Hundreds of QAnon supporters from across the country gathered in Dallas Tuesday afternoon to witness what they thought would be John F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy Jr.
The assassinated president and his deceased son never arrived.
Instead of facing their disappointment, the faithful QAnon quickly turned to a new prediction, claiming that Kennedy and a number of other deceased celebrities would reveal themselves at a Rolling Stones concert in Dallas later that day.
“Rolling Stones?” said the host of a livestream that monitored the event. “Rolling the stone!”
The Dallas crowd represented a splinter faction of a splinter faction within the larger QAnon movement, and one that has been condemned by some of QAnon’s leading figures as a plan to embarrass QAnon believers. But the willingness of hundreds of people to travel to Dallas from as far away as New York and California demonstrates QAnon’s continued popularity nearly a year after “Q” – the mysterious figure behind QAnon – was last published.
John F. Kennedy Jr. has long been an obsession for a faction of QAnon supporters, despite their belief that JFK Jr. forged his death by plane crash in 1999 and will return to run as Donald Trump’s vice president, has been ridiculed by other QAnon people. believer. On Tuesday, conspiracy theorists were dragged to the scene of the Kennedy assassination by allegations made by obscure channels on the social media app Telegram with names like “Negative48” and “Whiplash347.”
The channels’ operators had gathered hundreds of thousands of followers online with their predictions, often using numerology to claim that members of the Kennedy family would reveal themselves sometime in early November and initiate a restoration of the Trump presidency.
QAnon promoter Michael Brian Protzman, who has more than 100,000 followers on the “Negative48” channel, has used numerology to argue that Kennedy is a descendant of Jesus Christ. On Monday, Protzman met with his fans in Dallas and performed a numerological equation on a fans T-shirt with Sharpie. During the celebration, Protzman wore a needle that read “I’m Just a Dumb Ass,” surrounded by numbers that refer to his group’s numerological beliefs.
Dallas QAnon believers had become convinced that the Kennedys would reveal themselves on Nov. 2 around 1 p.m. 12:30 Central Time, just around the time of Kennedy’s assassination attempt. But they then began to add other dead celebrities, convinced that they too would show up, after falsifying their deaths to avoid the deep state.
They began selecting random people they encountered in the Dallas area as celebrities in disguise, claiming that one man was comedian Robin Williams and another comedian Richard Pryor.
Yet some skepticism began to break in. During Monday night’s livestream, some audiences became frustrated with their leaders’ refusal to link the Kennedy family’s return to a specific time and date, the result of an apparent effort to avoid a single moment of crushing disappointment. A Dallas resident pointed out that no parade permits had been obtained for the parade of dead celebrities to follow Tuesday afternoon.
One of the hosts of the livestream shot back that followers needed to show more faith, pointing out how lonely so many of them had been before they grabbed QAnon.
“Some of them were home alone and feeling lonely,” she said. “They had no one there. We’ve heard these stories for months about people, people who feel alone and who have no one to talk to. And now you have, what, 1,000 people in Dallas?
Suddenly another woman cut her off.
“I just can not wait to see Kobe Bryant!” said the new woman.
The list of recurring celebrities became long and came to include not only Kennedys, Bryant and Williams, but also actress Debbie Reynolds and race car driver Dale Earnhardt.
“Yeah, there’s been a rapper here, we’m not sure of his name,” said a man who livestreamed from Dallas.
“Tupac, maybe?” asked a helpful listener.
As 12.30 approached, hundreds of people gathered at the Kennedy assassination site in Dealey Plaza began singing “God Bless America” and “JFK!”. The song slowed down after the Kennedys did not show up. An hour later, the crowd had dropped to about a couple dozen people standing in the rain.