QAnon Followers Believe Donald Trump Used 'Body Double' At Arizona Rally

QAnon followers have whipped each other into a new frenzy, claiming Donald Trump was not at his rally in Arizona on Saturday, but that the person they saw was actually a "body doubly" or even John F. Kennedy in disguise.

Many QAnon followers descended on Florence on Saturday to get a glimpse of former President, himself a major figure in the conspiracy's bizarre mythos.

After Trump emerged to rapturous applause from his dedicated fanbase, the former President railed against Joe Biden's Presidency and once again made unfounded claims the 2020 Presidential Election was somehow stolen.

During the speech, however, many QAnon followers carefully examined Trump's appearance and leaped to the conclusion that the former president was not at the rally, but was either JFK or a body double.

Newsweek found dozens of accounts across social media platforms Telegram and Twitter that have pushed the baseless claims since Saturday.

Unfounded claims were made on a 58,940-subscriber-strong Telegram channel under an image of Trump that had been marked with red circles, noting some supposed differences to his previous appearances.

Under the post, which had been viewed more than 11,000 times as of Monday morning, one user said: "Body double for sure. Personally, I think he's insulated."

Another said: "When he came out…I instantly felt it was not him. I kept trying to convince myself that it was. He was not talking with his hands like he normally does.

"He didn't pause and inhale a lot. He sounded nervous in the beginning. Side profile looked different. Voice was a little deeper."

A QAnon follower with 7,000 Twitter followers claimed JFK would be at the rally despite the fact he would have been 104 years old had he not been assassinated in 1963.

The user said: "Trump rally watchers: It appears President JFK will be President Trump tonight. I'm just saying…Enjoy the show."

While many more QAnon followers pushed the baseless claims, other members of the conspiracy movement dismissed the speculation outright and insisted Trump was at the rally.

Republican Congressional candidate Ron Watkins, who has been accused of at one time being behind the "Q" account that sparked the online conspiracy, slapped down claims Trump was not at the rally.

In an audio clip uploaded to Twitter by account @2022_Karma, Watkins responded to claims of a body double and said: "Well, I was at the rally and I saw Trump and it's not a body double that was actually him."

QAnon followers and influencers arrived at Saturday's rally in the hopes of seeing Trump up close, as he occupies a central place in the QAnon mythos.

Nestled among the crowd of thousands was Michael Protzman, leader of the Dallas QAnon faction that descended on the Texas city last autumn in the hopes of seeing JFK Jr. alive—despite the fact he died in a plane crash back in 1999.

Protzman has promoted beliefs considered fringe even among ardent QAnon followers, which includes Trump being of Jesus Christ's bloodline as well as fascist dictator Benito Mussolini's nephew.

QAnon followers do, however, believe in an extreme conspiracy theory that claims that an elitist cabal of cannibalistic pedophiles will be exposed by Trump who will then order for its members to be arrested and executed.

Influencers within the conspiracy movement have pushed the anticipated arrests would happen on numerous occasions in an event known as "Red October."

But as numerous predictions failed to come true, including that mass arrests would happen during Biden's inauguration, followers started to move away from the conspiracy movement.

Last year, a disgruntled QAnon follower wrote an open letter to Trump after numerous predictions failed to come true.

Telegram user Donny Warren said: "We have seen nothing happen. I told a few of my 'awake' friends that either this would be the best Thanksgiving ever or the worst. Guess which one it was?"

Warren later added: "For months I have anticipated each day with excitement knowing that I was watching my President and his crews of patriots take back our country and our freedom."

Donald Trump in Arizona
Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Canyon Moon Ranch festival grounds on January 15, 2022 in Florence, Arizona. Many QAnon followers believed Trump was not at the rally and the person they saw was, in fact, a body double. Mario Tama / Staff/Getty

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