A man who once believed in the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory apologized to CNN’s Anderson Cooper for thinking he ate babies.
The apology from the former QAnon supporter Jitarth Jadeja was part of a special report the network aired late Saturday called “Inside the QAnon Conspiracy.”
Cooper said Jadeja was a believer of the far-right conspiracy theory until 2019.
“Did you at the time believe that high-level Democrats and celebrities were worshipping Satan? Drinking the blood of children?” Cooper asked, referring to some of the baseless theories to come out of the conspiracy movement.
“Anderson, I thought you did that, and I would like to apologize for that right now. So, I apologize for thinking that you ate babies,” Jadeja said.
“You actually believed that I was drinking the blood of children?” Cooper asked.
“Yes, I did,” Jadeja responded.
“Was it something about me that made you think that?” Cooper asked.
“It’s because Q specifically mentioned you, and he mentioned you very early on,” Jadeja said. “He mentioned you by name, and from there — he also talked about, like, for example, like, your family.”
“People still talk about that to this day,” he continued. “There were posts about that just four days ago. ... Some people thought you were a robot.”
“You really believed this?” Cooper asked again.
“I didn’t just believe that. I, at one stage, believed that QAnon was part of military intelligence, which is what he says, but, on top of that, that the people behind him were actually a group of fifth dimensional, interdimensional, extraterrestrial ... aliens called blue avians,” Jadeja said.
“I was so far down in this conspiracy black hole that I was essentially picking and choosing whatever narrative that I wanted to believe in,” he added.
When describing the project on his program Friday, Cooper called the special “something of a personal project” while noting some of the past conspiracy theories targeting him and other journalists that have been spread by followers of QAnon.
“The QAnon fringe has previously focused on me and a bunch of other reporters, as well as many other public figures, as somehow being responsible for some of their more outlandish, should we say, and bizarre, conspiracy theories,” Cooper said.
Among those unsubstantiated theories were allegations that Cooper was a pedophile, as well the spread online of “phony flight logs reported to be from convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane” that included the television host's name and other well-known figures.
“It’s all made up, of course, but QAnon supporters seem to believe it or at least use it to try to harass me,” Cooper said.
The pro-Trump conspiracy movement is based around the idea that former President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE was working to expose a cabal of Democratic elites running child trafficking rings and controlling the U.S. government.
It has expanded to include other conspiracies as well and boasts support from a number of prominent figures, including some Republicans in Congress.
A chunk of its followers were left blindsided earlier this month when President Biden was inaugurated. Prior to Trump's exit from the White House, leaders within the movement claimed Trump was going to disrupt his successor's inaugural proceedings to jail and execute his political opponents.