QAnon supporters behind pro-Tump caravans blocking roads across the country

QAnon supporters have embraced plans to disrupt roads around the United States to show their support for Trump

Harriet Alexander
Tuesday 03 November 2020 16:55
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Trump supporters harass Biden campaign bus

Believers in the conspiracy theory QAnon have backed multiple “Trump train” barricades of roads around the country, including an incident involving a Joe Biden campaign bus in Texas, according to new analysis.

In Marin County and Temecula, California; in New York, and in Louisville, Kentucky, pro-Trump groups have taken to the streets to try and block roads.

At least 18 of the listed event organizers in 14 states have openly supported QAnon on social media, HuffPost found. 

On 30 October a group of pickup trucks flying Trump flags confronted the Biden bus as it was travelling along Interstate 35, between Austin and San Antonio. A white SUV that was accompanying the bus collided with one of the Trump supporter’s trucks.

On the same day, Biden's campaign cancelled a joint event in Pflugerville with the Austin Young Democrats and Texas House Representative Sheryl Cole due to security reasons. 

Donald Trump responded on Twitter: “I LOVE TEXAS”.

When the FBI confirmed it was investigating, Mr Trump said: "In my opinion, these patriots did nothing wrong. Instead, the FBI & Justice should be investigating the terrorists, anarchists, and agitators of ANTIFA, who run around burning down our Democrat run cities and hurting our people!"

On Monday Snopes said that they had concluded supporters of QAnon - the conspiracy theory suggesting that Mr Trump has been sent to save the US from a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles, led by Hillary Clinton - were backing the blockade of the bus.

One of the Facebook groups coordinating the 30 October incident was Alamo City Trump Train, and one of the members of the group used the hashtag #OperationBlockTheBus RN,” with “RN” meaning “right now”.

The group is a hive of QAnon activity, Snopes found.

In one post a message purportedly from “Q” was posted as a screenshot, and a group member replied: “WWG1WGA,” referring to the QAnon slogan Where We Go One We Go All. 

Both the comment and reply were liked and loved by members.

One group member made a new post the day after the blockade, on 31 October, and questioned reporting that said the Trump supporters were “armed.” Members of the group then confirmed they had participated.

A group member responded: “Yep we are armed and dangerous,” including an American flag emoji with the comment. 

Another remarked: “It’s Texas. Everyone is carrying!” In the same post, a commenter noted: “Cause it’s Texas and we don’t f*** around, we are always armed!!!” 

 

 

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