Fears QAnon Preparing for 'Second Revolution' With Repeat of Capitol Riot

There are fears that the violence at the U.S. Capitol could be repeated as supporters of QAnon talk of needing a "second revolution" and returning on January 19 "carrying our weapons."

Followers of the radical movement, which is listed as a domestic terrorist threat by the FBI, were part of the mob of extremists who stormed Congress on Wednesday in what lawmakers described as an attempted coup incited by President Donald Trump.

In the days since the violence that left five people dead, including a police officer, some high-profile followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory have said the military should be brought in to stop Joe Biden entering the White House or claimed that Trump will somehow remain president.

In one widely shared message posted on Parler, a social media site mainly used by conservatives and the far-right, a QAnon supporter with a significant following described how "patriots" would make their way to the capital the day before Biden's inauguration.

"Many of us will return on January 19, 2021, carrying our weapons in support of our nation's resolve, to which the world will never forget," wrote user ColonelTPerez.

"[We] will come in numbers that no standing army and police can match. However the police are NOT our enemy, unless they choose to be."

The post was shared on other social media sites such as Twitter, with many bringing it to the attention of the FBI and police for inciting violence.

Elsewhere Dave Hays, also known as QAnon advocate Praying Medic, appeared to suggest Trump supporters should be personally responsible for removing Biden if the military does not intervene.

"The problem with stealing an election and getting caught: Even if you make it into the White House, how do you keep 80 million people from physically removing you?," Praying Medic tweeted to his 477,000 followers.

In a follow-up blog post, he wrote: "If you think millions of Americans (many of whom are former military) will passively allow their nation to be destroyed, you're delusional. If the military does not intervene and if Biden is inaugurated on the 20th, we could be headed for a second revolution."

Hayes added that he was not endorsing a revolution or an overthrow of the government, but one is likely if "elected leaders continue to deny election fraud."

Trump has been widely blamed for the attack on the Capitol after failing to denounce and even embracing his extremist supporters, as well as falsely claiming he lost the 2020 election because of voter fraud.

Even as the mob was attacking the building, Trump told them, "We love you, you're very special," while asking the protesters to go home, in a post that was removed by Twitter.

Trump later had many of his social media accounts locked over fears he will continue to use the platforms to spread misinformation.

On Thursday, another influential QAnon account—Joe M or @StormIsUponUs—shared Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's statement confirming that Trump's account had been removed indefinitely. The post on Parler also appeared to suggest more attacks were on the way.

"Enemy of the people are now rushing for their trenches, mobilizing the weapons they have left and getting ready for the inevitable strike they know is coming," the post read. "Calm before [the storm]."

In QAnon terminology, "the storm" is the moment that Trump starts arresting high-profile pedophiles and those working for the "deep state," which was meant to have happened several times over the years according to the conspiracy theorists.

QAnon supporters have now moved the goalposts—as they often do when their baseless claims turn out to be wrong—and believe "the storm" will be the moment Trump proves election fraud and remains president for four more years.

Parler reactions to Trump’s video. pic.twitter.com/TImEfLGWdf

— Parlertakes🇺🇸 (@parlertakes) January 8, 2021

Well, I'd like to see the QAnon community rationalize THIS new development instead of facing reality.

*The QAnon community rationalizes this new development instead of facing reality easily*

Ah! Well. Nevertheless, pic.twitter.com/MVWpY8SgQs

— Travis View (@travis_view) January 8, 2021

Many are still holding onto this belief even after Trump finally appeared to admit defeat in a video saying there "will be an orderly transition" on January 20.

"While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it's only the beginning of our fight to make America great again," Trump added.

Ron Watkins, former administrator of messageboard site 8kun, which is used as a hub for QAnon and is also alleged to be the orchestrator behind the entire movement, tweeted: "Biden has been certified by Congress as the winner of the 2020 general election.

"Trump still has about two weeks. Does he have a trick up his sleeve? All eyes on January 20."

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A QAnon sign is seen as crowds gather outside the U.S. Capitol for a Stop the Steal rally on January 6. There are fears QAnon supporters are preparing for a repeat of this week's violence. Robert Nickelsberg/Getty