‘Where We Go One We Go All’: General Michael Flynn celebrates July 4 by leading his friends reciting the Oath of the Constitution AND the slogan for QAnon conspiracy theorists
- Former National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn tweeted a video in which he led friends Saturday night who took the oath of the Constitution
- At the end of the oath, he added the QAnon slogan: ‘Where we go one, we go all’
- The QAnon conspiracy theory promotes unfounded allegations of a ‘deep state’ plot against President Donald Trump
- In recent weeks, Flynn appears to be giving signs of support for the movement
- QAnon followers believe Flynn fell victim to the government when he was accused of lying to investigators about his transactions in Russia
General Michael Flynn celebrated July 4 by reciting the Oath of the Constitution, followed by the slogan for the far-right QAnon movement.
Flynn, the former national security adviser to President Donald Trump, shared a video of himself on Saturday night in which five friends and family members took the oath on Twitter while celebrating Independence Day in a backyard.
Each member of the group raised his right hand as they repeated after Flynn, “I, [insert name], solemnly swear that I will support and defend the United States Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and faithfulness to it; that I take this obligation off without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will perform well and faithfully the duties of the office where I am about to come: So help me God. ‘
At the end of the oath, they added, ‘Where we go one, we go all’ – the slogan for the QAnon conspiracy theory movement promoting unfounded allegations of a ‘deep state’ conspiracy against Trump involving Satanism and child sex trafficking.
The use of the slogan seemed to reinforce the claim that Flynn is embracing his fan base within the QAnon movement.
General Michael Flynn (third from left) led his friends to recite the oath of the constitution and the slogan for the QAnon movement during a July 4 celebration on Saturday
Flynn tweeted a video of the group taking the oath before cheering on ‘God Bless America’ and pumping their fists in the air
WHAT IS QANON?
Origin: Q Anon started on the fringe website 4chan, where a poster calling himself Q left messages claiming to be a high federal official claiming to reveal a ‘deep state’ cabal that was out to take down Donald Trump. Q grew out of Pizzagate’s discredited conspiracy that the top Democrats were involved in pedophilia and cannibalism from the basement of a Washington DC restaurant, but quickly took steam with ‘Q’ and left ‘clues’ claiming Trump’s depth would go in. Whenever the conspiracies turn out to be untrue, followers rationalize that the inaccuracies are part of Q’s bigger plan.
Who is Q ?: Multiple people can now pretend to be Q on the anonymous 4chan boards.
The QAnon theory has bounced back into the darker corners of the internet since late 2017, and has hit the mainstream of the Republican Party in recent months, as Trump himself retweeted the promotional accounts.
The theory revolves around an anonymous high-ranking government official known as ‘Q’ who constructs a world in which Trump and his allies are waging a covert war against a cannibalistic sex trafficking ring involving celebrities and top Democrats.
Flynn has long played a central role in QAnon’s lore, including a belief that the government has prosecuted him for accusing him of lying to the FBI over his dealings with Russian officials led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to a member of the Trump campaign.
Flynn initially pleaded guilty, but reversed his position earlier this year. He achieved a major legal victory last week when an appeals court ordered the federal judge to end the Justice Department case against him.
Some QAnon followers believe that Flynn could be ‘Q’ himself, and some of them add three-star emojis to their Twitter handles in a nod to his military rank.
In recent weeks, Flynn was found to be broadcasting signals of support for the movement – sprinkling references in his internet column and reportedly signing his new book with QAnon’s slogan, according to The Daily Beast.
“I think these dog whistles are subtle enough that if you don’t know about Q, you can read this piece and don’t feel like he’s talking to a bunch of violent conspiracy theory maniacs,” Mike Rothschild, a journalist who follows the QAnon movement, said the exhaust.
Flynn has long played a central role in QAnon’s lore, including the belief that the government has prosecuted him for accusing him of lying to the FBI over his dealings with Russian officials led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to a member of the Trump campaign. Flynn has been pictured following his 2018 conviction
While Flynn has not directly expressed support for the movement, his latest video is likely to spark speculation that he is involved.
After reciting QAnon’s oath and slogan, the group cheered “God Bless America!” and pumped their fists into the air.
Flynn tagged several people in his tweet, including his lawyers Sidney Powell and Molly McCann, his sisters Barbara Redgate and Mary O’Neill, brothers Joseph and Jack Flynn, and his wife Lori Andrade.
He also included the hashtag #TakeTheOath, a trend where people are renewing their promise to uphold the Constitution in the face of growing turmoil in America.
A Trump supporter with a QAnon flag visits Mount Rushmore National Monument in Keystone, South Dakota, on July 1, two days before the President visited for a fireworks show