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QAnon Conspiracy Theorists Are Devastated Donald Trump Didn't Disrupt Inauguration

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QAnon Conspiracy Theorists Are Devastated Donald Trump Didn't Disrupt Inauguration

Now that Joe Biden has been officially and safely sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, it's left some conspiracy theorists scratching their heads.

Many QAnon conspiracy theorists are severely disappointed because they expected Trump to disrupt the inauguration.

Democratic candidate Joe Biden addresses the nation on election night (Credit: PA)
Democratic candidate Joe Biden addresses the nation on election night (Credit: PA)

Ahead of the big day, QAnon supporters had been communicating on the app Telegram, where they discussed the arrival of what they dubbed 'Popcorn Day' - in which they believed that Trump would expose a far-reaching child-sex-trafficking ring.

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As inauguration day went on, however, many followers of the far-right movement began to unravel as it dawned on them that the 45th President would not be carrying out their expected plans.

One user wrote in a QAnon chat: "It's over and nothing makes sense...absolutely nothing."

Another said: "He sold us out."

A third added: "OMG none of it was real.

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Even Ron Watkins, who spawned the conspiracy theory and was thought to be one of many people who post under the name 'Q', conceded shortly after Biden was sworn in that it was time for them to 'go back to our lives'.

"We gave it our all. Now we need to keep our chins up and go back to our lives as best we are able," Watkins wrote on Telegram under his online pseudonym, CodeMonkeyz.

"We have a new president sworn in and it is our responsibility as citizens to respect the Constitution regardless of whether or not we agree with the specifics or details regarding officials who are sworn in."

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In a bizarre twist, some of the hoax's followers quickly switched lanes, declaring that it was Biden who has been their saviour all along.

Speaking to NBC News, Travis View, who hosts a podcast debunking QAnon, said: "QAnon influencers who have built large audiences over the past three years continue to encourage their audiences to 'trust the plan'.

"Many rank-and-file QAnon followers are expressing anger and disillusionment."

Mike Rothschild, who published a book about conspiracy theories and tracks the QAnon conspiracy online, shared this sentiment, telling Forbes: "So far, Q believers seem to be in shock over Joe Biden actually being sworn in and becoming president.

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"This type of failure was something that most of them never allowed to penetrate their minds, so to see it happening- and them rendered powerless to stop it - is truly jarring."

Many of those who stormed the US Capitol which led to the deaths of several people were followers of QAnon.

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Topics: News, US Politics

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