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Sat Oct 10, 2020, 08:59 PM

QAnon High Priest Was Just Trolling Away as a Citigroup Tech Executive

Jason Gelinas lived a normal suburban life with a plum Wall Street gig. He also ran the conspiracy theory’s biggest news hub.
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Gelinas had registered as a Democrat in the runup to the 2008 election, but then seemed to drift to the right, and not in an “I’m going to vote for Romney this time” sort of way, according to two friends, who spoke to Bloomberg Businessweek on the condition of anonymity because they didn’t want to be associated with what came next in his political journey. “He hated the idea of Obama,” says one. “He thought that it was a setup and that he was elected to satisfy the Black population.” Gelinas would become agitated when the topic of the president came up, sometimes referring to Obama as “the Antichrist.”

He was increasingly immersed in right-wing internet conspiracies, telling a friend that Hillary Clinton was at the center of a global cabal of sex traffickers. This was about the time that online trolls were starting to promote a theory known as Pizzagate, which claimed that Clinton and others were holding children hostage in the basement of Comet Ping Pong, a restaurant and concert venue in Washington, D.C. Shortly after Trump was elected president, a follower burst into the restaurant and fired an AR-15 rifle, standing down only after discovering that the building didn’t actually have a basement. (Nobody was hurt. The shooter, who said he’d been misled by what he’d read on the internet, pleaded guilty to firearms charges and was sentenced to four years in prison.)
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Even so, the movement had been contained mostly to the internet’s trollish fringes until around the time Gelinas came along. In 2018, while doing his job at Citi, he created, as an anonymous side project, a website dedicated to bringing QAnon to a wider audience—soccer moms, white-collar workers, and other “normies,” as he boasted. By mid-2020, the site, QMap.pub, was drawing 10 million visitors each month, according to the traffic-tracking firm SimilarWeb, and was credited by researchers with playing a key role in what might be the most unlikely political story in a year full of unlikely political stories: A Citigroup executive helped turn an obscure and incoherent cult into an incoherent cult with mainstream political implications.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-10-07/who-is-qanon-evangelist-qmap-creator-and-former-citigroup-exec-jason-gelinas

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SunSeeker Oct 2020 OP
soothsayer Oct 2020 #1
orwell Oct 2020 #2
SunSeeker Oct 2020 #5
UpInArms Oct 2020 #3
SunSeeker Oct 2020 #4
IADEMO2004 Oct 2020 #6
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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Sat Oct 10, 2020, 09:06 PM

1. Interesting

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Sat Oct 10, 2020, 09:23 PM

2. Asymetric warfare...

...one lone wolf crashes the RePukeLiCon party.

Now it is ball and chain around their ankles, dragging them down into the fetid swamp of defeat...

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Response to orwell (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 10, 2020, 09:37 PM

5. From your lips to God's ears. nt

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Sat Oct 10, 2020, 09:28 PM

3. I guess you don't have to weigh 400 pounds and live in your momma's basement

To be a freaking lunatic

Sigh

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Response to UpInArms (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 10, 2020, 09:36 PM

4. Yup. He seems to have descended into mental illness, like so many Trumpers. nt

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Sat Oct 10, 2020, 09:42 PM

6. Obama's fault again.

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Response to IADEMO2004 (Reply #6)

Sat Oct 10, 2020, 11:08 PM

7. LOL. Yup. nt

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