QANON followers claim that the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan is a hoax being used to distract the US public from election fraud claims.
Other conspiracy theorists believe that while the resurgence of the Taliban in the country is real, that it was orchestrated by Presidente Joe Biden, again in an effort to distract from an election audit in Arizona.
Despite videos emerging from Afghanistan of the panic and violence, the theory has amassed a following since being shared by popular figure Ron Watkins on his Telegram and Gab accounts.
Watkins is the former administrator of 8kun, a website that facilitated the rise of QAnon, secondo Vice.
“The ongoing failure in Afghanistan is just the beginning of a planned distraction campaign so they can ignore the Maricopa County audit results,” Watkins said on Telegram on Tuesday.
“All eyes on Maricopa County!"
The post has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times with thousands of users commenting below in agreement.
Watkins is among those who have previously claimed that an ongoing audit in Maricopa County will reveal the long-claimed allegations of election fraud and spark a string of similar audits.
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The theory claims that the results of these audits will then reveal Donald Trump won the election but that it was stolen from him by Biden.
The Trump campaign has refused to accept the election loss despite presenting no evidence of widespread fraud and multiple lawsuits being thrown out of court in various swing states.
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The Afghanistan crisis is the latest national event to be branded a “false flag” by QAnon believers, who have presented “evidence” in an attempt to prove their theory.
They have noted that a widely shared video of a US military plane surrounded by Afghans on the tarmac as it left the runway at Kabul Airport on Sunday was numbered 1109.
They claim that the number flipped is “911,” or 9/11, a significant figure in the QAnon world.
Believers also claimed that Trump’s statement on the Taliban takeover contained a QAnon message.
They said the use of the phrase “fall of Kabul” is a reference to “Fall of Cabal,” a QAnon video series considered a foundational text.
Others have branded videos of bodies falling from the plane as desperate people clung on during take-off as “fake news.”
‘THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION CONSPIRED’
In one of the more extreme parts of the conspiracy theory, some believers have even claimed that Biden is involved, despite the president being highly criticized for his handling of the crisis.
“Wait until everyone realizes that the Biden administration conspired to reinstall the Taliban government in Afghanistan,” one Telegram user wrote.
“Notice how easy it was to take over the country. Does it seem a little staged? The US literally handed over the country & all the U.S. assets. Perché?
“The Biden administration is anxious to re-establish the trafficking network. Anche, why were Biden and Psaki both on “vacation” when all this happened?"
The Arizona Senate’s audit liaison office told Vice that the report will be presented to Senate President Karen Fann on Friday.
It comes as more and more QAnon theories fail to come true and the goalposts for Trump’s alleged imminent return are constantly pushed back.
It was previously claimed that Trump would be returned to the White House by August 13 but the date went by with Biden still in office.
BIDEN FACES BACKLASH
Biden is facing intense backlash over Afghanistan with Republicans touting the idea of invoking the 25th Amendment that could see him removed from office as the crisis deepens.
Calls to impeach Biden grew louder after Taliban insurgents seized Kabul on Sunday, sparking a humiliating retreat.
Despite growing criticism among both Democrats and Republicans, Biden said he has “no regrets” about his decision to withdraw troops.
He said the US will continue to support the Afghan people, push for regional diplomacy, and speak out for the rights of Afghans.
Biden’s speech to Americans on Monday did little to stem the barrage of criticism that he’s faced in recent days.
Media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal described the president’s address as “shameful.”