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QAnon’s Takeover of the Republican Party Is Virtually Complete

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"QAnon’s infiltration of the Republican Party has proceeded with frightening steadiness over the last couple years, its growing foothold marked by the arrival of conspiratorial politicians like Marjorie Taylor Greene. According to Business Insider, Ron Watkins, widely believed to be one of the authors of the Q posts that started the movement, is one of nearly 60 Q sympathizers running for Congress in the 2022 midterm elections. ...The latest exemplar of the GOP’s descent into anything-goes nuttery is Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas...she has traveled far down the QAnon rabbit hole.

Thomas’s willingness to embrace even the most wild-eyed, Big Lie–fueled theories only affirms what we already know about some of her political peers....These include lawmakers and aspiring presidential candidates in the Senate. Earlier this month, Missouri senator Josh Hawley presented a long Twitter thread charging that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson “has a pattern of letting child porn offenders off the hook” — a blaring Klaxon for QAnon adherents obsessed with child endangerment. He later repeated his criticisms on the first day of Jackson’s confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court, prompting a White House spokesman to assert that Hawley was engaging in a “QAnon-signaling smear.” Hawley’s remarks were later echoed by South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham, who, in addition to chiding Jackson for representing detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, told Jackson, “Every judge who does what you are doing is making it easier for the children to be exploited.” To cap it off, one of the Republican witnesses for the hearing was Alessandra Serano, an executive at Operation Underground Railroad, a well-funded anti-sex-trafficking organization whose vigilantism and weak relationship with reality resemble that of QAnon adherents.

The signs of the Republican slide toward full epistemic crack-up are all around us. One can see it everywhere lately, not only in the “why do you want to hurt children?”–type questions hurled by Republican senators at Jackson, but also in the revanchist anti-LGBTQ laws being introduced in Texas and Florida and in fearful talk of teachers “grooming” children on Fox News. The ginned-up moral panic, centered around the child-exploitation themes that helped give life to QAnon, is now a regular part of Republican political rhetoric."

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While a horrifying development, did anyone who watched the ascent of Trump in this shell of party not see this coming?
 

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"QAnon’s infiltration of the Republican Party has proceeded with frightening steadiness over the last couple years, its growing foothold marked by the arrival of conspiratorial politicians like Marjorie Taylor Greene. According to Business Insider, Ron Watkins, widely believed to be one of the authors of the Q posts that started the movement, is one of nearly 60 Q sympathizers running for Congress in the 2022 midterm elections. ...The latest exemplar of the GOP’s descent into anything-goes nuttery is Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas...she has traveled far down the QAnon rabbit hole.

Thomas’s willingness to embrace even the most wild-eyed, Big Lie–fueled theories only affirms what we already know about some of her political peers....These include lawmakers and aspiring presidential candidates in the Senate. Earlier this month, Missouri senator Josh Hawley presented a long Twitter thread charging that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson “has a pattern of letting child porn offenders off the hook” — a blaring Klaxon for QAnon adherents obsessed with child endangerment. He later repeated his criticisms on the first day of Jackson’s confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court, prompting a White House spokesman to assert that Hawley was engaging in a “QAnon-signaling smear.” Hawley’s remarks were later echoed by South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham, who, in addition to chiding Jackson for representing detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, told Jackson, “Every judge who does what you are doing is making it easier for the children to be exploited.” To cap it off, one of the Republican witnesses for the hearing was Alessandra Serano, an executive at Operation Underground Railroad, a well-funded anti-sex-trafficking organization whose vigilantism and weak relationship with reality resemble that of QAnon adherents.


The signs of the Republican slide toward full epistemic crack-up are all around us. One can see it everywhere lately, not only in the “why do you want to hurt children?”–type questions hurled by Republican senators at Jackson, but also in the revanchist anti-LGBTQ laws being introduced in Texas and Florida and in fearful talk of teachers “grooming” children on Fox News. The ginned-up moral panic, centered around the child-exploitation themes that helped give life to QAnon, is now a regular part of Republican political rhetoric."

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While a horrifying development, did anyone who watched the ascent of Trump in this shell of party not see this coming?

Observing the Dems lying down for this convinced me.
 

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"QAnon’s infiltration of the Republican Party has proceeded with frightening steadiness over the last couple years, its growing foothold marked by the arrival of conspiratorial politicians like Marjorie Taylor Greene. According to Business Insider, Ron Watkins, widely believed to be one of the authors of the Q posts that started the movement, is one of nearly 60 Q sympathizers running for Congress in the 2022 midterm elections. ...The latest exemplar of the GOP’s descent into anything-goes nuttery is Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas...she has traveled far down the QAnon rabbit hole.

