- Some people close to Trump are confused as to why he is suddenly leaning hard towards QAnon.
- Some sources suggested to Rolling Stone that Trump was looking for likes among his supporters.
- Other sources told the outlet that Trump was amused by the QAnon memes and images he reposted.
Allies of former President Donald Trump are baffled as to why he is leaning harder than ever in his support of QAnon — a conspiracy theory-led movement that makes baseless claims that Trump is fighting an entrenched cabal of pedophiles.
Rolling Stone spoke to several people close to Trump, some of whom expressed confusion about why the former president was suddenly so vocal about promoting QAnon-related posts.
The New York Times reported last weekend that music that sounded like a QAnon song had been played at a Trump rally in Youngstown, Ohio. During the rally, the former president’s supporters were also seen pointing their fingers at the sky in a one-finger salute, which experts say could be a nod to the movement’s slogan: “Where we go with one, go with one.” us all.”
“Fuck if I know,” an unnamed Trump ally told Rolling Stone when asked about the former president’s apparent support for the fringe group.
The outlet also spoke to other people close to the former president, some of whom theorized that Trump was seeking likes from his supporters.
“He’s said he finds some of their memes and images ‘funny’,” a source close to Trump told Rolling Stone. The same source said Trump also found it “hilarious” that the media would get “so angry” when the former president “touched the Q shit”.
Another Rolling Stone source, described as a former White House official, said Trump sometimes thought his QAnon-linked followers had “the right idea” regarding their hatred of the “deep state,” a term used in the move has been used to refer to shady, secretive networks and alliances that influence power in the highest echelons of government.
“I don’t remember his exact words, but [Trump’s response] was along the lines of “there are enough bad and sick people in Hollywood” and among the “liberal elite,” the source told Rolling Stone.
A representative at Trump’s post-presidential news agency did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Following the FBI raid on the former president’s residence in Mar-a-Lago on Aug. 8, Trump — who previously flirted with the idea of QAnon — is beginning to refer to the move much more intensely than before.
In August, Trump shared more than a dozen posts on his Truth Social account, some of which referenced QAnon and contained baseless conspiracy theories about the FBI. Other posts from the former president on Truth Social this month include: a reposted image of himself with a “Q” lapel pinalong with the slogan of the movement.
Former FBI official Frank Figliuzzi said this week that Trump’s embrace of QAnon could be “a desperate man’s last act.” Figliuzzi told Insider on Monday that Trump’s support for QAnon was an indication of “rising desperation,” which could lead to violence within the movement.