QAnon

QAnon (Q for short) is a loosely organized movement that pro- motes bizarre conspiracy theories with an extreme right-wing background. One of its defamatory narratives went viral under the hashtag ‚Pizzagate‘ during the 2016 United States presidential election cycle suggesting that Hillary Clinton is operating a child pornography ring in the basement of a pizzeria. The movement faced a significant embarrassment when one of its supporters, heavily armed, attempted to free the allegedly kidnapped children from this pizzeria that, in reality, didn‘t even have a basement.

Despite this setback, QAnon persisted. The movement demonstrated its mobilization capability in 2021 when Q supporters violently stormed the Capitol, fueled by the belief that the election had been ‚stolen‘ from their perceived savior, President Trump.