C.The group of QAnon spirits theorists hit a bizarre milestone on Tuesday, when its supporters reunited for what they believed would be the return of the late JFK junior – who, according to them, would have raced on an imagined 2024 ticket with the former. President Donald Trump.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy Junior’s plane was pulled out of the Atlantic Ocean more than 22 years ago in an accident that killed him, his wife Carolyn and his sister-in-law, Lauren Bessette.
For some QAnon true believers, however, the son of the 35th president of the United States has not only survived the tragedy but is ready to make a dramatic return to public life.
A bizarre theory has emerged that suggests the incident was just a ploy to fake his death and that he will resurface – perhaps as early as next month – to join a reinstated president. Donald Trump as its vice president.
And those devotees gathered on Tuesday for what they expected would be a dramatic revelation at Dallas’ AT&T Discovery Plaza – but it was actually more of a wet squib. When JFK junior obviously failed to make an appearance, people in the crowd suggested he would make an appearance at a Rolling Stones concert later that day.
Of course, he didn’t attend that event either.
But that hasn’t stopped people from speculating that the late Kennedy is still alive.
A viral video even showed a middle-aged man who some QAnon devotees claim is JFK Jr himself.
The theory is strange even by the standards of QAnon, which claims that Democrats and Hollywood celebrities are involved in a secret cannibal cult that Donald Trump is secretly fighting against, a theory set forth in cryptic Internet messages by a mysterious figure like a prophet known as Q. And while only a fraction seem to believe JFK Jr’s angle, experts say it’s still detrimental to their relationships and understanding of reality.
QAnon supporters gather in hope JFK Jnr. returns from the dead
Will Sommer, author of the next book Trust the plan: the rise of QAnon and the conspiracy that reshaped America and a longtime observer of conspiracy theory, estimates that about 20% of Q’s followers believe in the re-emergence of JFK Jr, but that those who do, “100% believe”.
“QAnon itself is obviously quite dangerous. It is difficult to say whether the people who believe in JFK Jr [conspiracy] they are more dangerous than QAnon people who don’t, “he said The independent.
“Part of the problem, just like with any QAnon belief, is that it’s so bizarre that it alienates people from their friends and family.”
But how did “John John” – poignantly pictured greeting the coffin of his murdered father at the age of three – get drawn into such an outlandish fantasy?
The story goes that after faking his death, Kennedy returned two decades later to help Trump drain the swamp. It initially appeared as Q itself (or close to Q) with the “Q drops” of cryptic information. Then, it was supposed to be revealed in 2019, to replace Mike Pence on the 2020 president’s re-election ticket, or perhaps the 2021 “reinstatement” (presumably slated for August 13 – although there is no mechanism to reinstate a former president), or perhaps the 2024 campaign.
The timeline kept changing with each passing milestone.
Meanwhile, according to tradition, Kennedy went into hiding, disguised as a middle-aged financial services manager, wearing the Pittsburgh fedora, named Vincent Fusca.
JFK Jr started trending on Twitter after the comedy duo The good liars noted Fusca at the conservative CPAC conference in July in a video that went viral with 14,000 likes and 2,000 retweets.
“Are you JFK Jr? Yes or no? How did you survive the plane crash? Or what did he fake? Wink twice if you’re JFK Jr, “the couple asked him.
Their target, apparently no more than 6 feet tall, and wearing a pro-Trump T-shirt that said “We want you back sir, we miss you Mr. President,” replied, “I don’t know who you are friend – oh, he’s filming, we must go on “.
Mr. Fusca did not immediately reply to The Independents interview request. But it’s unclear who the real Vincent Fusca is as several Twitter accounts invoke the name of the man some believe to be a reincarnated JFK Jr.
A Twitter account @vincent_fusca with 134,000 followers, tweeted in the early hours of January 7 – the day after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol to try to prevent Joe Biden’s victory from being certified – a mysterious poem with lines like ” Surrounded by the Truth you see them attack / Do they eternally want intact freedom? … Soon you will be shown the republic in which we emancipate ourselves. “
Another account, @Vincent__Fusca, describes himself as a loving husband, father, patriot and Trump supporter with an everlasting love for the United States.
Yet another is called “VINCENT FUSCA IS OFFICIALLY BACK“He hasn’t fully tweeted since Joe Biden won the election in November, but he preaches his own resurrection:” My return was scheduled for 7/20/20 – Date has been brought forward; VINCE FUSCA IS BACK – JFK JR IT HAS RISEN!”
The theory appears to have emerged from a Q fall in April 2018 that reemerges a pre-Q era theory in which JFK Jr’s 1999 plane crash was orchestrated by the Clintons, presumably to prevent him from running for the seat at the New York Senate later won by Hillary Clinton.
