Ex-QAnon believer breaks his silence. How he escaped the viral cult

Ex-QAnon believer breaks his silence. How he escaped the viral cult 1

 

Jitarth Jadeja found QAnon in 2017. The 32-year-old spent two years entrenched in the virtual cult. His biggest regret? Sharing the conspiracy theory with his father. CNN's Donie O'Sullivan reports.
One day in June 2019, Jadeja went outside to smoke a cigarette. For two years he'd been in the virtual cult of QAnon. But now he'd watched a YouTube video that picked apart the last element of the theory he believed in. Standing there smoking, he would say later, he felt "shattered." He had gone down the QAnon rabbit hole; now, having emerged from it, he had no idea what to do next.
The most basic QAnon belief casts President Trump as the hero in a fight against the "deep state" and a sinister cabal of Democratic politicians and celebrities who abuse children. And it features an anonymous government insider called "Q" who purportedly shares secret information about that fight via cryptic online posts.
Travis View is a conspiracy theory researcher who co-hosts the podcast "QAnon Anonymous."
The theory's believers "always fantasize that they are saving children and they're bringing criminals to justice," View says. "But QAnon only hurts people. It has helped nobody."

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83 Comments on "Ex-QAnon believer breaks his silence. How he escaped the viral cult"

  1. How anyone can be sucked into that crap is beyond me.

    • If you believed the Fine People Hoax, then you can be sucked into crap as well.

    • @Kristi Stevens its beyond funny if it is

    • This isnt’t even a topic between pro or anti paedophillia. Or its supposed association to a party or organizatioj. Much like hate group like the proud boys. Both are despicable and condemnable regardless! And that it exists wherever you are in society. Especially if you’re in poor rural areas!

    • Philip fuertes | October 16, 2020 at 11:03 PM | Reply

      @Paul Brown you want me to prove if pedophile and Satanism exist, are you serious, do you live under a rock

  2. When your life is boring and very empty you choose Q.

    • @Major Minor I don’t ever watch CNN what you say to that?, I mean never watch it on TV ever, so what you got to say now?…

    • william Thomas | October 16, 2020 at 8:36 PM | Reply

      NOT! My life is boring and empty but I can’t let go of reality, horrific as our times are I will cling to my sanity till I die. Forget Q ever meant anything to begin with and hang out with a friend and have a beer

    • I actually have a lot of 40+ female friends that are sooo into this. Most are in less than stable financial situations. Some, I suspect are in abusive relationships. These are full on Trumpers. According to them, the democrats are an evil cabal full of satanic, pedophiles and baby eaters and anyone who supports them or who is anti-trump is either an idiot sheep or a satanic, pedophile, baby eater (oh, and anti-American). I think there is definitely an aspect of searching for meaning, searching for clarity and an element of desperation that is being exploited. They want to feel like they are a part of something noble and grand. That there are clear lines between The Good People and The Bad People.

    • Real joe Camillo | October 16, 2020 at 9:38 PM | Reply

      @Marcos Filho yo u on drugs? N what kind? Lol. No bots allowed robots 🤖

  3. I agree, they need to keep their dignity. No one wants to be made a fool of. Sorry for my earlier post. I was wrong and judgemental

    • @Shabby Balls it’s open source info they’re needs to be a base for vital infrastructure

    • @Shabby Balls people have stumbled into these bases exploring

    • @Marcos Filho Why were these people allowed to live to tell the world about these Bases if they are used to carry vital information between countries who control the Global Economy? Seems a bit strange to have a Secret Base in a Sewer. How do the Staff get to work, down the toilet?

    • @Shabby Balls to sum up joe Rogan podcast a journalist who spent 5years in London’s sewers

    • They are fools and should be made aware that they are fools.

  4. Ronan Brodrick | October 16, 2020 at 5:13 PM | Reply

    Every republican president has given a recession but this takes the cake 🤕

    When will Americans learn ?

