According to members of the QAnon movement who fervently support former president Donald Trump, the inauguration we all witnessed on January 20 that officially made Joe Biden 46th President of the United States was a fake and the “real” president will be sworn into office on March 4.
Vice News reports that the March 4 date is tied to another right-wing extremist group known as the “sovereign citizen” movement:
“The latest claims being made by QAnon supporters echo those of the sovereign citizen movement, a group of people who believe they are not governed by the same laws as everyone else. That belief has led to violent confrontations with law enforcement have viewed them among the top domestic extremist threats facing the country.
“’There was some crossover between QAnon and the sovereign citizen movement before, but I’ve seen sovereign citizen ideas about the United States being a ‘corporation’ become more popular within QAnon and beyond in January,’ Travis View, a conspiracy theory researcher, told VICE News.”
QAnon believers are also convinced that governments across the globe are being run by a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles seeking to enslave the world with their ideology.
Sovereign citizens, on the other hand, believe that the United States became a corporation instead of a country in 1871, meaning they owe no allegiance to the current form government in place:
“Sovereign citizens believe that a law enacted in 1871 secretly turned the U.S. into a corporation and did away with the American government of the founding fathers. The group also believes that President Franklin D. Roosevelt sold U.S. citizens out in 1933 when he ended the gold standard and replaced it by offering citizens as collateral to a group of shadowy foreign investors.
“Sovereigns use indecipherable legal filings based on arcane texts to separate themselves from the legal entities the government has supposedly created in their name in order to sell to investors.”
Some QAnon followers are borrowing discredited arguments from sovereign citizens in order to yet again move the goalposts. They’re absurdly claiming Trump will be inaugurated on March 4, because the U.S. was “incorporated” in 1871 and all Amendments passed after that are invalid. pic.twitter.com/W0c8QqiOqu
— Travis View (@travis_view) January 24, 2021
QAnon adherents have now merged their so-called philosophy with the sovereign citizens, which could spell trouble and violence in the future, especially when their predictions don’t become reality:
“QAnon followers believe that Trump will become the president of the original republic, and not the corporation that they believe the 1871 act created.”
The larger question is what can be done about a delusional, sometimes violent group of extremists who refuse to accept fact and choose to live in their own version of reality. For now, all we can do is wait and see what happens after March 4 arrives and Trump is still an ex-president:
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