It’s no surprise the soundtrack to Trump’s rally speech in Ohio sounds a lot like a QAnon anthem

In many ways, donald trumpThis weekend’s speech in Youngstown, Ohio, was standard fare for the former president; predictably, he warned of America’s decline in a crime-riddled hellscape and lashed out at the media, hunter Biden, the FBI and the Department of Justice. “We are a nation that has armed its law enforcement against the opposing political party like never before,” he said, and unfoundedly suggested that the government was hiding evidence that it had indeed won the election. . But Trump’s appearance at the rally in support of the Republican Senate candidate JD Vance took an eerie and dark turn on Saturday when dramatic music suddenly started playing over the arena speakers.

The final minutes of his speech featured a soundtrack – a film score-like melody that sounded like an anthem for followers of QAnon, the far-right conspiracy theory and political movement that paints Trump as a figure of messiah saving America from an international cabal of elite, Satan-worshipping pedophiles. As the song played, rally attendees raised their arms in unison, giving a one-finger salute, one index finger raised, which appears at reference QAnon’s core motto, “Where we go one, we all go.” The song, to Q followers, appeared to be a 2020 track released under the title “Wwg1wga”.

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Trump’s team denied using this QAnon anthem in Ohio. In a statement to The New York Times Sunday, Trump’s spokesman Taylor Budowich said, “Fake News, in a pathetic attempt to create controversy and divide America, is plotting yet another conspiracy over a royalty-free song from a popular audio library platform.” Trump’s team used that same defense last month after the former president shared a video that featured the song on his social media website, Truth Social, telling Vice the song was unrelated to QAnon and was called “Mirrors”, by the television and film composer. Will Van De Crommert. Google and Apple’s music detection apps identified the song as “Wwg1wga” by an artist using the name Richard Feelgood, by Media Matters, and analysis showed that the two songs were virtually identical.

Regardless of Team Trump’s denials, Q’s followers immediately recognized the song choice for what it was, as noted by Media Matters’ senior researcher. Alex Kaplan.

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The former president has shown heightened concern for far-right conspiracy theory and the political movement since the FBI raid of his Mar-a-Lago home. Last week, Trump reposted a image of himself donning a Q pin on his lapel next to the slogan “The Storm Is Coming” (another Q motto that references a violent day of judgment in which Trump’s enemies will be rounded up and potentially executed on television live). In late August, Trump used his Truth Social account to repost a “Q drop” – a message supposedly written by the movement’s anonymous creator, who claims to be a government official with a Q-level security clearance – before deleting it further. later in his profile.

Meanwhile, Truth Social itself has become a cesspool for the kinds of QAnon content and influencers that Twitter, Facebook and Reddit have suppressed. Trump has spurred this development by promoting dozens of Q-related accounts over the past month, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. Amid Trump’s attempts to indulge in the move, QAnon — an ideology the FBI first identified as a domestic terrorism threat in 2019, according to a memo obtained by Yahoo News at the time — continues to have dangerous and deadly ramifications offline. In Michigan earlier this month, after a 53-year-old man shot his wife and injured his daughter, then was killed by police, his other daughter said her father’s obsession with the theory of the conspiracy had driven him to violence, according to NBC News. And in Pennsylvania, a 61-year-old man armed with a loaded gun reportedly walked into a Dairy Queen a week and a half ago and told police he was trying to “kill Democrats and Liberals,” according to local information.

Trump began directly acknowledging QAnon while still in office. “I know they are completely against pedophilia”, trump said in 2020 when asked about the move. And while his support for the conspiracy theory has remained more muted during his presidency, Trump’s subtle winks and nods have become more blatant promotions of the movement that openly calls for the killing of political rivals.

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