It’s been almost six months since Joe Biden was sworn in as president, throwing a monkey wrench into Q Anon’s predictions of a massive Democratic reckoning known as the “Storm.” Some believers realized they were duped, cut their losses, and left the movement. But the cult still has plenty of adherents and they’re increasingly setting their sights on a new path – local school boards.
When you think about it, education is the perfect vessel for a group obsessed with child sex predators. Q Anon’s racism coupled with the growing emphasis on social justice in schools, also makes education ripe for the picking.
A San Luis Coastal Unified School District board member shared Q Anon content on Facebook last year. Q Anon believer Amy Facchinello won a six-year term on the Grand Blanc school board in Michigan in November. The movement has also spread to city halls. Mayors, council members, and sheriffs have all jumped aboard the Q Anon crazy train. And there’s probably more coming.
“We need to run for precinct committees, we need to run for City Council, run for school board and primary the RINOs in this room," one Drake Wuertz declared last month at a school board meeting in Seminole County, Florida. Although Wuertz refuses to call himself Q Anon, many of his beliefs and social media postings align with the group’s. That’s another emerging trend.
The National Education Association has sounded its own warning about the phenomenon.
“Conspiracy theorists and proponents of fake news are winning local elections. And their new positions give them a powerful voice in everything from local law enforcement to libraries, trash pickup to textbook purchases,” the NEA warned.
Where they go one, they go all sorts of crazy.