    • There’s deep underground military bases or “DUMB” that contain and protect the fiber optic internet cables ! They exist connecting every country on the planet underground across oceans ! NEWYORK SEWER SYSTEM HAS A MAJOR HUB OF TUNNELS WITH A DEEP AND HIDDEN SECRET BASE THAT CONTAINS THE UNITED STATES FIBER OPTIC LINES to EUROPE AND THE STOCK MARKET!!

    • Obverse Singularity | October 16, 2020 at 6:07 PM | Reply

      @Marcos Filho copy paste trollbot

    • Patrick Tolman | October 16, 2020 at 10:12 PM | Reply

      Wow you dumbocrats have completely lost your pride and dignity !

    • @Marcos Filho FFS 🤦‍♀️

  5. There’s always been idiots…. but the internet has giving them power now. and sometimes… they can get imbeciles like trump elected.

    • It’s scary

    • @Mister Green Seeds trump I know he’s pathetic lol.

    • tyra christopher | October 16, 2020 at 9:01 PM | Reply

      @Mister Green Seeds “Yo semites”? “Two Corinthians”? “Bigly”? “I don’t remember when I was last tested”? He said that after he said he “get’s tested a lot”. Any lucid person would be able to answer that question. (smh) Your willful ignorance is sad.

    • I agree people who believe in Qanon are absolute gullible fools, I liken them to the brainwashed idiots who believe somebody can change genders.

  6. At least he was smart enough to see the inconsistencies and get out. Most of them are not.

    • @Jay ffs lol, madness 4 everyone.

    • DynaCatlovesme | October 16, 2020 at 9:40 PM | Reply

      For more people than I care to contemplate, apparent inconsistencies are a constant part of every day life. They see inconsistencies in things most of us take for granted, and can’t grasp the explanations.

    • @DynaCatlovesme constant inconsistency = Biden. Have you seen the debate between Biden and ….himself? It’s hilarious https://youtu.be/aMSwAbDIUWU he is the most inconsistent politician 😂🤣 constant flip flop throughout his career

    • DynaCatlovesme | October 16, 2020 at 10:05 PM | Reply

      @Jay Don’t care. One of my cats would be a better president than Trump.

    • xExplosiveMurkx MC | October 16, 2020 at 10:41 PM | Reply

      george soros and all the corrupt left interests including CNN and other fake news are controlling you all! they wont cover or show the JOE AND HUNTER BIDEN SCANDAL THAT HAS PHOTOS,VIDEOS AND PICS OF DRUG ADDICT HUNTER! HUNTER USED THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT TO LINE HIS POCKETS AND THE WHOLE FAMILYS POCKETS AMERICA!!!!!!!!!! Joe is the WORST THING YOU CAN DO TO YOUR COUNTRY! ITS ALL COMING OUT MORE AND MORE DAILY! NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE! GET INFORMED PEOPLE! YOU ARE THE JUDGE! YOU REALLY WANT SLEEP CORRUPT BRAINDEAD JOE IN OFFICE!? VOTE TRUMP! HES EXPOSING IT ALL! MAKE UP YOUR OWN MINDS! WE KNOW TRUMPS TOUGH BUT HE DONATES HIS SALARY AND LOVESSSSSSS AMERICA! HES DONE SO MUCH DONT BE BRAINWASHED BY MEDIAS BIAS! VOTE TRUMP!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Chris P. Bacon | October 16, 2020 at 5:22 PM | Reply

    Our schools should be teaching critical thinking skills.

    • @septillion2501 You can’t teach children critical thinking and then teach them it’s perfectly natural to screw anything with two feet and a heart beat or change their gender like they change their underwear.

    • That statement means nothing.

    • Indeed. Unfortunately, even with skills to critically assess information, most people end up buying some predigested narrative, because they don’t have the time or will to investigate themselves…and then there is cognitive dissonance, and primal fear of acknowledging uncomfortable truths. Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance, and yet it is omnipresent…

    • Reclaiming MyTime | October 16, 2020 at 10:53 PM | Reply

      @G Mantissa Thank you for your comment. I greatly respect the work of educators and we have a number of educators in my family. I am curious, please, about your opinion of the primary message conveyed by the now deceased John Taylor Gatto. Some of what he says in “Weapons of Mass Instruction” makes sense, but I’m not able to discern if he was respected by his peers. I know he received Awards, but I’m not sure that those were peer-voted awards. Thank you for your time for any response.

