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Unable to break the hold President Trump has on his supporters, several mainstream media outlets launched attacks on the supporters themselves.

The latest is an attempt to paint Trump supporters as conspiracy theorists who take their cues from an anonymous poster in a web chat room referred to as Q, who, according to the mainstream media, claims he has a secret clearance and shares insider information with his audience.

The implication is these are not garden-variety political opponents who support Trump, but wild-eyed crazies we should fear and consider for counter-measures.

HuffPost led off with a piece headlined, “The QAnon Conspiracy Has Stumbled Into Real Life, and It’s Not Going To End Well” with a subhead that read, “Armed men showing up and demanding answers to conspiracies. That can’t be good.”

The piece, published last week, begins with the arrest on June 15 of a man who was blocking traffic at Hoover Dam and holding up a sign that read, “Release the OIG report.”

He was referring to the report of the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General, which found the government had relied almost entirely on the Fusion-GPS dossier for its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrants to spy on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page.

The report was due to be released in January but was delayed numerous times, much to the frustration of Republicans and others who suspected it would not cast Democrats in a good light.

“He wanted the same thing that so many others that subscribe to the all-encompassing QAnon conspiracy theory want: some sort of proof of a ‘deep state’ conspiracy, run by the liberal elite and Hollywood, to commit and then cover up an array of atrocities, from child sex trafficking to false-flag shootings. And they thought they would find at least some damning evidence in the Department of Justice’s inspector general report on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

“The report he was looking for had actually been released the day before, and it didn’t have any of the information he and the rest of the QAnon supporters sought. Of course, the theory’s adherents believe there’s another inspector general’s report they haven’t seen, one with all the ‘true’ information, and they’ll fight to get it.”

Then, after accusing the man of being a conspiracy theorist, HuffPost wrote that he was “acting as a soldier for ‘Q.’ That’s the handle of an anonymous poster on equally anonymous message boards 4chan and 8chan and on Reddit since late last year.”

In letters the man wrote from jail, intended for Trump and various government officials, he signed off with sayings that prove he is an adherent of QAnon, HuffPost reported.

The Washington Post weighed in Wednesday with “’We are Q:’ A deranged conspiracy cult leaps from the Internet to the crowd at Trump’s ‘MAGA’ tour.”

From the “dark recesses of the Internet,” the Post reported, “….’Q’ feeds disciples, or ‘bakers,’ scraps of intelligence, or ‘bread crumbs,’ that they scramble to bake into an understanding of the ‘storm’ – the community’s term, drawn from Trump’s cryptic reference last year to ‘the calm before the storm’ – for the president’s final conquest over elites, globalists and deep-state saboteurs.”

NBC News focused on efforts to force YouTube to take down videos that allege A-list celebrities, including Tom Hanks and Stephen Spielberg, and Cemex, a Mexican cement company, are involved in a child sex ring.

“Baseless pedophilia accusations have become a powerful weapon for far-right disinformation campaigns in recent weeks,” NBC wrote. “Far-right agitator Mike Cernovich resurfaced decade-old tweets of James Gunn, director of Guardians of Galaxy Vol. 3, that featured offensive jokes about pedophilia. Disney removed Gunn from his role in directing the film’s third installment after the campaign.”

NBC does not explain what was baseless about the accusations against Gunn, and Gunn did not dispute writing the pedophilia-endorsing tweets.

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