Video has emerged of a so-called QAnon convention which took place in Scottsdale, Arizona, last October in which supporters were told to consider starting a war in the “back of your mind.”
The footage from inside QCon was originally recorded by producers of the QAnon Anonymous podcast before later being shown on CNN.
Among some of those seen at the convention is Jake Angeli, aka the QAnon Shaman, who is facing criminal charges for taking part in the January 6 attack on the Capitol, and Jim Watkins, who runs the controversial messageboard site 8Kun, which has become an online hub for QAnon conspiracies.
Alan Hostetter, one of two men who sponsored a rally near the U.S. Capitol one day before the deadly attack on January 6, also appeared at the convention as a speaker, suggesting “we are at war right now.”
“No one wants violence, but we are conditioned from the time we are children in this country to always think that violence is a horrible, horrible thing,” he said.
“Until we go back and reflect on the Revolutionary War, they picked up guns at some point and went ‘enough’, until we reflect on the Civil War, we ended slavery by picking up guns.
“We don’t want that to have to happen, but it always has to be something in the back of your mind.”
This week, Hostetter‘s home in Orange County, California, was raided by the FBI in the wake of the insurrection.
CNN reported that Hostetter told the crowd at the January 5 rally to prepare for “war tomorrow” against the “vipers” in Congress who refused to reverse the 2020 Election results in favor of Donald Trump.
He has not been charged with any involvement in the actual riot at the Capitol on January 6.
In the wake of the deadly attack at the Capitol, police claimed they were not aware of any intelligence to suggest that people were planning to travel to Washington D.C. with the intent to cause violence, despite the online rhetoric from the radical movement listed as a terrorist threat by the FBI and other extremist groups.
The group can be heard laughing and cheering as Trump tells host Savannah Guthrie: “You told me, but what you tell me doesn’t necessarily make it fact” when she informs him of what QAnon is after he claimed, “I know nothing about QAnon, I know very little.”
“So we have 17 days between now and a massive Trump victory, how do we feel about that?” one speaker at the convention asks before being greeted by applause.