Bill Maher revives QAnon gag: ‘I am Q’
Bill Maher concluded his Friday episode of “Real Time” on HBO by reviving his 2018 gag in which he said “I am Q,” jokingly claiming to be the mythical internet figurehead leading the QAnon conspiracy movement.
“Well, it’s two years later, and I’m going to tell you again. I am Q. I am. And true Q followers know it’s the truth because it makes the least sense. Think, people. That’s all I’m saying. Take what you thought, flip it and then assume the opposite of the opposite of what you know is not true,” Maher quipped Friday night.
Maher revived the comedy bit to push critique over the conspiracy theory after it spiraled into the mainstream in recent months.
The once-fringe theory has garnered support from several Republican congressional candidates, such as Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who is favored to win her general election this fall.
“And don’t be intimidated by the so-called ‘sane’ people who say we’re stupid and gullible and lonely, aimless losers,” Maher said, adding in a more serious tone, “Oh, you can make fun of us all you want. But the joke is on you because QAnon is now so mainstream that 71 Republicans running for office this year have espoused QAnon beliefs.”
The conspiracy theory, which encompasses a multitude of broad and baseless claims, primarily centers around its supporters purporting that President Trump is a hero leader who will put an end to alleged child trafficking rings that are orchestrated by powerful elites and Democratic politicians.
This week, Trump praised QAnon supporters when a reporter questioned him about the conspiracy, although the president admitted he did not know much about the theory’s details.
“I don’t know much about the movement other than I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate,” he said at a press briefing.
Trump’s acknowledgment of the conspiracy sparked even greater interest in the movement this week in the mainstream media, leading Vice President Pence to dismiss the theory when questioned on it.
Maher utilized the spot to make a mockery of Q supporters, jokingly offering them the wrong day to go out and vote for the upcoming presidential election.
“But if you do somehow get to the polls, my fellow QAnoners, of course go with pride and pull the lever for the one man that can make America great again: Kanye West,” he said.