As Special Election Day nears, many are wondering how this crazy and non-conventional political phenomenon called QAnon, off-beat and strange, can manage to work its way into the pop culture, media, and societal landscape. Two candidates in the Special Election Primary in California on June 5, 2019, are hoping the neo-Nazi movement will work for them, through QAnon conspiracy theories that seem to cast doubt on US Government authorities and demonize President Donald Trump.
Irvine Police Chief David Maggard, Jr. and attorney Paul Beard both ran QAnon anti-government ads over the past several months. “Our US Government doesn’t know what’s going on here, so this is exactly what we need,” says Beard, who has been leading efforts for QAnon to be a ballot measure for many years.
Although a California law states only political parties can use state ballot initiative to raise awareness, Beard was able to carry the QAnon anti-government Prop. Q by incorporating the Q symbol into his proposal. The Q symbol is also used by the KKK, the Allied Church of Christ, and other similar groups. Beard works alongside the Indivisible Organizing Project in Alexandria, VA, which has cited QAnon as a source of support for its #DemocracyisHere anti-Trump efforts.
“QAnon is popping up in more diverse cities across the country, helping some incumbents that want to vote for Trump, others who might think that the US Government is out to get them,” Beard told ABC News.
Cities in CA, Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa, Nevada, Hawaii, and Maine have already adopted the QAnon Prop. But there is also an Indivisible leaflet circulating that suggests to voters that Prop. Q would legalize amnesty for White Supremacists, drug cartels, public corruption, and more.
The letter being circulated says, “we wanted to use QAnon in our SuperPAC for our 2018 campaign.
In early 2017, we spent over $100,000 on direct mail, TV and radio ads supporting candidates for state houses, but this QAnon influence is letting us push those messages toward congress and now even the Supreme Court.”
Soon after winning the Democratic primary to face Senator Dianne Feinstein, Andrew Janz, D-CA decided to advertise QAnon Prop. Q in the TV and online slots.
“This QAnon junkie is coming after the transgender community with the crazy letters,” Janz said after allegations that one of his letters was a fake — the spoof opened an unprecedented amount of homophobic hate mail. Janz promises a vigorous election season in Sacramento in the final months of 2019 with constant QAnon ads running as a warning to Californians.
With eight months left before the election, some leaders of QAnon believe the Q should be on the ballot in all 50 states, including some referendums and initiatives, to continue the Q movement’s surprising, growing influence.