March 28, 2019

PANDERING TO HIS BASE:

How Q-Anon Hijacked the White House Petition Site to Push the Next Pizzagate (TONYA RILEY, MARCH 28, 2019, Mother Jones)

Visitors seeking the most popular entries on the White House's official online petition site will come across topics that fall within the natural political discourse, like government ethics, abortion, and net neutrality. But it takes just a few clicks to find some startling appeals, including one calling on the president to deploy troops to Los Angeles's Getty Museum of Art: 
 
"We demand that our Marine Corp be called to OCCUPY THE GETTY, access the elevator to the bunker, and immediately free our children and return them to the surface. Do not allow these monsters to use underground bunkers, under the pretense of 'continuity of Government', to rape and eat our children in honor of their Satanic beliefs."
 
If the allegation seems like the kind of harebrained theory known to circulate in social media conspiracy circles, that's because it is. But thanks to a coordinated campaign by followers of the so-called "Q-Anon" movement, a group of conspiracists who analyze anonymous posts from someone claiming to be a high government official calling himself "Q," it now also appears in the searchable index of the "We The People" petition site hosted by the Trump administration. The site features several other conspiracy-related petitions echoing--and spreading--ideas prominent in Q-Anon, as shared by believers on YouTube groups and on Facebook.

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