I apologize if this has been addressed, but I couldn’t find it. Who erected the gallows and noose on Jan 6th? There’s no way they could claim they just got caught up in it- there was lumber and rope.
Is there any footage/photos of the gallows being built or carried to the site?
For many Americans, the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was their first meaningful exposure to QAnon – as they watched people in “Q” t-shirts and carrying “WWG1WGA” banners try to overturn a presidential election. But, for many others, the insidious conspiracy theory has for years been increasingly driving a wedge between them and friends and family members caught in its web.
Sadly, despite high profile arrests in the Capitol riot and several popular documentaries exposing the conspiracy, QAnon doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. What can you do if your friends or family have fallen prey to QAnon? What warning signs should you be looking out for? Are there ways to talk them back from the ledge?
Mia Bloom is the international security fellow at New America, a professor at Georgia State University and a member of the Evidence-Based Cybersecurity Research Group. She is the author of a number of books, including “Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terror” and “Pastels and Pedophiles: Inside the Mind of QAnon” with co-author Sophia Moskalenko. Mia’s research on QAnon is particularly focused on members of the so-called “pastel QAnon” – women who have been drawn into the conspiracy theory by a call to “save the children.” You can find Mia on Twitter at @MiaMBLoom.
Eric Flack is the chief investigative reporter for WUSA9 in Washington, D.C. He is an Emmy and Murrow-winning reporter whose stories have uncovered serious racial disparities in police stop-and-frisk policies and the wide gulf between the number of mental health calls police respond to and the crisis training (or lack thereof) they actually receive. Eric and
WUSA9 have been covering the web of conspiracy theories now known as QAnon since the early days of “Pizzagate,” when a man with an AR-15 shot up a pizza place less than a mile from the station. Eric is one of the chief reporters covering the ongoing fallout from the Capitol riot, including the dozens of rioters who have been identified as QAnon followers – among them Ashli Babbitt, the woman shot and killed while attempting to break into the Speaker’s Lobby. You can find Eric on Twitter at @EricFlackTV.
We’re here today to talk about our latest reporting on people who’ve lost loved ones to QAnon, and to answer your questions about how to respond if people you care about get caught up in it.