‘A Sick Cult’: Qanon Officially Condemned by House of Representatives
The bipartisan effort is sure to ruffle feathers in the conspiratorial corners of the American electorate.
For decades to come, sociologists and political science professionals will study the case of Qanon, and its impact on the American electorate.
Much of the Qanon phenomenon is still a mystery, but what is known is that an anonymous internet user claiming to be a Trump administration insider has been posting random messages online for several years. Often these messages are in the form of a question, leaving the readers to determine the true meaning behind them. In some cases, the questions have been linked to real world events, and followers of the conspiracy theory herald these as “proofs”. In other instances, such as Q’s proclamation that Hillary Clinton would be arrested years ago, the messages appear to be nothing more than speculation.
No one has come forward to claim to be Q, (save a few nuts looking for attention), and the best guess that anyone seems to have at this point is that the owner of 8Chan has somehow taken control of the account linked to Q, and may be ginning up new posts from his pig farm in Manilla.
This wild speculation has now led Congress to act, forcefully condemning the conspiracy theory and its followers.
The House overwhelmingly approved a resolution condemning QAnon, the fringe movement that promotes wide-ranging conspiracies about the U.S. government and yet has enjoyed a rising tide inside conservative politics in part because of tacit encouragement from President Trump.
The measure passed 371-18, with one GOP member voting present.
QAnon is a “collective delusion,” said House Rules Chairman Jim McGovern, D-Mass., “We all must call it what it is: a sick cult.”
The vote had bipartisan support.
The resolution was co-sponsored by three Republicans, Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Denver Riggleman of Virginia. Kinzinger has been publicly calling on political leaders, including those in his party, to more forcefully denounce the QAnon movement.
Many Republicans supported the resolution, but still some argued that Democrats were making it a political issue because it did not also call out antifa, a left-wing fringe political movement.
Users on the Q-heavy ‘conspiracy’ subreddit lamented that Congress had somehow voted against the First Amendment in this decision.
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