QAnon And Seth Rich Conspiracy Theorists All Over Trump Campaign Rally In Tampa

QAnon And Seth Rich Conspiracy Theorists All Over Trump Campaign Rally In Tampa

On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump traveled to Tampa to hold a campaign rally for Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), the extremely Trumpy Republican gubernatorial candidate that the president has endorsed in the GOP primary. As we’ve come to expect in these rallies, the arena was jam-packed with Trump superfans clad in MAGA caps and American flag shirts while waving Trump signs.

Oh yeah, and folks wearing QAnon shirts while holding up Seth Rich conspiracy signs.

In case you are blissfully unaware, QAnon is an extremely dense and complex conspiracy theory that began in October 2017. Its followers believe that the military convinced Trump to run for president so he could break up the criminal cabals created by all the previous presidents. Essentially, it’s every far-right, insane theory that’s been thrown out in recent years — pedophile sex rings, Hillary Clinton murders, globalist elites, Deep State — wrapped up into a one-size-fits-all storyline.

Meanwhile, the Seth Rich conspiracy kinda fits within QAnon but predates it as its adherents believe that the deceased DNC staffer was the real source of the stolen DNC emails that WikiLeaks and DCLeaks published during the 2016 election. In this theory, Rich was a Bernie Sanders supporter who leaked the materials to expose the corruption of the Democratic Party and was murdered for it. Fox News’ Sean Hannity helped push this conspiracy into the mainstream by devoting tons of coverage to it last year in the wake of a since-retracted Fox News story.

While one would have thought the Seth Rich nonsense would have been stopped in its tracks after Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russians for hacking the networks of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC, it looks like it it still going strong in the fever swamps.

Below are images and clips showing rally-goers with their Seth Rich and Q signs and shirts:

Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith tweeted out that it “is stunning to me how many ppl in this #TRUMPTAMPA crowd have QAnon signs or t-shirts.”

“That is not a healthy sign for GOP or for America,” he added.

Meanwhile, NBC News’ Ben Collins made the following observation about QAnon:

“Pizzagate on bath salts” is as perfect a description as one could make.

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.