Daily News reporter Joel Siegel wrote four days after Kennedy’s death that two friends confirmed the “best-kept” secrets in politics that he was looking for the place.
“The idea became moot once First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton signaled her interest in running, but the two friends said they expected the slain president’s son would eventually jump into politics as a candidate,” he said. told the story.
“The second friend called Kennedy’s interest ‘pretty serious,’ adding, ‘I think he was intrigued by the idea … Would he eventually decide to give it a try? I do not know. But clearly he was thinking about it. He talked about it with some people. Then the Hillary thing ended pretty quickly. “
Writing for The Daily Beast, Mr Sommer has been following the evolution of that shifting pre-Q conspiracy, into a Q conspiracy, since it surfaced on message boards 4 and 8Chan around October 2017.
In the summer of that year, a new poster that went simply for “R”, later dubbed Ranon, linked the existing conspiracy that Kennedy faked his death by saying he did it to become Q so he could help. his friend, Donald Trump, to become president.
The alleged evidence: Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16, the 19th anniversary of Kennedy’s fatal plane crash.
Mr. Sommer states that for many QAnon believers, this theory is a step too far.
“There’s this fun dynamic in QAnon with both JFK Jr and other things where they say, ‘Oh, I think the world’s elites drink baby blood and all that stuff, but’ WOAH JFK Jr, that’s the crazy’.
“I think it’s so farcical on his face that they’re a little embarrassed by it, if someone comes out and says that I think the world elites sometimes abuse their power to abuse children – it doesn’t seem that crazy. If someone were to come out and say, ‘I think JFK Jr was still alive’, then yeah, they find it embarrassing. “
Rolling Stone Writer EJ Dickson continued to pull the thread and found the idea gained popularity after George W. Bush’s campaign staff became investigative reporter Liz Crokin, formerly of The Chicago Tribune Other National investigator, began tweeting and talking about the theory in 2018.
“Right after I shared this on Twitter there was a hit piece written about me and I’m thinking, it’s really crazy, it’s so bizarre, I just tweeted a theory that wasn’t even mine, and I said it’s interesting and the next thing there is a hit piece about me, which insults me … so that got me thinking, there is something to that, “he said in a YouTube interview.
“The way Q talks about JFK Sr in the posts, it’s with such love and passion, it makes me think he’s someone close to him. To me, if JFK Jr faked his death and was alive, it would make sense that he was Q. “
More evidence came in the form of an (unverified) quotation from Kennedy published in his George revised just a month before his death.
He said: “If my dear friend Donald Trump decided to sacrifice his fabulous billionaire lifestyle to become president, he would be an unstoppable force for supreme justice that both Democrats and Republicans would celebrate.”
The two were friends, and the photo of them together used in the post was real, from a New York Knicks game in March 1999, three months before the June 1999 issue the quote was said to have come from. The closest quote to Poynter Institute’s PolitiFact fact-checkers found came from a story in The New York Post in November 2016 by Michael Berman, co-founder of George magazine, when Trump and Kennedy chatted in Mar-a-Lago.
“As was often the case with Kennedy at his events, soon there was talk of whether he could imagine himself running for president. Trying to deflect presidential chatter, Kennedy noted that the Trump estate was far more glamorous than a Kennedy family complex a few miles away. “I think you should ask Donald these questions,” Kennedy said, according to Berman. ‘It would clearly have the most extravagant winter in the White House.’ “
Kennedy crashed the Piper Saratoga plane he was flying – with his wife and sister-in-law as passengers – in the Atlantic near Martha’s Vineyard on July 16, 1999. Their bodies were found five days later. The latest tragedy to a family apparently haunted by bad luck went around the world.
For his alleged return to a July 4, 2019 rally, some supporters wore JFK Jr. masks.
Others carried Trump JFK Jr 2020 flags or wore his image on their shirts, shouting “He’s alive.” Mr. Sommer says supporters cheer and interact with Mr. Fusca when they see him and ask if he’s really JFK Jr.
“His whole problem is that he’s very cryptic about it. He obviously knows what’s going on, but he doesn’t comment on it, ”says Mr. Sommer.
“Talk about Q and things like that. But when I say, I want to talk about how people think you are JFK Jr, he doesn’t. “
Spotting Mr. Fusca against the backdrop of MAGA rallies and GOP events has become a popular sport for some QAnon followers.
He was seen at Trump’s rally in Ohio on June 26 this year, according to The patriot takes, and before that he was seen at the CPAC in July. He was also seen at the CPAC two years ago in this Reddit post, “JFK Jr spotted at CPAC…. Hillary’s arrest must be imminent. “
In February CPAC, could be seen behind former housing secretary Ben Carson, giving a double thumbs up, as if to say “trust the plan.”