QAnon Influencers Believe Donald Trump Gave Them a Signal At Ohio Rally

QAnon influencers have suggested that Donald Trump gave a signal to the online conspiracy movement during his speech at a rally in Ohio on Saturday evening.

Trump spoke at a rally for Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance in Youngstown in a bid to shore up support ahead of the upcoming midterms.

An instrumental track could be heard in the background as Trump told the audience that the U.S. was a nation in decline. As the music played several people in the crowd could be seen holding their index fingers in the air.

The song heard sounds not dissimilar to 2020 track WWG1WGA by a musician using the name Richard Feelgood. WWG1WGA, meaning "where we go one we go all," is a common slogan used by members of the QAnon conspiracy movement.

Newsweek has reached out to a Trump spokesperson for comment.

The debunked QAnon conspiracy theory holds Trump is a messianic figure and claims he will expose Democrats, celebrities and business owners as being part of a global network of Satanic cannibalistic pedophiles.

Those in the movement have made numerous Trump has given coded signals and have made predictions that have failed to come true, such as the arrest of President Joe Biden during his inauguration.

Donald Trump and QAnon follower
A split image of Donald Trump and a QAnon follower. QAnon followers celebrated Trump's choice of music online, believing it to be a signal to the movement. Getty

Media Matters For America, a left-leaning media analyst, noted Trump had previously used the song in an August 9 post on his social media platform Truth Social.

It added the video featured visual imagery of thunderstorms, which are regularly cited by QAnon followers who wait for an event called "The Storm" in which members of a supposed global cabal will be arrested and sent to be executed.

Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich previously told Vice News the song was not Feelgood's, but a song called Mirrors by TV and film composer Will Van De Crommert.

But Media Matters claimed the audio profiles of both songs were "virtually identical" after it analyzed them using the audio editing software Audacity.

Following Trump's speech, QAnon influencers took to the social media platform Telegram to celebrate the ex-president's music choice and believed he had sent a signal to them.

Influencers shared images of the crowd holding their index fingers up and said QAnons, the conspiracy's followers, could even expect Trump himself to declare himself to be "Q."

"Q" refers to the person behind the online account who spread the conspiracy on internet forums while claiming to be a figure inside the U.S. government. There has been no evidence to suggest Trump or his team have been behind the account.

Stormy Patriot Joe, who has 114,730 subscribers on their Telegram channel, said: "DJT (Donald J. Trump) played the WWG1WGA music without the thunder and rain tonight at the rally. Could this mean we in the eye of the storm?"

The channel Ultra Pepe Lives Matter shared a photo of the rally with the WWG1WGA slogan and told their 208,490 followers: "Trump played the WWG1WGA song behind his speech yet again. I would like a formal apology from all the haters. Anons were right this entire time."

"Now would be a great time for another Q drop. My body is ready. Trump should just walk out on stage, tell everyone he's Q+, drop the mic, go board his plane and see what happens."

QAnon influencer Jordan Sather told his 84,610 subscribers: "Everyone in the front row of the crowd is holding up a '1' - (finger emoji) - while the WWG1WGA song plays in the background."

Truth Hammer, who has 71,675 followers, posted: "Trump playing clips from the WWG1WGA song again is a direct (middle finger emoji) to anybody upset by doing so.

"He's doing nothing less than identifying with a bottom-up grassroots take-over of the corrupt government, using a movement he helped start."

QAnon analyst Mike Rothschild told Newsweek that Trump has shared QAnon-related content.

"He's definitely been sharing more Q material on Truth Social, and the use of the 'WWG1WGA' song, or at least a song that sounds like it, feels like a pretty blatant shoutout," Rothschild added.

"That said, Q believers are infamous for taking anything​ and turning it into a reference to Q. They'd get excited when Trump did his 'circle pointing' gesture and thought it was him making 'air Q's.'"

"So no matter what the intent is - whether it's a reference to QAnon or not - they'll see it as a reference to QAnon. I'd never seen the finger-pointing gesture done at a Trump rally, and it has nothing to do with Q that I know of - but now they think it does," Rothschild said.

"And it would be nice if the people around Trump understood how dangerous this movement is, but they enjoy sending out signals to Q believers and basking in the reaction they get, so I don't expect that to change."

QAnon influencers have managed to gain influence among Republicans, with some GOP candidates even attending conventions hosted by members of the conspiracy movement.

Last year, several Republican State lawmakers and candidates attended the For God and Country: Patriot Double Down, an event organized by John Sabal, who was previously known by his Telegram moniker QAnon John.

Among them was Ron Watkins, accused of at one time being behind the Q account, who went on to run a failed campaign to represent Arizona for the GOP in the House of Representatives.

Former New York City mayor and Trump's former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has also been listed as a speaker at Sabal's upcoming For God and Country: Victory Roundup scheduled to be held in Dallas between November 18 and 20.