The audience pulsed while more than 1,500 attendees stamped and sang “We Won’t Take It!” While the For God & Country Patriot Roundup, a QAnon-related conference in Dallas in late May, began with stories of unity and love, speakers who alluded or spoke openly about the second rebellion, including a video with the words “INSURRECT to RESURRECTION.” AND “THE ONLY WAY IS MILITARY,” and General Michael Flynn’s infamous suggestion that A Myanmar-style coup is set to take place in the United States.
Although many have questioned how QAnon will survive without its anonymous “leader” Q, the event hinted at a new phase as online conspiracy theories are transformed into personal actions and events. Similar to other efforts to overthrow the 2020 election based on false allegations of voter fraud – including recent statements by former President Trump Ohio rally and ongoing support for the Maricopa County Audit – The Patriot Review brought a new sense of urgency and motivation that speakers sought to channel into local political action. And while QAnon struggled to recruit online, the movement found new communities to target, including evangelical Christians.
Throughout the weekend, speakers advocated for local political engagement and face-to-face meetings, with a particular focus on school boards, child protection services and running for the local office. For example, when asked about the upcoming “military courts” and its annulment of elections, “Kraken, “A former Trump attorney and QAnon lawyer Sidney Powell insisted that the only plan was to participate in local politics. “No, there are no military courts,” she said. “There is no one who will magically solve this problem for us.” She then encouraged those present to get involved “in your neighborhood, in your school districts, in every part of your life to get this country back.” While QAnon supporters were politically engaged have run for local office in the past, the conference marked a formally coordinated effort.
The thrust of local activities and offline events is a crucial response to QAnon being distorted from Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and YouTube. Throughout the weekend, speakers made this removal a key narrative of oppression. Alluding to the deplatforming of QAnon supporters immediately after January 6, one speaker, “Kate Awakening,” called it “Purge” and said, “it was almost like a scene from Titanic. ”
“Gathering, this was the next inevitable step,” said Brad Getz, creator of QAnon content and another speaker. “They can censor us – you know we’ll just take it on the road then.”
Others made extreme and inaccurate comparisons with gulags. “They don’t need gulags, gas chambers and killing fields, because the technology available to them today allows them to do this by writing a line of code,” said speaker Evan Sayet. “This Jew is electronically ghettoized. They removed my vote from the Facebook community. They removed my vote from the Twitter community. I’m in Zuckerberg’s gulag – because even though it doesn’t look the same, and the method isn’t the same, the outcome, the purpose, is the same. “
Flynn, the keynote speaker, likened deplatforming to military conflict: “We have chosen from the technological titans of social media left and right … We are currently fighting for an information beach.”
Speakers and attendees also continued to speak vigorously about the fight against election fraud and mythologized the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Many called for a “revision of the Maricopa district,” a recount of votes considered very partisan, and rejected President of the GOP in the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Many present believed that this would provoke a chain reaction of similar revisions in others countries this would ultimately bring down the verified and verified results of the 2020 elections. Maricopa-style revisions he promoted Robin Vos of Wisconsin,, Steve Carra of Michigan, i Dave Argall in Pennsylvania, among others, are willing to continue to encourage this narrative and the violence associated with it.
Many attendees and speakers also shared stories of their stay at the Capitol on January 6 with pride, nostalgia and unwavering cheering.
“We know that the media, your friends, your family want to embarrass you and tell you that you did something wrong … I myself wear January 6 as an honorary badge,” she said. Couy Griffin, a New Mexico District official under investigation for Capitol violations. Calling out the slogan QAnon, Griffin exclaimed, “Because where we’re going one …” and the audience exclaimed, “Let’s all go!”