Jim or anyone familiar with research into Qanon: do you know of anyone who is specifically trying to compare Ron Watkins’s former Twitter thread content (not just his posts, but content in the comments/thraed) with the activities that we now know were happening in the White House between the election and January 6?

I know that Ron isn’t Q, however, I suspect Ron had at least one person close to Trump’s Team communicating with him about the activities and strategies going on in the White House so that Ron’s twitter thread narrative would align accordingly. So even though Ron isn’t Q, he may have been employed/recruited by Flynn, Pence, or someone else on Trump’s team to generate the Coup Narrative content. And I think that Ron and Flynn have attended some of the some Qanon events - roundups or road shows or rodeos or whatever they call their cult gatherings.

Also - I noticed a similarity between Ron’s Telegram chat “channel” and his former Twitter account. The similarity is that Ron oftentimes posts a short question that by itself doesn’t sound extremist. The extremist, violent rhetoric and Coup Narrative is oftentimes contained within the thread itself. An example would be Ron calling for “Patriots” to go to DC on January 6 to support Trump or asking a question like “should Trump cross the Rubicon.” The comments in the threads promote the themes of Christi-Fascism and the Coup Narrative.

Ron had over 400,000 twitter followers, and there were obviously many bots, sock puppet accounts, and probably troll farms helping to advance and amplify the Coup Narrative.

I look at “Patel Patriot” as taking over as the rebranded Coup Narrative (rebranded from Qanon to Devolution). I haven’t studied Patel Patriots rhetoric but see it mentioned in other right wing accounts.

To clarify, I am not asking anyone to take on this task of taking a fresh look on Ron’s former Twitter thread content - rather, I’m interested in knowing if anyone out there is specifically working on this.

Expand full comment

Should I assume that Jim and Moby are revising their earlier hypotheses that Ginny T. was not a full on true believer in Q-Anon and in the Big Lie, to, in light of Hassan's video, it seems plausible she is?

(BTW, my understanding is that not everyone who takes a Lifespring course goes full on into a cult. My understanding was that Ginny T. got deeply involved in the organization, into the more advanced level courses. I guess this is how cults work, one step at a time, luring people in with the plausible at first to the undue influence/mind control later on.)

Expand full comment
Apr 2, 2022Liked by Jim Stewartson

Oh man. I did not see that tweet. I am a tad taken aback. I had known that Ginny was involved in Jan6 and it made me irate. Huh.

Familiar with Dr. Hassan. He is a wonderful, empathetic man. Thanks Jim.

Expand full comment