Storm in a Q-cup: QAnon in crisis as day of reckoning fails to ...

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Storm in a Q-cup: QAnon in crisis as day of reckoning fails to materialise

Pro-Trump cult had believed US election results would be violently overturned on January 20

Hannah Murphy and Siddharth Venkataramakrishnan

QAnon adherents called it “the storm”. At midday on Wednesday, there were supposed to be blackouts across the US, military tribunals led by Donald Trump and the mass execution of Democrats in the streets.

It did not happen. Instead, Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th US president and the day of reckoning anticipated by the pro-Trump conspiracy cult failed to materialise, dismaying the faithful.

“QAnon believers invested all their remaining hopes in false beliefs that Trump would take action, validating their theories before or during inauguration,” said Jared Holt, a research fellow focused on extremism at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab. “For some followers, watching Biden and Vice-president Kamala Harris sworn into office was a breaking point in their beliefs.” ..

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