Thomas’s willingness to embrace even the most wild-eyed, Big Lie–fueled theories only affirms what we already know about some of her political peers....These include lawmakers and aspiring presidential candidates in the Senate. Earlier this month, Missouri senator Josh Hawley presented a long Twitter thread charging that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson “has a pattern of letting child porn offenders off the hook” — a blaring Klaxon for QAnon adherents obsessed with child endangerment. He later repeated his criticisms on the first day of Jackson’s confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court, prompting a White House spokesman to assert that Hawley was engaging in a “QAnon-signaling smear.” Hawley’s remarks were later echoed by South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham, who, in addition to chiding Jackson for representing detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, told Jackson, “Every judge who does what you are doing is making it easier for the children to be exploited.” To cap it off, one of the Republican witnesses for the hearing was Alessandra Serano, an executive at Operation Underground Railroad, a well-funded anti-sex-trafficking organization whose vigilantism and weak relationship with reality resemble that of QAnon adherents.


The signs of the Republican slide toward full epistemic crack-up are all around us. One can see it everywhere lately, not only in the “why do you want to hurt children?”–type questions hurled by Republican senators at Jackson, but also in the revanchist anti-LGBTQ laws being introduced in Texas and Florida and in fearful talk of teachers “grooming” children on Fox News. The ginned-up moral panic, centered around the child-exploitation themes that helped give life to QAnon, is now a regular part of Republican political rhetoric."

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While a horrifying development, did anyone who watched the ascent of Trump in this shell of party not see this coming?
To be fair, republicans do not have a monopoly on Qnuttery. There are many on the left who think GW Bush had a hand in 9/11. Lately however, it seems you are correct in that the right are the leaders in this idiocy, even though it is a relatively small percentage.
 

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To be fair, republicans do not have a monopoly on Qnuttery. There are many on the left who think GW Bush had a hand in 9/11. Lately however, it seems you are correct in that the right are the leaders in this idiocy, even though it is a relatively small percentage.
No one has been able to pin down total qanon membership. The lowest survey I saw was 4% of Republicans. If we just use those who voted for trump, that's 3 million people. Small percentages become millions very easily.
 

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"QAnon’s infiltration of the Republican Party has proceeded with frightening steadiness over the last couple years, its growing foothold marked by the arrival of conspiratorial politicians like Marjorie Taylor Greene. According to Business Insider, Ron Watkins, widely believed to be one of the authors of the Q posts that started the movement, is one of nearly 60 Q sympathizers running for Congress in the 2022 midterm elections. ...The latest exemplar of the GOP’s descent into anything-goes nuttery is Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas...she has traveled far down the QAnon rabbit hole.

Thomas’s willingness to embrace even the most wild-eyed, Big Lie–fueled theories only affirms what we already know about some of her political peers....These include lawmakers and aspiring presidential candidates in the Senate. Earlier this month, Missouri senator Josh Hawley presented a long Twitter thread charging that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson “has a pattern of letting child porn offenders off the hook” — a blaring Klaxon for QAnon adherents obsessed with child endangerment. He later repeated his criticisms on the first day of Jackson’s confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court, prompting a White House spokesman to assert that Hawley was engaging in a “QAnon-signaling smear.” Hawley’s remarks were later echoed by South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham, who, in addition to chiding Jackson for representing detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, told Jackson, “Every judge who does what you are doing is making it easier for the children to be exploited.” To cap it off, one of the Republican witnesses for the hearing was Alessandra Serano, an executive at Operation Underground Railroad, a well-funded anti-sex-trafficking organization whose vigilantism and weak relationship with reality resemble that of QAnon adherents.


The signs of the Republican slide toward full epistemic crack-up are all around us. One can see it everywhere lately, not only in the “why do you want to hurt children?”–type questions hurled by Republican senators at Jackson, but also in the revanchist anti-LGBTQ laws being introduced in Texas and Florida and in fearful talk of teachers “grooming” children on Fox News. The ginned-up moral panic, centered around the child-exploitation themes that helped give life to QAnon, is now a regular part of Republican political rhetoric."

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While a horrifying development, did anyone who watched the ascent of Trump in this shell of party not see this coming?
Wow...the left really will bend over backwards to try and stop criticism levied against Jackson over a pattern of giving very low sentencing to child pornographers. That's just sick.
 

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"QAnon’s infiltration of the Republican Party has proceeded with frightening steadiness over the last couple years, its growing foothold marked by the arrival of conspiratorial politicians like Marjorie Taylor Greene. According to Business Insider, Ron Watkins, widely believed to be one of the authors of the Q posts that started the movement, is one of nearly 60 Q sympathizers running for Congress in the 2022 midterm elections. ...The latest exemplar of the GOP’s descent into anything-goes nuttery is Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas...she has traveled far down the QAnon rabbit hole.

Thomas’s willingness to embrace even the most wild-eyed, Big Lie–fueled theories only affirms what we already know about some of her political peers....These include lawmakers and aspiring presidential candidates in the Senate. Earlier this month, Missouri senator Josh Hawley presented a long Twitter thread charging that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson “has a pattern of letting child porn offenders off the hook” — a blaring Klaxon for QAnon adherents obsessed with child endangerment. He later repeated his criticisms on the first day of Jackson’s confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court, prompting a White House spokesman to assert that Hawley was engaging in a “QAnon-signaling smear.” Hawley’s remarks were later echoed by South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham, who, in addition to chiding Jackson for representing detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, told Jackson, “Every judge who does what you are doing is making it easier for the children to be exploited.” To cap it off, one of the Republican witnesses for the hearing was Alessandra Serano, an executive at Operation Underground Railroad, a well-funded anti-sex-trafficking organization whose vigilantism and weak relationship with reality resemble that of QAnon adherents.


