“QAnon” is the name of a tangled, pro-Trump conspiracy theory about “deep state” traitors involved in a global sex-trafficking ring. Now Marjorie Taylor Greene, a full-throated QAnon believer, is positioned to win election to the House of Representatives after winning a Republican primary in a conservative Georgia district last week.
A false conspiracy migrating from online message boards to the halls of Congress may seem shocking. But Kevin Roose, a technology columnist for The Times, isn’t surprised. “I think it was inevitable,” he told us. “QAnon is, at its heart, a right-wing activist movement. Its followers aren’t passive — they consider themselves soldiers in a digital army of ‘white hats’ that is going to take back the country, under President Trump’s leadership.” Greene is one of an estimated 53 QAnon exponents who ran for Congress this year.
QAnon has also benefited from the pandemic, which has kept many Americans indoors and online. “I think we’re probably still in the growth phase,” Kevin says. If you want to learn more about QAnon, Kevin covered it extensively in two recent episodes of the “Rabbit Hole” podcast.


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