- Followers of QAnon believe that Trump will resume the presidency on March 4, 2021.
- Conspiracy theories are rooted in the notorious beliefs of the sovereign citizen movement.
- After being circulated on Telegram and Gam, it gained popularity among QAnon followers.
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The followers of QAnon were unable to cope with Joe Biden’s experience as president in January, and now they have adopted a new view that the next legal inauguration date will be March 4.
At the inauguration of President Joe Biden on January 20, 2021
The pro-Trump conspirators set their sights on March 4, 2021, with the help of ever-changing goal posts.
Where do conspiracy theories come from?
The belief that Trump will be sworn in on March 4 is rooted in theories advocated by the obscure sovereign citizenship movement.
The Sovereign Citizens Movement is a group of highly divided Americans who believe that taxes, dollars, and even the US government are illegal.
A few of them believed that the law did not apply to them at all, leading the FBI to designate certain members as “domestic terrorists” and “anti-government extremists.”
The central purpose of the movement was the 14th amendment approved in 1868 to transform “sovereign citizens” into “federal citizens.”
This belief even made people refute any presidency after 1868, making Ulysses S. Grant the last effective president.
These ideas are esoteric, and arguably absurd.
Michael Barkun, emeritus professor of political science at Syracuse University, told insiders: “When you start to study the thoughts of sovereign citizens, you really feel like you are in Alice in Wonderland. In the world.” “It’s like you are trapped in some kind of rabbit hole in a parallel universe.”
Some sovereign citizens also believe that a vague law of 1871 shows that the United States has become a company.
The Organic Law of the District of Columbia established a single municipal government for Washington, DC. The use of the term “merger” refers to a merged area, leading to a misinterpretation of this, meaning that the entire United States has become a company.
Travis View, a conspiracy theory expert and QAnon Anonymous podcast host, said: “Some people believe that President Biden is the executive officer of a bankrupt American company.”
Stefanie Le, deputy research director of Media Matter, told Insider that creating alternative reality based on misunderstandings of minor details in the old law is a typical practice of conspiracy organizations.
She said: “They can create detailed myths based on the smallest and least important details.”
Why is it March 4th?
Before the 20th Amendment in 1933, all presidents were sworn in on March 4.
It was introduced to shorten the “lam-foot” period between the election and the beginning of a new government.
Given that followers of the Sovereign Citizens Movement refused to accept all constitutional amendments passed after the 14th Amendment, they did not consider this date change to be legal.
QAnon’s followers failed to see Trump’s inauguration in January, but he reintroduced the argument and re-established the next legal inauguration date.
They said that Trump will take over as the last legitimate president Grant and become the 19th president on March 4, 2021.
Le told insiders: “Now, one of their most anticipated events-January 20th inauguration failed to materialize, and they are seeking explanations from other conspiracy theories.”
The view is that there is no clear logic other than blindly believing that Donald Trump is the one who saves mankind.
“Maybe we should meet again and rush into the Capitol on March 4th”
The use of conspiracy theories from other groups to contribute to specific, fictitious narratives is not unexpected.
Le said that this is QAnon’s survival method, “because their own predictions have collapsed.”
The forum of QAnon supporters is now full of discussions about March 4.
According to the researcher, according to the research of Media Matters seen by Insider, Telegram and Gab have always been in the leading position and are widely circulated on 4Chan and the right-wing forum Patriots.win. According to the Independent, the rumors also spread to TikTok.
The rumor factory on March 4 had real-world consequences.
It is worth noting that Trump’s DC Hotel has raised prices on March 3 and March 4. This is the only luxury hotel in the area that raised its room rate that night.
Fearing that violent clashes might occur, the U.S. Congress police ordered nearly 5,000 National Guards to continue to be stationed in Washington, DC on March 4.
Rep. Adam Smith, chairman of the House Armed Forces Committee, mentioned conspiracy theories at the hearing.
He said: “Some of them discovered that, apparently 75 years ago, the president took office on March 4.” “Well, why is this so important? God knows. Anyway, now they are thinking,’Maybe we should Gather again, and rushed into the Capitol on March 4th’…that was circulated on the Internet.”
A spokesperson for the HASC Democratic Party told the Insider that Smith saw the report and identified March 4 as “another turning point” for the capital.
The spokesperson said: “The role of the House Armed Forces Committee is to verify whether military personnel are used in accordance with their unified tasks and requirements.”
Will QAnon give up?
Security is also expected to be high throughout March, in anticipation of the State of the Union speeches that have not yet been scheduled.
According to the Politburo, as intelligence shows that extremists have discussed plans to attack the Capitol, the Congressional Police plan to maintain a high-altitude presence.
However, experts do not hope that the violence of the January 6th riots will repeat itself on March 4.
Bakun had previously advised the FBI on the security threats posed by extremist groups. He said that he believes that Canon’s activities have been given sufficient attention.
Views also suspect that there will be widespread violence. He told insiders: “I think the incident on January 6 frightened many Q fans.”
However, no Insider expert expressed the belief that QAnon will disappear soon. Conspiracy theory teams usually just kick the cans away to deal with incorrect predictions, which is commonplace.
Bakken told insiders: “They will build more and more complex rationalization plans, pushing the events they want to happen into the far future.”