The QAnon conspiracy community appears relatively unaffected after March 4 — the day many of them predicted former President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE would be re-inaugurated — passed without incidence.
This is not the first time that a highlighted date has come and gone for QAnon. Dozens of its predictions have failed to be true since the theory’s birth in 2017.
The far-range conspiracy has thought that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAttorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports Paul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book MORE would be arrested, that former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s report on Russian intervention in the election would reveal damning evidence about Democrats participating in child trafficking rings and that former President Trump would emerge on the day of President BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race On The Money: Democrats get to the hard part Health Care — GOP attorneys general warn of legal battle over Biden's vaccine mandate MORE’s inauguration to execute his political opponents.
QAnon has been built on moving the goal posts from the start, experts say.
“QAnon followers are primarily involved with the community because the sense of meaning or community it provides them, not necessarily because they believe it gives them an accurate understanding of future events,” Travis View, co-host of the QAnon Anonymous podcast, told The Hill in an email.
March 4 emerged as a key date in the community after Biden’s inauguration. Some adherents had latched on to a theory from the fringe sovereign-citizen movement which believes that all laws passed after the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868 are illegitimate.
The inauguration was moved from March 4 to Jan. 20 in 1933 to shorten the lame-duck period.
But even before the fated Thursday rolled around, many influential figures in the community warned that any activity would be a false flag.
On forums and in chats Friday morning, some QAnon followers quickly began claiming that March 20 was the actual date that Biden would be arrested while others applauded the community for not falling for the March 4 false flag.