If you need any measure of just how deranged some of our fellow American citizens have become during the Trump-era, one need only look at the response that the deluded followers of “Q” have had to the Christmas morning suicide bombing in Nashville, Tennesee.
Not that one would expect anything lucid or remotely connected to reality from the QAnon cult that a cabal of Satan-worshipping Democratic pedophiles is running a global child sex-trafficking ring and plotting against a superhero-like Donald Trump who is leading the battle against these mythical creatures.
The reaction of these cult-members to the terrorist action in Nashville is equally in the realm of poorly constructed fantasy narratives.
A perusal of social media posts made by known QAnon followers proves that some people will twist reality into pretzel-like contortions in order to force plain facts into the most insane scenarios that fit their bizarro worldviews.
Take attorney Lin Wood, a Q devotee who has been one of the many lawyers who have failed to advance in the courts the equally implausible idea that the election was stolen from Donald Trump through massive voter fraud.
If you follow the logic in one of his recent tweets, congratulations, you may be a perfect candidate for matriculation in Delusional Conspiracy Theories 101.
Because my name is Lucian, I have read about Saint Lucian of Antioch. He was falsely accused of heresy.
Kyle Rittenhouse lives in Antioch, Illinois. Kyle was falsely accused of murder.
Anthony Quinn Warner is under investigation for Nashville bombing. He lives in Antioch, Tenn. pic.twitter.com/aA76xMWbH0
— Lin Wood (@LLinWood) December 27, 2020
Obviously, this course does not require Logic 101 as a prerequisite.
Was an AT&T data center in Nashville destroyed by the bomb yesterday?
Were AT&T cell or wi-fi signals which access Internet used in connection with Dominion voting machines?
Asking for a friend.
P.S. It is unlawful for voting machines to be connected to Internet.
— Lin Wood (@LLinWood) December 26, 2020
Alleged suicide bomber Anthony Quinn Warner was breathing oxygen before the blast ended his time here on this planet.
The people counting ballots in the contested swing states that Trump insists were stolen from him were also breathing oxygen.
Could that oxygen be the connection that links the bombing to electoral malfeasance?
This is the level of deep thinking and irrational paranoia that the followers of QAnon engage in while analyzing every newsworthy event.
Finding meaning in coincidence and the most tenuous of connections puts QAnon devotees in the same boat as readers of tea leaves and other supposed oracles whose validity is as worthwhile as the soaked used vegetal matter that they interpret.
At least this post admits to the possibility that the ownership of the building may simply be a coincidence.
Others were not so tentative in their proclamations about the significance of the bombing.
Some people really had to defy the obvious to make their politically dubious points.
JUST IN: Nashville bomber found inside of RV dies from COVID.
— Stew Peters (@realstewpeters) December 28, 2020
Total BS…Definitely Military-Grade Explosives intended to destroy evidence in the AT&T building.
BTW, why is AT&T conducting "the audit" and not a major CPA firm?
— "President-Elect" HL3 (@HL356876250) December 28, 2020
The attempts to link the bombing to a supposed Democratic coverup of election fraud were a recurring theme in the QAnon responses to the bombing.
And the ATT building in Nashville handles data traffic in Georgia. Was it blown up to DESTROY EVIDENCE of a Georgia / China connection?
— Bg G (@9bb2e5c43a21469) December 28, 2020
So can anyone put two and two together? Audit shows Georgia Voting System was connected to China then the ATT building that covers Georgia is blown up! Was it to cover up evidence of a Georgia/China connection????
— Bg G (@9bb2e5c43a21469) December 28, 2020
Still, it was hard to get any crazier than the folks who insisted — despite a recorded warning message broadcast to the area surrounding the RV and ample video footage showing the vehicle exploding — that the explosion was actually a missile strike, not a terrorist suicide bomber.
Because you're not. The FBI is lying. It was not a bomb, it was a missle strike. A military missle. AT&T kept Domoninion Voting machines with evidence and they also Housed the NSA spying office that allowed them to listen in on phone conversations of any American using AT&T https://t.co/g58xO2PK7b
— Brian Shelton (@bkshelton1) December 28, 2020
Fake story. It was not the RV it was a missile strike on At&t building housing the computer cooling system. Also where the got the contract to audit the voting machines
— President-elect-Conway (@ConwayEsli) December 28, 2020
Apparently, these people seem to forget that Trump is unfortunately still president until January 20th and that Joe Biden and the Democrats have no ability to call in a military strike that the Pentagon would refuse to carry out on a domestic target anyway.
With so many delusional conspiracy theorists rejecting plain facts, America will have a long road recovering from the Trump era.
It’s difficult to overcome years of substandard education for a significant percentage of the populace and the effects of years of Trump’s and Fox News’ propaganda.
The Nashville bombing proves just how dangerous it can be to have people disconnected from reality contributing to our national discourse.
With QAnon supporters too dangerous to simply ignore, concerned Americans will have to keep a close eye on their actions to prevent more potential domestic acts of terror from becoming the new normal.
Original reporting by David Edwards at RawStory.
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