How am I just finding out about this?

According to multiple sources, (including the Daily Beast, KNWA, the Washington Post, and Dallas News) hundreds of followers of QAnon traveled to Dallas yesterday from all over the United States to witness the arrival of former president John F. Kennedy and his son John F. Kennedy, Jr.

Look, it's not like me to point out someone's shortcomings (I have dozens of my own), but how gullible can people be?

From what I understand, there are hundreds of thousands of people in the United States that follow QAnon. According to Wikipedia, QAnon "is a far-right 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, cannibalistic pedophiles operate a global child sex trafficking ring and conspired against former president Donald Trump during his term in office."

QAnon posts cryptic messages and predictions that followers decipher and, obviously, run with. One of those deciphered cryptic messages encouraged followers of QAnon to travel to Dallas yesterday for the arrival of the Kennedys, among others.

For clarity, it appears that those who showed up in Dallas expecting to see the Kennedys and other long-deceased celebrities are part of a sub-group within the QAnon movement, and the "main" QAnon leaders say that the sub-group is trying to embarrass QAnon.

I am no mental health expert, but I must question the sanity of anyone who would follow this movement.

As you might recall, John F. Kennedy, Jr., died in 1999 after the small plane he was piloting crashed in the Atlantic Ocean. His father, President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in 1963. These people were gathered in Dallas, at Dealy Plaza where JFK was assassinated, expecting both dead men to return. Another failed prediction by QAnon.

In all fairness, until today I haven't read much about QAnon, so I have no idea how so many people were pulled into this conspiracy theory. I imagine that the tactics of QAnon parallel those of other cults and religions: promises of better times, instilling fear, painting a bleak picture for the future if faith in the movement is lost.

 

Add to those tactics the support of Russian social media users who helped to promote the movement by amplifying QAnon's posts online. I guess that when you are bombarded by the same messages over and over again, you become brainwashed.

In addition to the Kennedys, the crowd expected to see other celebrities including Robin Williams, Kobe Bryant, and Dale Earnhardt who, like the Kennedys, are among the list of dead celebrities.

What did the group do when the Kennedys failed to appear? According to the story, they "quickly pivoted to a new prediction", now saying that the pair were going to show up at a Rolling Stones concert later in the day yesterday. Then the crowd began to walk away in separate directions, leaving just a handful of disappointed, misled people standing in the rain.

As of this time, there have been no reports of the Kennedys appearing at the Rolling Stones concert, either.

It sounds like someone needs to come to the group's emotional rescue.

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