QANON fans claim California Governor Gavin Newsom’s recall election will spark the “storm” to reinstate Trump as they accuse Democrats of unleashing a “bot army.”
Followers of the conspiracy theory are insisting that the bots are being used to stop Republicans from voting to oust the Democrat.
No evidence has been presented to suggest that online bots are being used to suppress conservative votes in the state.
QAnon supporters have maintained that the “storm” is coming – the storm being a moment in which Donald Trump will rise back to power and reveal to the world a Democrat-led child sex trafficking ring.
The date for the “storm” has constantly changed as one deadline after another goes by with no big reveal.
The most recent claim from the group was that the election audit in Maricopa County, Arizona, will expose voter fraud and lead to more audits across the country.
They have claimed this will reveal Trump as the true winner of the 2020 presidential election after it was “stolen” from him by Joe Biden.
Despite the claims, multiple lawsuits from the Trump campaign were thrown out of court in several states because of a lack of evidence of widespread voter fraud.
The Arizona audit has also been hit with setbacks after the company running the investigation, Cyber Ninjas, reported that several staff members fell ill with Covid.
The California recall election has now become the next predicted moment of reckoning for the QAnon movement.
According to Vice, Ron Watkins, whose site 8kun facilitated the rise of QAnon, posted over the weekend calling attention to the election.
He made baseless allegations on his Telegram account about Newsom’s “bot army” and claimed that it was going to “attack you and try to convince you to not go out and vote.”
"They hired a bot army to convince you not to vote in the CA recall because they are panicking,” he wrote in another message.
John Sabal, the organizer of the biggest QAnon conference, also claimed that Newsom is the key to the “storm.”
“DETHRONING Newsom is THE catalyst for the MAIN EVENT,” he wrote on his Telegram channel.
NEWSOM'S RECALL ELECTION
Recent polls, however, have suggested that Republicans are more likely to turn out to vote than Democrats in the recall election as they bid to get rid of Newsom.
He has been accused of mishandling the Covid pandemic and a petition received the required 1.7million signatures for a recall vote in April.
Critics of Newsom, who has served as governor since 2018, have reacted furiously to his shutdowns of the state.
If California voters do decide to replace Newsom, there are 46 candidates already in the running, including Caitlyn Jenner.
The front runner is Larry Elder who this week also called into question the safety of the recall vote.
The conservative radio host, an avid Trump supporter, echoed the former president’s allegations of fraud in an interview with Fox News.
He claimed the presidential election was full of “shenanigans” and that he was worried about the same in California on September 14.
"The 2020 election, in my opinion, was full of shenanigans. And my fear is they're going to try that in this election right here and recall,” he told Media Buzz on Sunday.
"So I'm urging people to go to ElectElder.com. Whenever you see anything, hear anything suspicious, go to my website.
“We have a battery of lawyers. We're going to file a lawsuit in a timely fashion this time.”
THE 'STORM'S' CHANGING TIMEFRAME
The latest QAnon claims come after its supporters claimed that the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan is a hoax being used to distract the US public from election fraud claims.
Other conspiracy theorists believe that while the resurgence of the Taliban in the country is real, that it was orchestrated by President Joe Biden, again in an effort to distract from an election audit in Arizona.
Before he decided this weekend that California is the main goal, Watkins posted on Telegram: “The ongoing failure in Afghanistan is just the beginning of a planned distraction campaign so they can ignore the Maricopa County audit results.
“All eyes on Maricopa County!”
In August, security officials warned of violence as QAnon conspiracy theorists remain wedded to baseless claims that Donald Trump will be reinstated as president.
The rumors gained momentum at such a speed as they were circulated online, that it prompted Homeland Security officials to issue a public safety notification, according to ABC.
A bulletin reportedly stated: "As public visibility of the narratives increases, we are concerned about more calls to violence.
"Reporting indicates that the timing for these activities may occur during August 2021, although we lack information on specific plots or planned actions."
Joe Biden remains president while Trump endorses potential congressional candidates at rallies as he mulls over whether to run for the White House in 2024.
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