Donald Trump on Thursday stepped up his outreach to believers in the QAnon conspiracy theory by posting a video full of references to the movement seeing him in messianic terms.
The video, first posted on Trump’s social media network TruthSocial by a QAnon believer, features a slideshow of QAnon memes. The images refer to QAnon supporters’ belief that Democratic leaders are Satan-worshipping, cannibalistic pedophiles, and that Trump will soon execute or imprison them in Guantanamo Bay. Trump reposted the video to his own account Thursday night.
Trump’s promotion of the meme video marks the latest step in his recent campaign to promote QAnon. The images feature QAnon slogans like “Where we go one, we all go”, and refer to “The Storm” – the moment when QAnon believers think Trump will imprison his enemies and usher in some sort of fascist utopia. Other photos include an edited image of Trump with a playing card with “Q” on it, and another with Trump promising to tackle the “Satanists” and “pedo”.
The former president has become more candid about his efforts to promote the conspiracy theory in recent weeks. Earlier this month, Trump posted a photo of himself with a Q-pin. At a Trump rally last weekend in Ohio, he spoke of a song that appeared to be identical to a pro-QAnon song called “Wwg1wga,” although a Trump spokesperson denied it was that song.
Trump’s new contact with QAnon believers comes just weeks after the latest assassination reportedly inspired by the move, which the FBI has classified as a potential source of domestic terrorism. On September 11, a Michigan man killed his wife and seriously injured his adult daughter with a shotgun before being fatally shot himself by police. The man’s other daughter blames the incident on her father’s belief in QAnon.
A Trump spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.
The new video posted by Trump also featured references to punishing “acts of treason,” illustrated with the skull logo of vigilante superhero “The Punisher” — a favorite for QAnon believers — and a photo from a book on military criminal justice. , a reference to the QAnon idea that top Democrats and prominent celebrities will face military tribunals.
A photo shows an image of Trump protecting a wailing child, a clear reference to the QAnon concept that Democrats sexually torture children and drink their blood.
“There will be pain!” the text accompanying the image reads. “You should have stayed away from the kids.”
The image features the hashtag “Save Our Children”, a reference to a 2020 offshoot of QAnon.
QAnon leaders saw Trump’s reposting of the video Thursday as a recruiting opportunity, citing Trump’s support as proof that QAnon conspiracy theories are real. On TruthSocial, Q booster Lisa Mei Crowley wrote that Trump’s post was a “huge hat tip” for QAnon supporters and a “big middle finger to fake news”. Another prominent QAnon account on the site described the video as proof that “the storm is coming”.
Another pro-QAnon user on TruthSocial used Trump’s video as an opportunity to indoctrinate more mainstream Trump supporters into the movement, writing that it’s “never too late to jump on board.”
“You have a lot to absorb,” they wrote. “And we would like to show you as much as possible.”