QAnon flag at a Second Amendment rally in Richmond, Virginia, in 2020

QAnon[a] (/ˈkj.əˌnɒn/) is an American far-right political conspiracy theory and movement centered on false claims made by an anonymous individual or individuals, known by the name "Q", that a cabal of Satanic,[1][2][3] cannibalistic pedophiles operate a global child sex trafficking ring that conspired against the former U.S. President Donald Trump during his term in office.[2][3][4][5] Experts have described QAnon as a cult.[6]
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  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference far-right conspiracy theory was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ a b Bracewell, Lorna (January 21, 2021). "Gender, Populism, and the QAnon Conspiracy Movement". Frontiers in Sociology. Frontiers Media. 5: 615727. doi:10.3389/fsoc.2020.615727. ISSN 2297-7775. PMC 8022489. PMID 33869533. S2CID 231654586.
  3. ^ a b Crossley, James (September 2021). "The Apocalypse and Political Discourse in an Age of COVID". Journal for the Study of the New Testament. SAGE Publications. 44 (1): 93–111. doi:10.1177/0142064X211025464. ISSN 1745-5294. S2CID 237329082.
  4. ^ Kunzelman, Michael; Slevin, Colleen (February 9, 2020). "'QAnon' conspiracy theory creeps into mainstream politics". Associated Press. Retrieved April 19, 2021.
  5. ^ "QAnon: The conspiracy theory embraced by Trump, several politicians, and some American moms". Vox. October 9, 2020. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  6. ^ Description of QAnon as a cult:

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