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Democrats wearing ankle monitoring bracelets? Fiji water? We try to explain the latest pro-Trump conspiracy theory.
The proliferation of fake news that emerged during the 2016 presidential election is still growing, and it’s much worse than you imagined. On the internet, you can now find a whole mess of conspiracy theories surrounding Russia, President Donald Trump, and Hillary Clinton.
And now, there’s a hashtag for one involving many, many layers. It’s called #FollowTheWhiteRabbit. The line is taken from Lewis Carroll’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and it’s also appeared many times in pop culture. Neo is told to follow the White Rabbit at the beginning of The Matrix.
But what happens if you follow the White Rabbit on Twitter? You fall down a very convoluted rabbit hole.
Some Twitter users (who are, notably, Pro-Trump) used the hashtag to reference an Alice in Wonderland-themed party that Obama threw in 2012. In this scenario, Obama is apparently Alice. Are you already lost? You should be. It doesn’t make any sense.
Alice In Wonderland – as told by @realDonaldTrump
Code Names: Alice = Obama Wonderland = DC 👇👇👇👇 https://t.co/MhpufF2SUu
— 🇺🇸Trump🌪️Chick🇺🇸 (@Wonder_Chick_) November 16, 2017
With unempoyment over 10% in 2009, @BarackObama held an extravagant Alice in Wonderland party. He is a man of the people!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2012
If Obama is Alice, then the White Rabbit is….Hugh Hefner?
— 🔥Type of Way (@cajunsoulfire74) November 20, 2017
Many of the tweets that use the White Rabbit hashtag also reference #QAnon or simply Q. What is that? Or, more accurately, who is it? According to a Reddit post from November 7, it stands for an anonymous person who claimed to have Q-level security clearance. This person posted theories about a sequence of events that are supposed to rid the world of evil and take down a few powerful families, signing “Q” at the end. Q apparently made references to Alice in Wonderland, which prompted the hashtag.
Now, Q’s followers are looking for clues that the claims are legit. Here are some of the conspiracies emerging from the Follow the White Rabbit hashtag:
People think that Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, as well as Sen. John McCain, hid ankle monitoring bracelets under their walkable casts. In reality, they wore the casts to treat different injuries. McCain, for instance, suffered a tear to his Achilles tendon.
Can anyone confirm that Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and John McCain have this boot on their leg? Rumor is going around that they have an ankle monitor they're trying to cover up. Were they indicted? #FollowTheWhiteRabbit pic.twitter.com/ZcExtRUQiU
— Becki ❤ (@becki_p20) November 17, 2017
Others believe that when Trump drank Fiji water during a press conference, it meant that he knows something about Pizzagate. Pizzagate, if you’ve tried to forget, claimed that Hillary Clinton’s campaign was running a pedophile ring out of a Washington, D.C. pizzeria. Of course, it’s false. But many people still believe it’s real, and those same people are supporting the White Rabbit conspiracies.
— JilliSizzle (@JilliSizzle) November 17, 2017
What message was Trump sending? And to who? Upon research I (and others) have found some links. The owner of Fiji Water Lynda Resnick sponsored Hillary’s address in Chicago. Fiji is also known for human trafficking! #FollowTheWhiteRabbit #QAnon #TheStorm #MAGA #TheStormisHere pic.twitter.com/aU1Zu7dqzo
— TheTrumpTrain® 🚂💨 (@Trump_For_2020) November 16, 2017
Yup. Knew the Fiji water bottle was a clue yesterday. Then it trended so quickly with insults. @realDonaldTrump knew what he was doing! Water in wrong place. Two hands. Glaring face. Chin up. Slow. Then a second time later in speech! #QAnon #Followthewhiterabbit
— NorthAmericaWatch🇺🇸🇨🇦🇬🇧 (@Flying4JC) November 16, 2017
Another part of the White Rabbit conspiracy claims that the wealthy Rothschild family controls the world.
— April Shark (@April1Shark) November 16, 2017
I was surprised to realise so many people still have no idea who the #Rothchilds are. I saw this meme years ago and it started my journey down the rabbit hole. Who is this man that Mr Burns is based off??? Everyone should know. #FollowTheWhiteRabbit pic.twitter.com/yZVAL8CyuT
— Kaylee (@dontyelltalk) November 18, 2017
This is probably as deep as you want to go into the rabbit hole. Go back now while you still know what facts are.
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