A mob has descended on Washington D.C. proving today that internet conspiracy theories can have violent, real-life consequences

There is a photo of the riots in the U.S. Capitol of a man in fur and full of warpaint who presides over the podium on the convention floor The man’s name is Jake Angeli and is an aspiring actor from Arizona, but he is perhaps best known as the “QAnon Shaman,” one of the most famous right-wing believers Conspiracy Theory QAnon, who regularly appears at pro-Trump rallies in full regalia, believes that an anonymous person with the highest security clearance is posting secrets about the government on the internet, including the idea that high-ranking Democrats are involved in a child trafficking ring and Trump lies in wait to arrest and execute her

The importance of the photo has not been lost by many who for decades have followed the rise of online extremism and watched with horror the bizarre threads of different narratives – adrenochrome harvest, baby food, resurrection of the president’s deceased descendants – curled up and into real ones Culminating Violence “QAnon motivated and directed the indictment for that dark day,” tweeted Travis View, cohost of the QAnon Anonymous podcast, accompanied by the photo of Angeli standing proudly over the evacuated Senate floor, shirtless and confused, biceps on a show Bowed to Triumph The New York Times reporter Kevin Roose reiterated that sentiment, pointing out that while not everyone who stormed the capital necessarily adhered to conspiracy theory, “it would be without QAnon, the politicians and partisan media outlets who Had it cynically assumed not happen the platforms that have been reinforcing it for years ”

Now the image of Angeli, a man who had previously been dismissed as a lonely wack job who clung to a crazy conspiracy theory, went viral on these very platforms because he had taken over one of the most powerful offices in the country by force and violence Last but not least, the photo was evidence (for everyone but the QAnon supporters themselves, who predictably claimed that the Pro-QAnon messages at the rally were the work of Antifa) that we were Angeli and dismissed his husband as a fringe extremist at our risk With the support of a lax security force; Platforms like Twitter and Facebook, which have been criticized for years for not taking action against conspiracy theories; and the President himself, who openly encouraged the insurrection during his speech at the pro-Trump rally on Wednesday, showed Angeli to millions of horrified Americans that it was his world – we just lived in it

Since emerging from the remnants of right-wing extremist theory Pizzagate in late 2017, QAnon has undergone a staggering evolution, in as much as some do it under a conspiracy theory, but a new religion that is partly due to the pandemic that People isolated in their homes, on social platforms’ refusal to clean up misinformation with a semblance of expediency, and on the mainstreaming of QAnon in the form of the #SaveTheChildren movement earlier this year, an anti-child trafficking hashtag quickly adopted by conspiracy theorists But it can also be attributed to President Donald Trump himself and his repeated refusal to condemn conspiracy theory to reinforce the QAnon influencers by retweeting them on social media and promoting Congressional candidates like Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has openly spoken out in favor

In the days after the election, when the results seemed increasingly unfavorable for Trump, many wondered if QAnon supporters, who believe in the idea that Trump will stay in office to destroy leftist evils, are finally disaffected But the exact opposite seems to have happened, thanks in no small part to Trump himself, who repeatedly and steadfastly campaigns for the blatantly false notion that the election was unlawful to co-opt the language of QAnon supporters who choose to Often referred to as shedding light on deeply hidden societal evils, in the face of the blinding rays of reality, right-wing extremists chose not to turn to it but continued to run into the darkness, and Trump himself played no small role in getting them to do so

After today’s events, various parties are heavily accused: the crypto-fascist extremist group the Proud Boys, whose leader was arrested on Monday; The Capitol Hill police, as correctly pointed out by many social media commentators, would likely have been much quicker to use crowd control tactics on Black Lives Matter protesters and of course the President himself, whose immediate reaction to the violent uprising was, at best, milquetoast, “Going home we love you You are very special You have seen what happens, you have seen how others are treated who are so bad and so bad I know how you feel. But go home and go home in peace, ”he told the rioters as if he were a suburban dad who gently rebuked them for not going to TP (he has since been banned from Twitter because he instigated violence and violated their guidelines)

But the real fault does not lie with any particular group or person, but with an idea; In particular, the notion that false beliefs are dismissed as toothless murmurs in shady internet echo chambers doesn’t make them so.As QAnon celebrated in these nooks and crannies for years, some media representatives felt that an open discussion about it would provide supporters with a platform and give their beliefs credibility would lend; better, they thought, just let it wither on the vine like most bad ideas on the internet do.But just because an idea is bad doesn’t mean it goes silently into the night or that it doesn’t inspire people to kidnapping their children, storming the Hoover Dam, or standing on the podium in a government building as a congressional chew in their offices.When it comes to whether we have the luxury of ignoring bad ideas like QAnon, this horse is way out of the stable out, and in this case we’re letting it run wild for so long it stomps right on the Senate floor.Trump may only have 14 days in office, but he’s issued a terrifying warning that he’s going to use his diminishing power to the best of his ability it was only a matter of time before Angeli and people like him answered the call

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