A week after The Storm failed to materialize, some supporters of the Qanon conspiracy theory are beginning to have doubts about the Q movement, questioning whether the “pedocracy” will ever be brought down, or if the Clintons will ever face arrest for their misdeeds. Additionally, many followers have begun to doubt the existence of their leader Q, and have become disillusioned after the president has seemingly forsaken them. To begin the process of healing, a growing number of Anons have turned to Qanon recovery groups like Qanon-Anon.
“They left us standing out there on the battlefield with our dicks swinging in the wind,” said one Anon who wished to remain anonymous. “This was like our Bay of Pigs. We thought once the insurrection began, The Storm would follow. We were duped.”
This is a common sentiment among former Anons who now find themselves feeling lost with a gaping Q-shaped hole in their lives to fill. However, some come to the meetings not entirely ready to let go of their beliefs.
“In some instances, the deprogramming process can take months,” said Chris Carter, a former Anon who now leads a support group in Dallas. “Most don’t stick with the program at first. They’ll come to a few meetings, but then there’ll be another drop, or Trump will leave the Oval Office light on at an odd hour and suddenly they’re back on the Q again.”
A lot of recovering Qanon supporters still believe in the movement’s main contentions, but have simply lost faith in leadership and grown weary of the revolution.
“I still think the cause was just. But, like everything else, the leadership was a joke. ” said one recovering Anon. “Guess I should’ve listened to my wife when she told me to quit playing revolution on that idiot box and go mow the lawn.”