QAnon subscribers excited for Mike Pompeo’s photo “Checkmate”

Supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory got excited in a way only they know how after Mike Pompeo tweeted a photo of him playing chess while eating dried pineapple.

Pompeo’s tweet on Sunday night appears to support Taiwan after China banned imports of Taiwanese pineapples citing “pest creatures” that could affect its own crops, which Taiwanese leaders say is more of a political decision than any concern agricultural.

“As a freedom supporter, tasting Taiwanese dried pineapple. Checkmate,” Pompeo tweeted, showing a photo of him playing chess.

For QAnon supporters, the tweet and photo have nothing to do with international trade disputes, but rather serve as a coded reference that justifies their beliefs and proves that another prediction of their so-called “plan” can still be seen. to come true.

Much of the QAnon movement involves deciphering the coded messages that first appeared on 4chan, before later moving on to 8chan and 8kun, from a mysterious character known as “Q” who they say is would have high-level security clearance from the government.

These messages, also known as drops or “crumbs”, were seen as clues which were then interpreted to form the basis of what conspiracy theorists believe, including that there is a cabal of satanic pedophiles and a “deep state” that Donald Trump would exhibit. during his tenure as president.

Since October 2017, thousands of such posts have appeared online, with the frequency slowing down considerably when Trump lost the election in November.

There have been no new posts since December 8, with a recent HBO series on QAnon concluding that the person who played a major role in composing the posts was not someone with a security clearance. high-level government but in fact Ron Watkins, the former administrator of 8kun.

The lack of new drops appearing, or the suggestion that their leader is in fact an infamous internet troll whose site hosts child pornography, has not affected QAnon.

Instead of waiting for new messages to guide them, their followers are content to decipher the catalog of thousands already online to meet their needs, including attempts to suggest world events long predicted by Q.

In this case, QAnon supporters were excited about Pompeo’s use of “checkmate” as the word appears in a drop from May 2020, albeit in a very vague passage on chess tactics.

Others were also enthusiastic about the placement of Pompeo’s pieces on the chessboard.

“If it’s not communications, I don’t know what it is. He literally won the game with his knight on D5,” wrote a widely shared QAnon Telegram account with nearly 15,000 subscribers.

The account then clarified its post to note that Pompeo did not actually win the match despite his checkmate comment, but “the queen is in danger”.

For QAnon, D5 is one of the many phrases, catchphrases and number mixtures of letters that they see in everyday life and interpret as a nod to their movement.

D5 is supposed to refer to December 5, a date that QAnon supporters believed in recent years would be a judgment day to show they were right. Again, the reason is that Q references D5 in a number of his late 2018 drops.

Details of what could happen on December 5 were never made clear, but QAnon supporters have still been looking forward to this day every year since 2018.

Much like hundreds of unsuccessful QAnon predictions, such as Trump carrying out mass executions of satanic pedophiles during Joe Biden’s inauguration or returning as president on March 4, no such significant QAnon event occurred in December. .

Despite this, some influential QAnon advocates still choose to view Pompeo’s Twitter post as meaningful using their own distorted interpretations of world events.

“If Mike Pompeo’s latest tweet isn’t a communication, then I don’t know what it is,” wrote Telegram account Pepe Lives Matter, which has over 63,000 subscribers.

“Pompeo’s checkmate tweet increased my hopium levels 17-fold,” he added. The number 17 is significant in the QAnon world because Q is the 17th letter of the alphabet.

“What Pompeo is showing is that his next move from D5 to F6 will give him full control of the board, including the most important center of the board to dictate moves up to Checkmate!” another QAnon supporter wrote in a Telegram channel with over 72,000 subscribers.

“The position of the chessboard also shows that whatever the other side does, nothing can stop what happens … even if the other side still has all of its pieces in play!”

Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference held at the Hyatt Regency on February 27, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. QAnon supporters got excited in a way only they know how after former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted a photo of him playing chess.
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