A number of supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory are claiming that Donald Trump can be seen in the reflection of a window in a photo posted on the POTUS Instagram page showing President Joe Biden inside the Oval Office.
Influential advocates of the radical movement with large followings on messaging service Telegram shared the Instagram picture showing Biden on the phone to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer while urging people to look at the figure whose back can be seen in the window reflection.
“Did you see who's in the reflection?,” QAnon Telegram account We The Pepe, which has more than 75,000 followers, wrote. “Go see for yourself.”
MelQ, another major QAnon figure on Telegram with 140,000 followers, told people to look at the reflection after sharing a similar post from another account with more than 88,000 subscribers on the app.
The posts were met with hundreds of replies agreeing that the person seen is somehow Trump, a savior-like figure for QAnon supporters who they believe will be reinstated as president. Others said the photo is probably an edited image from Trump's time in the White House.
“Proof that patriots are running the show. Doctored up an old photo of Trump, inserted Biden, left the reflection of Trump in the window to tie to Q post,” Telegram user MySearchfor Truth wrote.
Another user said: “Did they just photoshop mumbles Biden into a picture that was taken while DJT was in office. Asking for my fren [friend] that questions everything.”
Telegram user Barbara Limandri added: “That ain't Biden's head/shoulders. That's DJT…rightful POTUS!!”
As is usually the case with many of their claims, the popular QAnon advocates pointed to old posts from their mysterious leader known as “Q” to justify their latest conspiracy.
The QAnon conspiracy emerged as people began decoding cryptic messages that emerged on controversial messageboard site 4chan in October 2017. The posts claimed to be from a government official with access to top security clearance. The first post suggested that Hillary Clinton would soon be arrested, a prediction that never came to fruition.
Over the next few years, thousands of the cryptic messages were posted on 4chan, before moving to similar messageboard sites 8chan and 8kun, which were deciphered by QAnon supporters to form the basis of movement's beliefs, including that there exists a secret cabal of satanic pedophiles that leading Democrat figures are part of.
However, the frequency of these messages drastically slowed down after Trump lost the election in November, with there being no new post from “Q” since December 8. The final message on 8kun is merely a YouTube link to a pro-Trump video containing Twisted Sister's song “We're Not Gonna Take It.”
It is also alleged that the mysterious figure who has been writing the posts on 8kun was not a high-ranking government official, but Ron Watkins, the site's former administrator, which he has frequently denied.
The lack of new posts hasn't deterred QAnon, whose followers now merely decipher the catalogue of thousands of existing messages as a form of confirmation bias to justify their beliefs and suggest any world event was actually long predicted by Q.
In this case, Trump appearing in a reflection of an Oval Office was foretold by Q posts from March 2019 which state: “Find the Reflection inside the castle” and “reflections are important.”
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