A former QAnon member who bailed from the group described it as “a community of people that radicalizes them into a world view, that just essentially detaches them from reality.” He has felt shame for his feelings while a member; i.e., the happiness of seeing Hillary Clinton dragged in front of a military tribunal, even though she’s a civilian.”
Republican leadership mostly dodges questions about their connection to QAnon. On Fox, RNC chair Ronna McDaniel said the movement had nothing to do with the election despite DDT’s endorsement of the group at last week’s town hall and his retweeting its conspiracy theory about President Obama killing the entire Navy Seal Team 6 after he ordered them to fake the death of Osama bin Laden.
Many of the conspiracies come from the anti-Jewish pamphlet, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, myths collected and published in 1902. The book was used as a basis for Adolf Hitler’s takeover and the Holocaust; the Nazi children’s version of the Protocols was required reading in every German primary school. Its message of racism and anti-LGBTQ people was communicated by Henry Ford, Father Coughlin, and the KKK.
QAnon follows the pattern of rational people following irrational conspiracy theory by being in groups, responding to terror, blaming scapegoats for misfortunes, and believing narcissistic demagogues will rescue them. Current situations being to resemble those of Europe in the 1930s including the growth of fascism and totalitarianism. Only World War II stopped those movements in democratic societies—until now with the rapidly growing neo-Nazi “QAon” movement using Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda to attack “globalists” and their allies.
In How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them, Jason Stanley, Yale philosopher and scholar of propaganda, wrote about DDT building a cult of personality within the GOP and moved the U.S. toward authoritarianism.
“Fascism is a cult of the leader who promises national restoration in the face of supposed threats by leftist radicals, minorities and immigrants. He promises only he can save us.”