As the linked article says, QAnon "is a conspiracy theory that alleges President Donald Trump is working in secret to destroy a network of corrupt government officials and satanic child sex traffickers that include elite Democratic politicians, business leaders, and Hollywood figures. Supporters of the conspiracy theory get their updates from cryptic messages posted on anonymous forums by 'Q,'" . . .What is the deeper stupidity--the Qanon fantasy or its relative popularity? As wikipedia tells us: "An app called 'QDrops' which promoted the conspiracy theory . . . became the most popular paid app in the 'entertainment' section of Apple's online store in April 2018, and the tenth most popular paid app overall"! That's a glimpse of just how many credulous, gullible, hate-mongering stupefied people there are out there.
This imbecilic--and possibly Kremlin-originated--conspiracy claim has led to many equally imbecilic people targeting innocent people and getting hysterical over ordinary places. This frothing over mere places--like the Pizzagate business--will lead, of course, to violence at those places. It starts with trespass but look for gunfights and homemade bombs from dull-witted believers. Consider: "The conspiracy theory's targeting of George Soros and the Rothschild family has led Jewish-American magazine The Forward as well as The Washington Post to accuse it of containing 'striking anti-Semitic elements'"-- which may have contributed to the recent spate of anti-semitic attacks, including murders. Wikipedia further relates that "An FBI 'Intelligence Bulletin' memo ...identified QAnon-driven extremists as a domestic terrorism threat...The memo says that 'The FBI assesses these conspiracy theories very likely will emerge, spread, and evolve in the modern information marketplace, occasionally driving both groups and individual extremists to carry out criminal or violent acts." As you will read, in the last paragraph below, a mentally ill woman who was obsessed with Qanon, and encouraged by them, just tried to kidnap her son from protective custody...
And yet many Americans are stupid enough--willfully stupid, in many cases--to believe and encourage the ludicrous Qanon blarney. I predict most of them will eventually be embarrassed about that...
Now here's an Oregon congressional candidate who is STUPID ENOUGH to think that publicly espousing her belief in Qanon will get her votes.
MEANWHILE! A woman in Colorado was just arrested for trying to kidnap her own son--and was encouraged in her "rescue" attempt by Qanon. She flipped out after Colorado child welfare officials removed her son from her custody. The Washington Post reports that she "was increasingly consumed by the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon... claiming that child protective services 'has child trafficking rings'...It all culminated in Abcug's arrest in what police in Parker, Colo., have characterized as a plot to kidnap her son through a raid conducted by QAnon believers ..."
Qanon is one of the really BIG American stupidities. It's a monumental group-mind imbecility.
Oregon Congressional Candidate Places Electoral Hopes on QAnon