‘How the Craziest Conspiracy Theory in American History Is Connected to Autism’

Donald Trump sparked a media debate when he called “QAnon” the most bizarre conspiracy theory in American history.

The following day, Fox News’ Laura Ingraham pointed out that President Trump was mischaracterizing a new movement founded on hardcore internet memes as “crazy” and “anti-government,” but that the it was actually an autistic group dedicated to hunting down federal agents.

It turns out that a good number of characters in the cult are in fact on the autism spectrum.

Chants at the demonstration’s first event held on Oct. 5 in Princeton were in fact “we fight the alt-left” and “listen to Q.listen to Q.” A blogger named Jacob Chansley recently noted how one person at the conference had asked for a chart detailing the FBI’s top 50 suspects.

Chansley, who is openly autistic, appeared on “The Ingraham Angle” along with Ann Coulter and James O’Keefe to talk about the growing QAnon movement and how it taps into “otherness,” ala Trump’s supporters.

Coulter also linked QAnon to the response to the Charlottesville rally, noting how many left-wing rioters were on the autism spectrum.

“They were relentless in their plotting to tear down the American dream and the American way of life, and so they had a strategy. They wanted to create chaos,” Coulter said. “They would use the internet to imagine terrorists coming to your city. They would think about conspiracy theories, and then they would use it.”

Chansley said that people on the autism spectrum can be trusted because there’s a need for “otherness,” because this community as a whole can’t help but “stress and unravel” and that some can turn to internet memes for answers.

But where does he draw the line?

Does anyone on the autism spectrum believe that Santa Claus is out to get them? That the conspiracies are real? That Ben Carson is the head of a cult? That the Paris climate agreement is a huge scam?

FACT: An autistic boy says Ben Carson is a demon as part of a reality TV show #realityTV https://t.co/7qD9gncxQH pic.twitter.com/2h3D8whIw8 — Black Lives Matter (@BLM_NATION) October 19, 2017

The proof, of course, is in the source material. As Chansley said, it was out of line for some to question “when the father of one of the conspirators blamed the Yulin Monkey Park for the crash of his planes, the armed standoff with a helicopter in Washington, DC, and the attempted murders of twenty-two federal government employees.”

“That is the extent of the strategy at QAnon,” he said. “The creepy source material provided would lead an autistic person to conclude there was no upside to this, and thus, there are no upside demons. This is an act of desperation.”

In a sense, Chansley did autistic people a public service, revealing a portion of the group that has been shut out of the mainstream.

“As a result of this group’s existence, one cannot believe that QAnon is the only anti-government conspiracy movement, nor that the movement is the only alt-right movement,” Chansley said. “I feel certain that the more traditional right-wing patriots who oppose the growing despotism of the federal government and who have no qualms about trying to take the government down in earnest will form a Q-faction in the near future, like the ‘cabal’ that exists within the Trump camp.”

He also called QAnon a “completely public performance art” of “anti-formula speech,” noting that individuals will often go to great lengths to mimic the language of president Trump.

Chansley hopes that people can learn from these ideas, because “the very condition of autism makes us very good at understanding the sinister politics that most people in our culture refuse to discuss.”

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