The signs of the Republican slide toward full epistemic crack-up are all around us. One can see it everywhere lately, not only in the “why do you want to hurt children?”–type questions hurled by Republican senators at Jackson, but also in the revanchist anti-LGBTQ laws being introduced in Texas and Florida and in fearful talk of teachers “grooming” children on Fox News. The ginned-up moral panic, centered around the child-exploitation themes that helped give life to QAnon, is now a regular part of Republican political rhetoric."

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While a horrifying development, did anyone who watched the ascent of Trump in this shell of party not see this coming?
I had no idea that the left was this terrified of the upcoming midterms.

What's sad is that there are so many on the left that will embrace this fiction as reality, rather than doing what they should be doing, some self examination to determine where they went off the rails. Personally, I hope you all continue avoiding the elephant in the room.

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There are many on the left who think GW Bush had a hand in 9/11.

What would be 'many'? Not saying they don't exist (I think I came across a couple over the years) but as a former 9/11 Truther myself during my right-libertarian days I'd say a good 90% of Truthers were right-libertarians/paleoconservatives.
 

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That's funny. I voted for Trump, but think the Qanon thing is lunacy.
What is it? Hillary runs a kiddie porn shop out of a pizza joint somewhere?
Haha.
 

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The GOP is dead .....
 

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You know how a Trumpist's every accusation is a barely disguised confession? I truly hope all this kid stuff is the exception.
 

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What's sad is that there are so many on the left that will embrace this fiction as reality, rather than doing what they should be doing, some self examination to determine where they went off the rails. Personally, I hope you all continue avoiding the elephant in the room.

Hope that was intended with a heavy side of irony.
 

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Seems like "Qanon" is just the new version of calling someone a conspiracy theorist. The thing about "Q" bullshit is that this person or people claim EVERYTHING is a conspiracy. Everything.
 

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The GOP is dead .....
Were the democrats dead after Clinton had sex in the WH with an intern? Was the GOP dead after Nixon left in disgrace? If you think the GOP is dead you are going to be seriously disappointed this coming November.
 

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That's funny. I voted for Trump, but think the Qanon thing is lunacy.
What is it? Hillary runs a kiddie porn shop out of a pizza joint somewhere?
Haha.
on that we can agree.
 

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One can notice that Republicans never talk much about better health care, the fact that we're one of the worst countries regarding child care and time off for
family life. ...and many other important things for a civilized society. No..they worry to death about things like teaching children
actual history and life experiences plus some very few sport teams that have a trans-person on their roster.
By the way..How does a trans person on a team affect my life? Yeah, the answer is "Not a God-damn bit"
 

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I had no idea that the left was this terrified of the upcoming midterms.

What's sad is that there are so many on the left that will embrace this fiction as reality, rather than doing what they should be doing, some self examination to determine where they went off the rails. Personally, I hope you all continue avoiding the elephant in the room.

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the GOP has shown in its actions and words over the past 5 years where it stands with issues, and many are completely off the rails with the majority of Americans. I could not vote for hardly any of the party today as it stands. It is a shell of what it used to be.
 

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I'm new here so I don't know how the majority of the republicans are here but from where I was posting before the Qanon stuff was only promoted by the more extremist members. Largely ignored by the more main stream republicans.
 

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Were the democrats dead after Clinton had sex in the WH with an intern? Was the GOP dead after Nixon left in disgrace? If you think the GOP is dead you are going to be seriously disappointed this coming November.

I think he means that the GQP has completely lost its sanity. Insanity wins on the Right now.
 

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One can notice that Republicans never talk much about better health care, the fact that we're one of the worst countries regarding child care and time off for
family life. ...and many other important things for a civilized society. No..they worry to death about things that about teaching children
actual history and life experiences plus a very few sport teams that have a trans-person on their team.
By the way..How does a trans person on a team affect my life? Yeah, the answer is "Not a God-damn bit"
Rick Perry wants to tax the POOR, but now seems to be walking that back for some reason. LOL.
 

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I'm new here so I don't know how the majority of the republicans are here but from where I was posting before the Qanon stuff was only promoted by the more extremist members. Largely ignored by the more main stream republicans.

Many Republicans are anti-anti-QAnon. They won't explicitly support it, but in true cult-like fashion, they'll attack anyone who dares to criticize the QAnon nutjobs.
 

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but Trump REALLY set them off the cliffs.
yeah, the setup came for decades and then the uber crazy and evil guy came along when they were already addicted to the evil and the crazy.

in hindsight it was a pretty natural culmination of things.
 

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Were the democrats dead after Clinton had sex in the WH with an intern? Was the GOP dead after Nixon left in disgrace? If you think the GOP is dead you are going to be seriously disappointed this coming November.

They are dead as a party of ideas.
 
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