QANON followers are reportedly convinced Donald Trump will become president again on March 4 — to carry on his war against the "deep state".
Believers had been left devastated after Joe Biden's inauguration confounded their predictions that Trump would remain president to combat an elite cabal of cannibalistic satanist pedophiles.
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Initially, QAnon followers were upset, with some lashing out that QAnon was a sham.
But many appear they have shaken off their despondency over the weekend and have begun to believe in "the plan" again.
Vice News reports a bizarre conspiracy theory has been gaining traction over the weekend among QAnon devotees.
It comes from the crackpot "sovereign citizen" movement who believe that in 1871 a law was secretly passed which turned the U.S. into a corporation — scrapping the American government of the founding fathers.
The group also believes President Franklin D. Roosevelt sold U.S. citizens out in 1933 when he covertly began offering citizens, rather than gold, as collateral to shadowy foreign investors.
QAnon followers are said to have now adopted and adapted the theory to suit their needs.
'TRUMP WILL BE SWORN IN MARCH'
Believers have been spreading the belief on Gab and Telegram, where most supporters have been communicating after being kicked off Twitter and Parler.
Documents have been shared regarding the 1871 act, claiming it proves that Trump will be sworn in on March 4.
The March date comes from the fact that 1933 was also the year when inaugurations were changed from March 4 to January 20 — to shorten the lame-duck period of outgoing presidents.
QAnon followers believe that Trump will become the 19th president of the original republic, and not the corporation that they believe the 1871 act created.
Travis View, a conspiracy theory researcher, told VICE News: "There was some crossover between QAnon and the sovereign citizen movement before.
"But I've seen sovereign citizen ideas about the United States being a ‘corporation’ become more popular within QAnon and beyond in January.
"It's concerning because it means QAnon is borrowing ideas from more-established extremism movements."
It comes as a respected theology expert said QAnon could develop into a religion.
Writing in the Daily Beast, professor Candida Moss said a new religion could rise from the ashes of QAnon.
The Professor of Theology at the University of Birmingham said: "Now that Biden is actually president and QAnon predictions about Trump’s continuing hold on power have failed to come to fruition, it would seem logical that they would pack up shop and admit that they were wrong.
"But if history has taught us anything it is that failed prophecies and frustrated predictions don’t always mark the beginning of the end for radical social movements."
What is QAnon?
QAnon is an unfounded conspiracy theory that claims Trump was fighting a "deep state" network of political, entertainment, business and media elites.
Dark sub-theories have spun off from these claims, some involving Satanic and pedophiles plots.
Since the election in November, QAnon followers had been promoting Biden’s inauguration as a day of reckoning, when prominent Democrats and other elite would be arrested and executed on the orders of President Trump.
Yet as Biden took his oath and no one was arrested.
Many followers have been struggling with the new reality and the future of the group looks bleak.
Movements based on baseless prophecies have morphed into religions numerous times in history, Ms Moss said.
One example was a Christian movement from the 1830s called the Millerites.
This was named after New York farmer and Baptist preacher William Miller, who prophecized the Second Coming to happen in 1844.
When this failed to materialize on the first date, he said it would happen on another date — yet it didn't occur.
But the legions of distressed followers then morphed into the Seventh-day Adventist faith.
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