TIME Magazine reports:
Since Trump’s defeat, the QAnon movement has quietly entered a different, and arguably more dangerous, phase. Adherents now hold local elected offices across the U.S.–from mayors to city-council members to school-board trustees–with the power to shape policies that directly affect the lives of millions of Americans from positions that offer a measure of credibility to delusional beliefs.
It’s impossible to estimate how many elected officials believe in QAnon or have promoted its theories in the past. No organization keeps tallies, and it can be hard to parse the point where Trumpian provocation ends and true conspiracy thinking begins. But it’s clear from more than two dozen interviews with residents of communities where QAnon-tied officials have taken office that America is only beginning to grapple with the havoc that the cultlike conspiracy theory has wrought.
Read the full article. It’s frightening.
Fantastic piece by @VeraMBergen about what happens when Qanon conspiracy theorists get elected to local office: “If you really don’t accept factual reality, how can you do your job?” said one resident of a town with a Q mayor https://t.co/CsUnUKpMTf
— Charlotte Alter (@CharlotteAlter) April 16, 2021