They’re often featured in news reports Wear a capital Q on their t-shirts, flags, or posters These are members of the QAnon conspiracy theory January and participated in several anti-mask and anti-lockdown protests in various state capitals

QAnon is an online conspiracy theory with followers who believe there is a battle going on between former President Donald Trump and a satanic-dominated deep state that appears to control the government

“They believe this deep state is child trafficking and eating the children to cover up their crimes,” said Joseph Uscinski, an associate professor of political science at the University of Miami who has studied conspiracy theories for the past decade started in 2017 after an anonymous leader, codenamed Q, posted clues online that people could follow

Although the group seems to have an ever-present presence in the media, with a number of stories suggesting it is growing, the number of people who believe this theory is relatively small, Uscinski said in a poll he conducted in October under 2000 registered voters only 6 out of 8 percent were believers

“The news pretty much goes about it because it’s flashy and crazy, and takes into account these people’s fears about misinformation and conspiracy theories,” Uscinski


A notice received by followers states that Trump was released on Jan. Others believe Trump will be sworn in as real President on March 20, 2021 March will return to power The US Capitol Police are preparing for another attack on the building Thursday after receiving reports from extremist groups

“They’re changing the date,” Uscinski said. “The QAnon Movement Is Based on Prophecies That Always Fail For years, supporters of the conspiracy believed that Hillary Clinton and other members of the Deep State would be arrested and taken to the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center >
Uscinski’s poll suggests conspiracy theorists have “unsavory personality traits” like narcissism and will likely admit they share fake news, Uscinski


But others conclude that while believers in conspiracy theories may seem extreme, they are no different from the rest of us

“These people are not necessarily abnormal or crazy,” said Debra Lieberman, associate professor of psychology, “Calling them abnormal and crazy might be considered hypocritical”

“We all have a psychology to adopting a coalition and adopting that coalition’s beliefs,” she said. Think about religions, she explained, each one follows different dogmas and beliefs. Often times the beliefs can seem fantastic, “like someone would reborn and brought back to life ”

Each coalition pushes its own agenda and believes its doctrine is superior to others, she said

Experts agree that QAnon does not appear to be a cult In fact, they do not blindly follow a leader and do not live in communities

“I think QAnon would fit a group of people who share similar beliefs and attitudes about a particular subject or subjects,” said Alex Piquero, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology

“If the goal is to tell them they’re wrong, you won’t succeed,” Lieberman said. Like cult members, they must want to leave the group in their own time, she added,

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