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Dozens of QAnon believers gathered Tuesday afternoon in downtown Dallas in hopes that John F. Kennedy Jr. would emerge, heralding the reinstatement of Donald Trump as president.
Supporters first gathered Monday night in downtown Dallas, and around 1 p.m. Tuesday, there were several hundred people near Dealey Plaza, where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.
Kennedy’s son died in a plane crash in 1999 at the age of 38, but some supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory believe he has spent the last 22 years in hiding. They believe that John F. Kennedy Jr. will reappear on the square before midnight Tuesday, Newsweek reported.
Here at Dealey Plaza, where hundreds of QAnon supporters are gathered, expecting JFK Jr. to reveal himself where his father was murdered. (JFK Jr. died in a plane crash in 1999.) pic.twitter.com/jssBXpf4iM
– Michael Williams (@michaeldamianw) November 2, 2021
A post from a widely followed QAnon account on social media said that after Trump was reinstated as president, he would resign, and JFK Jr. would become president. Then former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn would be named his vice president, and Trump would eventually become “the king of kings,” according to Newsweek.
Experts who have been following QAnon since its inception said even they were surprised at the number of people who showed up Tuesday in Dallas.
“Honestly, I’m a little shocked at how many people showed up for this,” said Jared Holt, a permanent fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, who researches domestic extremism. “This was not a widespread belief, even among QAnon supporters.”
The QAnon conspiracy theory is centered on allegiance to Trump, which supporters believe will run a shadowy “Deep State” that they believe includes left-wing politicians and celebrities who are pedophiles.
Law enforcement groups, including the FBI, have warned of the dangers of real-world violence from supporters of the movement. QAnon believers were well represented during the January 6 uprising at the US Capitol.
QAnon is an umbrella group where different segments do not always agree on ideologies, Holt said. He believes Tuesday’s event grew out of chat channels obsessed with numerology.
Posts in these channels indicated that JFK Jr. wanted to reveal himself Tuesday, but Holt said he was unsure why the believers decided he would choose Dallas, the place of his father’s death, of all places, to reveal himself.
JFK Jr. has been a popular figure among QAnon’s conspiracy theorists. In 2019, some members thought he would return on July 4 as Trump’s vice president, Forbes reported. Another theory claims that JFK Jr. is “Q”, according to the group’s anonymous leader Forbes.