inevitable step,” said Brad Getz, a QAnon content creator and other speaker. “They can censor us – you know we’ll just take it on the road then.”
Others have made extreme and inaccurate comparisons to the gulags. “They don’t need gulags, gas chambers, and killing camps because the technology available today allows them to do so by writing a line of code,” said speaker Evan Sayet. “This Jew was ghettoized electronically. They got my voice out of the Facebook community. They drove my voice out of the Twitter community. I’m in the Zuckerberg gulag – because while it doesn’t look the same, and the method isn’t the same, the result, the goal, is the same. ”
Flynn, a keynote speaker, compared deplatforming to a military conflict: “We have been chosen by the tech titans of social media right and left … We are fighting for a head of information now.”
Speakers and participants also continued to speak vigorously about the fight against electoral fraud and mythologize the January 6 Capitol attack. Many have referred to the “audit” of Maricopa County, a vote count that is considered highly partisan and has been dismissed by the GOP Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of the Maricopa Company. Many participants believed that it would produce a chain reaction of similar controls in others states which would ultimately nullify the verified and certified results of the 2020 elections. Maricopa-style audits promoted by Robin Vos in Wisconsin, Steve Carra in Michigan, and Dave Argall in Pennsylvania, among others, are ready to continue to nurture this narrative and the violence associated with it.
Many participants and speakers also shared stories of being at the Capitol on January 6 with pride, nostalgia, and invariably joy.
“We know the media, your friends, your family want to be ashamed and tell you that you did something wrong … I myself wear it on January 6 as a badge of honor,” he said. Couy Griffin, a new Mexican county official who is under investigation for violating the Capitol. Evoking QAnon’s motto, Griffin exclaimed, “Because where do we go one …” and the audience shouted, “let’s all go!”