Sen. Lindsey Graham warned this week that calling the so-called QAnon Shaman, Jake Angeli (a.k.a. Jacob Chansley), to testify in Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial would be a circus, while last night CNN aired footage from tonight’s QAnon conspiracy special of anchor Anderson Cooper interviewing a former QAnon believer about the extreme delusions that he accepted as true while in the mouth of madness. Just as Angeli posted YouTube videos detailing his belief that he was a psychic space warrior working for a secret U.S. military program to destroy alien spaceships from another dimension, his fellow QAnon believers have some pretty strange—but very familiar—ideas.
In the preview clip, one ex-believer apologizes to Cooper for believing that Cooper was a Satanist who consumes the blood of babies in unholy rites. He added that some of his Q colleagues believe that Cooper is a robot and not a human.
But pay close attention to how Jitarth Jadeja, an Australian who left the Q world in 2019, describes his onetime understanding of the forces behind the mysterious figurehead of the QAnon movement, Q: “I at one stage believed that QAnon was part of military intelligence, which is what he says. But on top of that, that the people behind him were actually a group of fifth-dimensional, intradimensional (sic), extraterrestrial bipedal bird aliens called blue avians.”
Angeli had cited the work of History Channel figures like former Ancient Aliens star David Wilcock and Ancient Aliens guest stars Corey Goode and Graham Hancock. Jadeja’s erstwhile beliefs are part of that same constellation, which stretches from Coast to Coast A.M. to UFO Twitter and then to QAnon and the darkest parts of the web.
When we learn, as we did from court documents today, that InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who routinely discusses aliens, demons, and Nephilim on his show, helped to organize the rally that preceded the Capitol insurrection on January 6, it is impossible to completely sever extreme History Channel-style conspiracy theories from the Q movement, or either from the real-life consequences that emerge when conspiracy theorists take their beliefs beyond cable TV and their computers.
These bad ideas give aid and comfort to America’s internal enemies, and it is beyond irresponsible to continue to broadcast hours of interdimensional alien conspiracy programming every week on several of the country’s largest cable channels, and leading streaming services, or to treat their enablers as celebrities or, in the recent case of the New Yorker, as merely “fun.”
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