QAnon followers believe Trump will be inaugurated as president this month

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Followers of the right wing QAnon conspiracy theory are looking forward to a couple big dates in March 2021: March 4 and 20, specifically.

QAnon believers say any day in March the former President Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President once again.

This is not true. Donald Trump will not become President of the United States this month, just weeks after Joe Biden was inaugurated.

These facts do not matter to QAnon conspiracy theorists, though.

"Some QAnon believers are keeping a broader timeline in mind, including the entire month of March," says Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab resident fellow Jared Holt, who tracks right wing extremism. "Many of the justifications for those dates stem from worn-out theories that can be traced back to the sovereign citizen movement." (The sovereign citizen movement is an extremist right wing anti-government idea that believes they are not subject to most U.S. laws.)

The central belief of the QAnon conspiracy is that Donald Trump is waging a secret war against a global Satanic trafficking ring made up of cannibals who are part of the Democratic Party and the Hollywood elite. These types of conspiracies, along with the Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump, were enough to send thousands of Trump's supporters , including many QAnon believers , down to Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6 to storm the Capitol. The falsehood that Vice President Mike Pence could overturn the election results led to violence that left at least five people dead.

A recent poll found that about 30 percent of Republicans — a significant number — believe in that core conspiracy which drives QAnon forward. Knowing what some QAnon believers are capable of, combined with the fact that it's taking over a portion of one of the U.S.'s two major political parties, it's important to keep up with what's spreading in these conspiratorial circles.

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