Trump just retweeted a 'QAnon' conspiracy-theory hashtag to his 68 million followers
By: Eliza Relman Dec 27, 2019, 7:51 AM
According to Travis View, who has studied the QAnon phenomenon and written about it extensively for The Washington Post , the essence of the conspiracy theory is that
there is a worldwide cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles who rule the world, essentially, and they control everything. They control politicians, and they control the media. They control Hollywood, and they cover up their existence, essentially. And they would have continued ruling the world, were it not for the election of President Donald Trump, 
- President Donald Trump retweeted a video message on Friday morning with a hashtag referencing a fringe pro-Trump conspiracy theory known as QAnon.
- The tweet included a video of a woman praising Trump's approach to urban poverty and included the hashtag , which stands for the QAnon slogan "Where we go one, we go all."
- Followers of the conspiracy believe that, among other things, the world is run by a satanic cabal of elites and pedophiles led by Hillary Clinton and the so-called deep state who Trump will eventually expose and defeat.
- Trump has promoted dozens of QAnon conspiracy accounts, and followers of the conspiracy have shown up at his campaign rallies and appeared in his ads.
President Donald Trump retweeted a video message on Friday morning with a hashtag referencing a pro-Trump conspiracy theory known as QAnon.
The tweet, from the anonymous account @Rad123, included a video of a woman praising Trump's approach to urban poverty and included the hashtag , which stands for the QAnon slogan "Where we go one, we go all." The video originated from another pro-Trump account, @Emmy.
The QAnon theory centers on an anonymous online individual known as Q, who claims to be a government official with information about a covert plot to overthrow Trump. Followers of the conspiracy believe that, among other things, the world is run by a satanic cabal of elites and pedophiles led by Hillary Clinton and the so-called deep state, who Trump — with help from secret allies, including Robert Mueller — will eventually expose and defeat.
Earlier this year, the FBI designated QAnon a possible domestic terrorism threat. A handful of right-wing, pro-Trump celebrities, including the actress Roseanne Barr and former professional baseball player Curt Schilling, have expressed support for the conspiracy and its followers.
Q has attributed the "Where we go one, we go all" slogan to President John F. Kennedy, but it seems to have been taken from the 1996 movie "White Squall," The Daily Beast reported .
Trump has previously promoted dozens of QAnon conspiracy accounts and followers. According to a New York Times investigation published in November, Trump has retweeted at least 145 unverified accounts that have promoted conspiracy theories. Over two dozen of these accounts were later suspended by Twitter for violating the platform's rules.
The Times found that QAnon promoters frequently make their way into the president's Twitter feed through his son, Donald Trump Jr., Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, and the right-wing pundit Eric Bolling. And more than 20,000 of Trump's Twitter followers have QAnon slogans or references in their profiles.
In July, the Trump campaign released a video ad that featured multiple Trump fans with QAnon signs. And QAnon followers have shown up to Trump's campaign rallies holding signs showing their support for both the president and the conspiracy.