A high-profile former member of the QAnon conspiracy cult said in a column for Politico that the cult will not go away anytime soon and that it may be growing at an unprecedented rate, despite the fact that many of its leaders’ predictions have failed to come true.
According to Jitarth Jadeja, who notably went on CNN to apologize to Anderson Cooper after alleging the popular host “devoured infants,” he stopped believing in QAnon in 2019 but hasn’t completely broken free from its hold.
With the help of Politico’s Anastasiia Carrier, Jadeja claimed that, based on his experiences with QAnon, he is not shocked that members of the cult participated in the January 6th insurgency at the United States Capitol and that he believes members may grow even more violent.
“These days, QAnon isn’t getting the headlines it was after Jan. 6. I guess most of the world doesn’t pay attention to QAnon anymore unless its followers do something especially bizarre, like the recent gathering in Dallas where hundreds met in hopes of seeing John F. Kennedy Jr. alive. But from where I stand, I don’t see QAnon fading away — I see it getting stronger,” he confessed. “When I found QAnon, I didn’t just flirt with it — I fell deep. I internalized the idea that the world was run by the Cabal, a Satan-worshiping child-molesting group of liberal politicians, Hollywood moguls, billionaires, and other influential elites. I believed that Donald Trump was leading the fight against the Cabal and that there was a plan in place to defeat them.”
Jadeja delivered a grim warning about the way QAnon and its supporters are currently heading after detailing his fallout and the guilt he felt for once being a part of propagating outrageous beliefs.
The most revealing sentence is the first: “Jitarth Jadeja was already deep into conspiracy theories when he first heard of Q.”
We keep assuming that Q has massive powers to influence people, but all Q does is preach to a ready-made choir.https://t.co/aHKDXgatnX
— Joe Uscinski (@JoeUscinski) October 24, 2020
“I believe QAnon has a lot in common with doomsday cults and in the past, doomsday cults turned violent. I was not surprised when the FBI said that ‘digital soldiers’ could turn to violence, nor was I surprised by the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6. I think it’s inevitable that more real-world violence will occur in the future. Eventually, Anons will get tired of waiting for the Storm. Then, they will take the bringing of the martial law into their own hands,” he wrote.
Former QAnon believer Jitarth Jadeja says the Republican Party is now downstream from QAnon.
— Donie O’Sullivan (@donie) May 10, 2021
“I don’t see a natural endpoint to this conspiracy now,” he warned. “It has survived Q’s disappearance and Trump’s 2020 loss, which, according to the theory, was never supposed to happen. The movement is changing, though. QAnon has always been a blanket conspiracy that allowed people to bring what conspiratorial beliefs they wanted into it. Now, without Trump in the White House and Q trying to direct its flow, this inclusiveness has become more pronounced. What is left is a more decentralized movement, with an ever-growing range of beliefs, united by a shared culture of distrust toward institutions and a do-it-yourself approach to conspiracy theories.”
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