House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is now dishonestly claiming ignorance of QAnon, further compounding his refusal to hold Rep....talkingpointsmemo.com
A clear indication that Marjorie Taylor Greene was more than a dabbler in QAnon was her 2018 endorsement of “Frazzledrip,” one of the most grotesque tendrils of the movement’s mythology. You “have to go down a number of rabbit holes to get that far,” said Mike Rothschild, whose book about QAnon, “The Storm Is Upon Us,” comes out later this year.
The lurid fantasy of Frazzledrip refers to an imaginary video said to show Hillary Clinton and her former aide, Huma Abedin, assaulting and disfiguring a young girl, and drinking her blood. It holds that several cops saw the video, and Clinton had them killed.
Contemplating Frazzledrip, it occurred to me that QAnon is the obscene apotheosis of three decades of Clinton demonization. It’s other things as well, including a repurposed version of the old anti-Semitic blood libel, which accused Jews of using the blood of Christian children in their rituals, and a cult lusting for mass public executions. According to the F.B.I., it’s a domestic terror threat.
But QAnon is also the terminal stage of the national derangement over Clinton that began as soon as she entered public life. “It’s my belief that QAnon really took off because it was based on Hillary Clinton,” said Rothschild. “It was based specifically on something that a lot of 4chan dwellers wanted to see happen, which was Hillary Clinton arrested and sort of dragged away in chains.”
Ironically, I was just saying this earlier today - just because the supporters are idiots, they aren't ignorant [or in gamer terms, high int, low wisdom.]Very good, and chilling, article
Evernote link because paywall
ETA: I seem to recall that this book from 2019 describes the beginnings of all this
Fake news and half truths create confusion, aiding the strongman and threatening democracy, this timely study argueswww.theguardian.com