QAnon React Gleefully to Trump's Mar-A-Lago Home FBI Raid: 'Trust the Plan'

Followers of a debunked QAnon conspiracy theory have reacted with glee and optimism following the FBI raid at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home, as they believe it is part of "the plan" that will somehow end in the former president's favor.

The FBI raid on the Florida resort sent shockwaves through the American right when the agency executed a search warrant amid allegations Trump has unlawfully kept White House records.

Trump himself branded the raid as a "witch hunt," and Republican politicians such as Texas Senator Ted Cruz described it as "corrupt and an abuse of power."

The FBI ordered the raid after Trump allegedly took 15 boxes of presidential records meant for the National Archives to Mar-a-Lago, according to The Washington Post.

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A split image of former President Donald Trump and a QAnon follower. QAnon followers reacted to the raid at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home with optimism. Getty Images

But QAnon influencers, known for their fanatical support of Trump, had a more optimistic outlook on the raid and reassured their followers to trust FBI director Christopher Wray and "the plan."

Their apparent trust in the FBI director and "the plan" is linked to posts by the Q account that spread the conspiracy online which told followers to "trust Wray."

Qanon influencer Stormy Patriot Joe told his Telegram 112,899 followers: "Q told us to 'trust Wray.' Who leads the FBI?"

He later added: "Q told us 'how do you get evidence entered legally?' FBI gets the info on the record. Q asks 'who has all the information?' DJT [Donald J. Trump] does.

"I've been saying it since Q posted it. So absolutely nothing happening now is a surprise to me. I am 100% calm. Trust The Plan."

Prominent QAnon figure Jordan Sather, who has more than 83,230 Telegram followers, said: "Call me a crazy nut bucket but I actually do trust Wray. I think we've been watching the influence operation of all influence operations take place over the last two years.

"How fast did Trump's statement come out after Mar-a-Lago was raised (sic)? Trump wasn't on site (Mar-a-Lago closed for the summer so he stays in Bedminster I presume) and he claimed it was 'unannounced.' Trump's a very fast writer."

John Sabal, who has hosted QAnon events with GOP politicians as speakers, referred to a 2018 post by the Q account that mentioned an FBI raid on Trump's then-lawyer Michael Cohen in his Telegram post about the events at Mar-a-Lago.

He posted: "Interesting indeed. Was this raid part of 'the plan?'"

Sabal later added: "Biden set out to completely destroy our nation's trust and confidence. With this FBI raid, he has done just that.

"He has destroyed confidence in all federal government institutions and law enforcement agencies. What little was left in the public perception. It had to happen. We had to get to this point.

"The system has been officially broken. Watch Trump and the white hats [good guys] put the broken pieces back together. MAGA."

QAnon influencer Ultra Pepe Lives Matter, which has some 203,175 Telegram followers, posted: "It's important to understand something right now. The storm is definitely coming in and it may get extremely wild and unpredictable.

"But the end is this: Nothing can stop what is coming. Period. I truly believe that Trump knows how this ends and he had a plan. When the chaos closes in, choose to trust God and remember that Trump repeatedly told us the best was yet to come.

"He knows it. Q knows it. Anons know it. Whatever twists happen in the coming months just remember to buckle your seatbelt, be prepared and heat up at least 17 bags of popcorn. We are entering the final phases of this journey.

"This is not the time to be discouraged. The storm wipes them all way (sic). Have faith we didn't come this far for no reason."

"Trust the plan" and "the storm" has been a recurring phrase used within the conspiracy theory movement since it first appeared online in 2017.

QAnon followers believe a secretive cabal of cannibalistic pedophiles control and influence events and governments around the world. These followers are also convinced Trump not only knows about the cabal but that he will expose it.

Influencers within the movement have repeatedly explained away events as somehow being part of "the plan."

After a failed prediction that President Joe Biden and others would be arrested at his inauguration on the orders of Trump, several influencers attempted to convince their followers it was part of "the plan."

Mike Rothschild, author of The Storm Is Upon Us: How QAnon Became a Movement, Cult, and Conspiracy Theory of Everything, told Newsweek that QAnon followers will see the raid as a part of the cabal's plan to take Trump down and that those responsible will be brought to justice should he return to power.

He added: "While a number of prominent right-wing accounts are using hyperbolic language about war and violence in reaction to the FBI raid, Q believers continue to think that everything is unfolding according to the plan that Donald Trump has been carrying out for years.

"In this 'plan' - which doesn't exist - every seeming Trump loss is a victory, and the FBI raid will turn out to be a great victory when it exposes the corruption of the federal government and reveals that Trump did nothing wrong. It's part of the optimism that Q espouses - everything will turn out okay, and the bad people will get what's coming to them."

But Rothschild noted the QAnon movement remains fractured despite relatively recent Q posts on the website 8kun, but that its ideas remain popular among its followers.

He continued: "The buzz from the last Q drops has faded out, and the Q research board on 8kun is almost unusable now due to hacks and denial of service attacks. So QAnon itself is pretty marginalized. But the ideas behind Q, the philosophy that underpins it, that's all doing fine, and just as popular as ever."