QAnon thinks something big is coming…because of a ‘Simpsons’ episode

A supporter holds a large "Q" sign while lining up to see now former President Donald Trump during his rally August 2, 2018 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.

A supporter holds up a large “Q” sign as they line up to see former President Donald Trump during his rally August 2, 2018 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Getty Images)

A conspiracy that “something big” is about to happen on Saturday, September 24 has taken hold among QAnon supporters around the world, thanks in part to an episode of The simpsons.

The plot first surfaced on German QAnon channels on Telegram earlier this month, when subscribers began streaming a video showing German lawmaker Friedrich Merz speaking to the Bundestag about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in february.

In his speech, Merz is wrong and says that everyone will remember where they were on September 24, rather than February 24, the day Russia invaded. Merz corrected himself in the official record of the Bundestagbut QAnon followers in Germany thought they spotted Merz revealing a detail of a secret plan.

Without any additional information, however, QAnon followers were unsure exactly what was going to happen on the date in question. Soon, intrepid researchers came up with a theory based on a single episode of The simpsons.

A member of a German Telegram channel pointed out that in episode 9 of season 24 (09/24, September 24, understood?) of the animated sitcom, the plot revolves around a group of preppers. In particular, the characters discuss WROL, or Without Rule of Law, which is apocalyptic jargon for the complete collapse of society after a major disaster.

The episode also features an electromagnetic pulse device, which QAnon followers believe will usher in “10 Days of Darkness” and ultimately former President Donald Trump’s return to the Oval Office.

The simpsons has a long history of accurately predicting the future, including Trump becoming president. But claiming that the creators of the show predicted the end of the day-to-day world and secretly reported that prediction using a specific episode from a specific season takes things to a whole new level.

Despite the outlandish nature of the plot — or perhaps because of it — claims about September 24th spread outside of German QAnon, eventually making their way to the United States.

The claim was shared by major QAnon accounts on Telegram, YouTube and Trump’s own Truth Social platform. One of those who shared this claim was Juan O Savin, a QAnon influencer whose real name is Wayne Willott, who has deep ties to far-right GOP candidates running for Secretary of State. mid-term in November.

To back up their wild speculations, followers pointed to other coincidences about the day, such as September 24 on the Gregorian calendar converting to September 11 on the Julian calendar. Others have pointed to it as the start of Rosh Hoshanah, the Jewish New Year, although like many claims this is incorrect as the holiday begins on the evening of September 25 this year.

Everything from nuclear armageddon and financial reset to widespread water poisoning and armed revolution has been predicted by those who tell these conspiracies to their followers.

Last weekend, one of the speakers at the Reawaken America conspiracy lecture series, where Trump’s two adult sons have spoken in the past, told the audience that “the day of revenge” was in a week, before adding: “We are going to watch it happen.

The belief that “something” is happening has become increasingly prevalent in QAnon circles in recent weeks and months, as believers lament that Trump remains out of office and President Joe Biden occupies the House. White.

“I don’t know if anything will happen on the 24th, but ‘something’ is happening…I can feel it,” a member of the QAnon-focused Great Awakening forum wrote this week, sharing a sentiment shared by many within movement.

Supporters are growing more confident that their predictions will soon come true, bolstered by Trump’s apparent support for QAnon and recent events they cite as evidence of something going on, such as the FBI’s search for Mar- a-Lago and the death of Queen Elizabeth.

But the building’s frustration fueled the violence. “Many members of the QAnon scene are frustrated that the secret plan they wanted so badly has yet to be seen in reality,” Josef Holnburger, co-director of CeMAS, a think tank that specializes in social media, told VICE News. conspiracy ideology and right-wing extremism.

In the United States alone, there has been a noticeable increase in violent activity related to QAnon conspiracies in recent weeks. Last week, a Michigan man shot and killed his wife and shot and injured his daughter after being radicalized by QAnon plots. In Pennsylvania, a gunman who had shared QAnon videos on Facebook walked into a Dairy Queen store and threatened to “kill all Democrats”.

“So some individuals are taking the plan into their own hands and threatening those they identify as enemies with death,” Holnburger said.

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