1. QAnon Started with a Post on 4chan
The first post from the internet user who is now called “Q” appeared on the message board 4chan on October 28, 2017. The user, calling himself “Clarence Q Patriot,” posted a cryptic message titled, “The Calm Before the Storm.” Referring to Hillary Clinton, the message said, “HRC extradition already in motion effective yesterday with several countries in case of cross border run. Passport approved to be flagged effective 10/30 @12:01 am. Expect massive riots organized in defiance and others fleeing the US to occur. US M’s will conduct the operation while NG activated. Proof check: Locate a NG member and ask if activated for duty 10/30 across most major cities.”
Q predicted an event which he called “The Storm,” which would unseat the deep state. Q called the event “The Storm” because of a comment the President made to reporters during a photo op with military generals. President Trump said, “You guys know what this represents? Maybe it’s the calm before the storm.” Q believes the President was signaling his alliance to break up the deep state with the generals’ help.
Q has posted over 5,000 times and often uses cryptic messages which community members try to decipher. The “Q drops,” as QAnon followers call them, moved from 4chan to 8chan before finally using the message board 8kun. When he posts, Q uses “tripcode,” which is a series of letters and numbers that show he is the one who is posting.
While many have sought the identity of Q and several theories have emerged, no one has been confirmed to be the author of Q’s posts.
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