Lusk isn’t the only Q believer seeking political office. A San Juan Capistrano, Calif., city council member recently ended a speech about the “deep state” by saying, “God bless Q.” And Erin Cruz, Republican primary candidate in California’s 36th, also believes that Q is posting accurate information, telling NBC News, “I think that the biggest thing with QAnon is there’s information coming out. And sometimes it is in line with what’s going on in government. So when you ask me, do I know what QAnon is? Yes, but what is it to everybody else? That’s the bigger thing.”
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In November, Lusk told NBC News that Q’s posts are “like an advanced news warning,” adding, “Like, it might come out in the mainstream media a week or two weeks later. So I think there’s a lot of inside sources, whoever this person is.”
Lusk told NBC he discovered QAnon through YouTube, saying he’s concerned about “globalization” and “powerful groups of people that are after world control in the West.” He doesn’t entirely subscribe to Q-related conspiracy theories like Pizzagate, though. “Do I think there’s powerful pedophiles out there? Yes,” Lusk said. “Is the ring like in the supreme control of what’s happening in globalization? No, I think they’re just like a fringe group within the power elite.”
But, he told the Times, “That being said, I do believe there is a group in Brussels, Belgium, that do eat aborted babies.”
Explaining the QAnon phenomenon, University of Miami political science professor Joseph Uscinski told the Times, “It’s more of a cult than other conspiracy theories. QAnon is not just an idea; it’s an ongoing thing that people can sort of get into and follow along with that keeps them entertained.”
President Trump has even dipped his toes in the QAnon pool, mentioning the “deep state” in tweets, retweeting supporters who refer to Q in their Twitter profile or retweeting tweets with hashtags like #FakeWhistleblower that were started by QAnon believers.
“What’s different now is that there are people in power who are spreading this conspiracy theory,” University of California, Davis history professor Kathryn Olmsted told PBS Newshour of Trump’s promotion of the theory. “Finally, there is someone saying they’re not crazy.”