November 16, 2022

All the QAnon cultists and far-right loonies we saw at Donald Trump's 2024 campaign launch

A cornucopia of far-right fringe groups gathered outside Mar-a-Lago last Tuesday, while inside Donald Trump announced his intention to once again run for president in 2024.

Among the crowd of Trump supporters who couldn’t get in to the event were un-uniformed Proud Boys and supporters of QAnon, the conspiracy theory that believes Trump is somehow fighting a secret war against an underground celebrity-run pedophile sex ring, despite his public friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.

Maybe their support makes some sense; hours before his “big announcement,” the former president shared a QAnon-inspired “demon god” conspiracy theory to his Truth Social social media account.

Also in attendance were members of Nick Fuentes’ Christian nationalist movement America First, known as “groypers.”

According to the Anti-Defamation League, groypers are considered a white supremacist group, though Fuentes carefully distances himself from the phrase. Fuentes says he prefers the term “Christian conservatives,” who oppose things like immigration (both undocumented and legal), globalism, gay and transgender rights, feminism and Jewish people. Recently, Fuentes praised Kanye West’s anti-Semitic comments and shared a post on his Telegram account from a Nazi group attacking critics of West’s rants, saying in the caption, “The Jew cries out as it strikes you.”

Maurice Symonette, who goes by “Michael the Black Man,” was also there, along with other members of his “Blacks for Trump” group. Symonette regularly pushes anti-Semitic and racist conspiracy theories, and has been a regular fixture at any Trump-related event.

This story originally appeared at Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.
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All the QAnon cultists and far-right loonies we saw at Donald Trump's 2024 campaign launch
Dave Decker
All the QAnon cultists and far-right loonies we saw at Donald Trump's 2024 campaign launch
Dave Decker
All the QAnon cultists and far-right loonies we saw at Donald Trump's 2024 campaign launch
Dave Decker
All the QAnon cultists and far-right loonies we saw at Donald Trump's 2024 campaign launch
Dave Decker
All the QAnon cultists and far-right loonies we saw at Donald Trump's 2024 campaign launch
Dave Decker
All the QAnon cultists and far-right loonies we saw at Donald Trump's 2024 campaign launch
Dave Decker
All the QAnon cultists and far-right loonies we saw at Donald Trump's 2024 campaign launch
Dave Decker
All the QAnon cultists and far-right loonies we saw at Donald Trump's 2024 campaign launch
Dave Decker
All the QAnon cultists and far-right loonies we saw at Donald Trump's 2024 campaign launch
Dave Decker
All the QAnon cultists and far-right loonies we saw at Donald Trump's 2024 campaign launch
Dave Decker