QAnon Crowd convinced UFOs are a diversion from voter fraud
This has never been a better time to believe in UFOs. Barack obama talked last week on inexplicable footage of unidentified aerial phenomena, and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) wrote about his trip to Area 51 in a recent editorial. In June, U.S. intelligence agencies are expected to release an unclassified report on what the government knows about UFOs.
For “ufologists”, long mocked as aluminum foil hat-wearers obsessed with little green men, some justification may finally be at hand. But for many UFO enthusiasts on the right, this new round of UFO disclosures is nothing to welcome. Instead, they claim that the new videos of possible UFO sightings are meant to distract people from Donald Trump’s baseless election fraud allegations and conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic.
“There is no doubt that this mainstream UFO disclosure surge provides a convenient distraction for the Deep State to divert our attention from important issues like Scamdemic and voter fraud is exposed,” complained Jordan Sather, a UFO and QAnon conspiracy theorist. Telegram social media network on May 19.
Sather, who rebuked this interest in UFOs has just become a means for left-wing “social justice warriors” to “signal virtue”, characterizes the response. At a time when longtime UFO promoters are soaking up the mainstream of the UFO discussion, many conspiracy theorists on the right see instead the sinister hand of a global cabal at play.
InfoWars often publishes articles on UFOs. But more recently InfoWars has started to view the prospect of alien revelations as a deep state conspiracy. In an April video, InfoWars staffer Greg Reese postulated that UFOs were rigged using technology from inventor Nikola Tesla and the Nazis, with the ultimate goal of simulating an alien invasion to enslave the humanity in “the most terrible false flag imaginable”.
In heavy QAnon language about an infamous “cabal” and “great awakening,” Reese claimed that the new UFO videos were meant to convince people, wrongly, that aliens are real, before vaporizing a large part of humanity with energy weapons.
“We know the cabal has the will to do it, and it looks like they have the means, too,” Reese said.
Claims that an evil cabal is behind the new wave of interest in UFOs reflect the increasing overlap between the UFO “disclosure” community and other conspiracy theory movements, particularly QAnon. Believing in UFOs means buying what Syracuse University professor Michael Barkun, an expert on conspiracy theories, has dubbed “stigmatized knowledge” – embracing a universe of ideas that has been rejected by the mainstream. People who have already embraced one form of stigmatized knowledge often find it easy to sign for another, according to Barkun – moving from New Age healing crystals to UFOs, or anti-vaccine activism to QAnon.
Ufologist Steven Greer, for example, claimed that other UFO promoters were murdered by intelligence agents to prevent them from telling the truth about UFOs. But with the prospect of some genuine disclosures in sight, Greer has decided that whatever comes from the government now is in fact a trick meant to hide the genuine facts about UFOs.
“This is the rise of false disclosure that we have warned about,” Greer warned his fans in a YouTube video last week, saying UFOs were wrongly portrayed as a “threat to national security.” .
Sather and other QAnon conspiracy theorists who have promoted UFOs are challenged by the prospect of more widespread interest in UFOs, according to Travis View, co-host of UFOs. QAnon Tracking Podcast “QAnon Anonymous.”
“The promoters of QAnon are gaining an audience by claiming they have access to information the mainstream media does not have,” View told the Daily Beast. “When the mainstream media reports on their favorite subject, like UFOs, it actually hurts their brand because their audiences have been trained to be wary of anything that comes from the mainstream media.
The idea that UFO disclosures are used to distract people has also been embraced by white nationalists in the United States. A cartoon that has become a popular meme on extremist Telegrams channels shows soft-jawed UFO believers excited to see aliens urging Earthlings to unite behind a single world government. Behind the scenes, however, the cartoon reveals that the aliens are the creation of a searchlight operated by a man wearing a United Nations peacekeeper.
The distraction theory of the UFO has also gained popularity with the pro-Trump right. On May 19, Emerald Robinson, Newsmax correspondent in the White House tweeted that the UFO footage was a hijacking intended to distract from, among other things, the controversial, Republican-led recount of the presidential polls in Maricopa County, Arizona.
“They want you to talk about aliens because they don’t want you to talk about Maricopa,” Robinson wrote. “They want you to talk about UFOs because they don’t want you to talk about stagflation, the dollar collapse, the border crisis and Biden’s sanity.