The link between Trumpland, QAnon, evangelical culture, and child-sex predators


Ben Gibson, a failed Republican congressional candidate who shared QAnon content on social media, was arrested in December on four counts of child pornography. A few months earlier, Joshua Jennings was arrested on first-degree murder charges for allegedly killing his girlfriend’s 10-month-old daughter. Investigators found that Jennings had plastered the QAnon associated #savethechildren hashtag all over his Facebook wall, interspersed with rants about killing pedophiles.

The central tenet of QAnon is that a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles controls all major institutions that must be cleansed by Donald J. Trump in a wave of purifying violence. Given that, it’s odd that the faithful are so tolerant of child sexual exploitation in Trumpland itself. Trump used to party with billionaire child sex criminal Jeffery Epstein, and in 2002 described the financier as “a terrific guy,” adding: “It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.” George Nader, high-ranking diplomatic advisor to Donald Trump and QAnon favorite General Mike Flynn, is serving 10 years in prison for child pornography and trafficking a minor for sex. Ruben Verastigui, a senior digital strategist for the Trump campaign, was arrested in early February on federal child pornography charges. Trump’s 2016 Oklahoma campaign chair and a Trump delegate from Kentucky are currently doing time for child trafficking.

4chan, a loosely moderated, anonymous imageboard dedicated to pushing the limits of free speech, will inevitably attract more than its share of unsavory characters.

QAnon’s preoccupation with child porn is a result of overlapping themes in chan culture, conspiracy culture, Evangelical culture, and parenting/wellness culture. The theory gelled in poorly moderated spaces where actual child porn and jokes about it were a fact of life.

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  1. Projection is a psychological defense mechanism in which individuals attribute characteristics they find unacceptable in themselves to another person. This explains how many ReTrumplicans are themselves “Satan-worshiping pedophiles.”

    • YES!

      Explains much about them. From their Mammon worship, to Trump’s main bogeyman being open borders (and noncitizen voting) – exactly what America had “when it was great”!

      Not that Trump ever said (or ANY journalist asked) when he meant… (Until a Black pastor in a CNN town hall late 2020!)

      I didn’t understand what the article meant by a “[recurring] Evangelical theme”, but here it is:

      “Evangelicals played a key role in fomenting a moral panic over imaginary child sex abuse in daycares in the 1980s and 1990s while overlooking sex abuse in their own churches. It’s comforting to imagine that children are abused by The Other when the reality is that most children are abused by the people closest to them.”

    • “We shall #UnleashTheNihilists.”

      May have been a forgery, but Trumptards are really trying to fulfill it.

      I think your correctly pegging them as nihilists trumps any projecting of theirs.

      They don’t REALLY care about… Anything.

      Jesus, taxes, deficits, socialism, pedophiles, trafficking, corruption… Even guns! (After Parkland, TRUMP actually said what they fantasized Obama had said: “I’m coming for your guns”.)

      I contend that the trade deficit was an even bigger Trump bogeyman than open borders in 2016.

      (And ALL media elected Trump by anointing him “Tough On Trade”.)

      But Trump, Trumptards AND the media all somehow missed that 2018 was the worst trade deficit ever… And 2019 the 2nd worst.

      Melanie’s jacket said it all:

      They don’t really care.

  2. “…a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles….that must be cleansed by Donald J. Trump….” That’s probably true, nobody wants competitors.

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