Donald Trump ramped up his outreach to believers in the QAnon conspiracy theory Thursday, posting a video full of references to the movement he sees from a Christian perspective.
The video, which was first posted on Trump’s social network TruthSocial by a QAnon believer, contains a slideshow of QAnon memes. The images indicate the beliefs of QAnon supporters that Democratic leaders worship the devil, cannibalism, and that Trump will soon execute or imprison them in Guantanamo Bay. Trump retweeted the video on his account on Thursday evening.
Trump’s promotion of the meme video is the latest move in his recent campaign to promote QAnon. The images feature Qunun’s slogans such as “Where do we go one, we all go”, and references to “The Tempest” – the moment Qunun’s believers believe Trump will imprison his enemies and begin a kind of fascist utopia. Other photos included an altered image of Trump holding a playing card with the word “Q” on it, and another showing Trump promising to confront “devil worshipers” and “little children.”
The former president has become more public about his attempts to promote the conspiracy theory in recent weeks. Earlier this month, Trump posted an illustration of himself wearing a “Q” pin. At a Trump rally in Ohio last weekend, he talked about a song that sounded identical to a pro-QAnon song called “Wwg1wga,” despite Trump’s spokesman to reject That was the song.
Trump’s new outreach to QAnon believers comes just weeks after the latest murder allegedly inspired by the movement, which the FBI has designated as a possible source of domestic terrorism. On September 11, a Michigan man killed his wife and seriously wounded his adult daughter with a rifle before she was shot by police himself. The man’s other daughter blamed the accident on her father’s belief in a law.
A Trump spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.
Trump’s new video also included references to punishing “acts of treason” illustrated by the skull logo of the superhero “The Punisher” – a favorite of QAnon believers – and an image of a book on military criminal law, alluding to QAnon’s idea that top Democrats and celebrities would face military courts.
One of the photos shows Trump protecting a crying child, an apparent reference to QAnon’s notion that Democrats are sexually torturing children and drinking their blood.
“Pain is coming!” Read the text attached to the image. “You should have stayed away from the children.”
The image includes the hashtag “Save Our Children”, a reference to the QAnon branch movement from 2020.
QAnon leaders viewed Trump’s reposting of the video Thursday as a recruiting opportunity, citing Trump’s support as evidence that QAnon conspiracy theories are real. On TruthSocial, Q supporter Lisa May Crowley wrote that Trump’s post was a “huge hat tip” for QAnon supporters and a “big middle finger for fake news.” Another prominent QAnon account described the video as evidence that “a storm is coming”.
Another pro-QAnon user on TruthSocial used Trump’s video as an opportunity to indoctrinate more key Trump supporters in the movement, writing that it was “never too late to get on board.”
“You have a lot to catch up,” they wrote. “We would like to show you as much as we can.”