    • Reclaiming MyTime | October 16, 2020 at 10:58 PM | Reply

      @Greg Kalla That’s right, and we don’t see Faith healers working “miracles” in hospitals for the same reason we don’t see psychics winning the lottery.

  8. What he describes is more like a cult than a mere theory.

    • Miss. Bitch, Swerve | October 16, 2020 at 9:29 PM | Reply

      @NPC Non Binary Demigender Pansexual Two Spirit praying for you 🙏

    • @NPC Non Binary Demigender Pansexual Two Spirit

      You keep accusing libs of weakness.

      Of crying, when the only emotion you can evoke is bored, but still good natured contempt.

      Not tears, you aren’t, and will never be , scary enough or effective enough to make that happen.

      No tears, bubba, just mildly curious as to where the naughty sheguy touched you, to make you such a trans obsessed, dominance seeking little subby , trying desperately to reach a place of adequacy , and always,always failing.

    • @NPC Non Binary Demigender Pansexual Two Spirit you should be blaming the correct instigators than CNN they report the facts whether you like it or not, Russia is not a conspiracy theory it is very real, and make no mistake they are not there to help the U.S or be friends, the right to bear arms to what the thing is way past its use-by date, you should be more worried about gun violence that is out of control

    • @NPC Non Binary Demigender Pansexual Two Spirit your tears are deliciously salty!
      Mmmmm. ..

    • Why was it until the trump administration that our government looked into the island? Why did Clinton and Obama let that island continue operating? Remember when epstein Island was just conspiracy to the media?

  9. Q just shows how easy it is to manipulate the human mind!

    • @Damian Eadie Qanon asks people to decide for themselves and not to even believe Q, as disinformation is necessary to misled enemy operatives, so no, there are plenty of idiots and people pushing their own agenda in the Qanon community, those that seek to profit, those that seek to destroy it’s credibility by pushing crazy theories and through association taint it’s validity, so everything should be questioned, evaluated, political bias ignored, no left or right, just seek the truth, where-as CNN pushes opinion without facts, as shown in the above video, what actual quantifiable proof does CNN provide?

    • Jerry Stephenson | October 16, 2020 at 10:51 PM | Reply

      @Alan aka FANG spoken like a true Q.

    • Not q but why was it until the trump administration that our government looked into the island? Why did Clinton and Obama let that island continue operating? Remember when epstein Island was just conspiracy to the media?

    • Jerry Stephenson | October 16, 2020 at 10:53 PM | Reply

      @ss206 you are the perfect example of a product of the idocy that is Q.

    • milton ritfeld | October 16, 2020 at 11:04 PM | Reply

      CNN showes how easy it is to manipulate the left weak wired mind, with constant fear and lies. Even if the proof is in front of theire nose, theire eyes are open wide shut. The call it TV PROGRAMMED. left wired minds are easy to manipulate thats why they are a sorry bunch of unhappy hatefull angry people. How can you live with yourself. B4 Ttump you were all kind and loving people. Tv programms turned you all into theire tools to obstruct Trumps Presidency. And what did it do? -It made even more people all over the world hate him first, but love him now. I know, because all of my friends do so now. They saw your mental state of unreasonable hate. We in Europe know what a fascistic dictator is and Trump is miles away from being one.You people are out of your white guilt minds.

  10. Tough titty P Diddy | October 16, 2020 at 5:50 PM | Reply

    I honestly don’t understand how people are so gullible to believe that.

  11. There are So many gullible people out there who need conspiracy theorises to validate their lives!!

  12. Trump is the gateway drug to QAnon. The level of stupidity is frightening

    • Montelm4l mann | October 16, 2020 at 10:42 PM | Reply

      so is the level of adrenochrome

    • @xExplosiveMurkx MC I think it’s time for your medication. man.

