Kremlin Propaganda: The Calm Before the Storm is Upon Us
Russia knew about QAnon before QAnon did.
I recently wrote about the archive of Kremlin propaganda found by Jack Bryan and how it showed pre-knowledge of “Q” in 2001 and helped push it from day one in 2017.
But there is another event in the lore of QAnon and associated cults that has never been explained. On 10/5/17, Trump gathered some of “his generals” for a photo op and said “this is the calm before the storm.” Twice.
This might be dismissed as merely the orange dotard doing orange dotard shit. But the Kremlin propaganda network instantly jumped on this and repeated “the calm before the storm.” Here’s Kremlin propaganda website whatdoesitmean.com about 12 hours later.
Another big push to publicize “the calm before the storm” came from “Zero Hedge” which published a long, fawning article about it. Here’s Kremlin propaganda website Rumor Mill News promoting it.
Here’s the article in part.
The thing about Zero Hedge is that it’s Kremlin doomsday propaganda.
The United States Government identified Zero Hedge as publishing articles “created by Moscow-controlled media” last year.
The phrase “calm before the storm” became a slogan of QAnon and metastasized into other phrases using “The Storm.”
For example, here’s Kremlin QAnon propagandist Ann Vandersteel five days before 1/6 repeating a common variation of the phrase indicating it’s time to murder Democrats. “The Storm is Upon Us.”
And here it is trending today, because Roger Stone asked the question: “What should Trump’s first tweet be?”
Of course “Q” started adopting “calm before the storm” almost as soon as it started.
When Mike Flynn employee Tracy Diaz moved “Q” from 4chan to 8chan, the board it moved to was called CBTS or “Calm Before The Storm.”
Here’s insurrectionist Ali Akbar Alexander saying “the storm is here” to cheers from the crowd on 1/5/21.
“The Storm” is a meme concocted by Americans with the help of the Kremlin designed to give cult members an excuse to engage in white nationalist violence. Donald Trump provided the “proof” the conspiracy was real by calling his weird, unnecessary press conference. It led to QAnon and ultimately the insurrection.
Finally, I will simply note that Kremlin propaganda is bad no matter where it comes from.
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