Will Sommer, author of the new book Trust the Plan: The Rise of QAnon and the Conspiracy That Unhinged America, explains where QAnon came from, why it isn’t going away anytime soon, and how material deprivation helps drive conspiracy theories.
Will Sommer is the author of Trust the Plan: The Rise of QAnon and the Conspiracy That Unhinged America and a politics reporter for the Daily Beast. He previously worked as a campaign editor at the Hill, and as a political columnist for Washington City Paper.
Much of the news these days is unhinged, but nothing can compare, in terms of pure lunacy, with QAnon. The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer, longtime observer of the far right, spoke with Jacobin to explain QAnon’s origins and evolution — and why he thinks the movement is here to stay even if “Q” and “The Storm” are never heard from again.