    • @Rahim Majid I swear people from your country kill thier own sisters and have incest and staff? No surprise you would vote baby killer briben.

    • Why was it until the trump administration that our government looked into the island? Why did Clinton and Obama let that island continue operating? Remember when epstein Island was just conspiracy to the media?

    • @mike Michel Why did the Florida state attorney, R. Alexander Acosta, who let Eipstein go with a cushy sentence in 2008, end up being the labor secretary in the Trump Admin?

  13. …and yet they would all rail against “anonymous” sources as “Deep State” actors?
    Yes, critical thinking skills in school and vote our Trump…

    • Why was it until the trump administration that our government looked into the island? Why did Clinton and Obama let that island continue operating? Remember when epstein Island was just conspiracy to the media?

  14. The fact that they support Trump should tell you they’re full of it. Especially looking at Trump’s disturbing comments about his daughter and his best friend Jeffrey Epstein.

    • Why was it until the trump administration that our government looked into the island? Why did Clinton and Obama let that island continue operating? Remember when epstein Island was just conspiracy to the media?

  15. angelinshagows | October 16, 2020 at 7:20 PM | Reply

    Trump has no normal followers..that should tell you something. He’s a quack.

    • He did say he likes the uneducated/dumb ppl

    • xExplosiveMurkx MC | October 16, 2020 at 10:42 PM | Reply

      speak for yourself loser…george soros and all the corrupt left interests including CNN and other fake news are controlling you all! they wont cover or show the JOE AND HUNTER BIDEN SCANDAL THAT HAS PHOTOS,VIDEOS AND PICS OF DRUG ADDICT HUNTER! HUNTER USED THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT TO LINE HIS POCKETS AND THE WHOLE FAMILYS POCKETS AMERICA!!!!!!!!!! Joe is the WORST THING YOU CAN DO TO YOUR COUNTRY! ITS ALL COMING OUT MORE AND MORE DAILY! NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE! GET INFORMED PEOPLE! YOU ARE THE JUDGE! YOU REALLY WANT SLEEP CORRUPT BRAINDEAD JOE IN OFFICE!? VOTE TRUMP! HES EXPOSING IT ALL! MAKE UP YOUR OWN MINDS! WE KNOW TRUMPS TOUGH BUT HE DONATES HIS SALARY AND LOVESSSSSSS AMERICA! HES DONE SO MUCH DONT BE BRAINWASHED BY MEDIAS BIAS! VOTE TRUMP!!!!!!!!!!

    • @xExplosiveMurkx MC You lost total credibility as soon as you spewed that fake news bs.

    • Not q but why was it until the trump administration that our government looked into the island? Why did Clinton and Obama let that island continue operating? Remember when epstein Island was just conspiracy to the media?

    • @xExplosiveMurkx MC 😂🤣😂 bro what’s wrong with you 🤣😂🤣 you should know by now, these people can’t handle the truth…👍

  16. Trump is lately taking a reversed position when questioned about Qanon, a fabrication mill.

    • Yeah!kinda like fox 🦊 news!

    • Why was it until the trump administration that our government looked into the island? Why did Clinton and Obama let that island continue operating? Remember when epstein Island was just conspiracy to the media?

  17. The most disturbing thing about the Qanon conspiracy theory is not whether it is real or false; it is the hordes of unintelligent, seemingly mindless, ovine masses who latch onto the vile propaganda instead of THINKING for themselves.

    • You talking to your self about wearing a mask!! Only cattle wear masks because your unintelligent to research 🙂 how come dr fauci funded the wuhan lab to gain function of the coronavirus and the tests were brought in 2018,event 201,Stanley Johnson book the virus,has any doctor isolated the virus yet!!!

  18. Isn’t the point that they want an army willing to do another witch hunt and put people in front of military tribunals?
    Seems to me a great plan if you want to start a fascist movement

  19. He is brave man. he questioned himself and realised he was wrong.

  20. A fake cult for a fake “President” – Makes perfect sense.

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