- On the Fourth of July, General Michael Flynn tweeted out a video of him and five others taking part in the “Take the Oath” trend started by QAnon
- Flynn used the #TakTheOath hashtag which is also now included in his Twitter bio and ended the video with the QAnon saying, “Where we go one we go all”
- Take the Oath is believed to have started on 8Kun on June 24 and spread to other social media platforms
- On June 27, U.S. Senate nominee in Oregon, Jo Rae Perkins tweeted out her Take the Oath video with the #WWG1WGA hashtag
Ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the online conspiracy group known as QAnon has seen a substantial increase in its social media presence. With a growing number of people sharing QAnon related conspiracies, it really should come as no surprise that General Michael Flynn and others are trying to pander to this growing conspiracy audience.
On the Fourth of July, Flynn tweeted out a video of him and five other people pledging an oath. The group ends the oath by saying, “Where we go one, we go all,” one of the most common sayings from QAnon followers. It is typically seen in the abbreviated version, “WWG1WGA.” In the caption, Flynn used the hashtag #TakeTheOath. Flynn has also added the hashtag to his bio.
Flynn was just one of the latest to take part in the now-viral “Take the Oath” trend. The trend is believed to have started on June 24 on 8Kun, formerly known as 8Chan which is the home of QAnon. After a user posted the oath of office U.S. senators and other politicians take when sworn into office, another user commented, “Take the oath. Mission forward.”
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
On June 27, U.S. Senate nominee in Oregon, Jo Rae Perkins, tweeted out a Take the Oath video. While she did not verbally confirm any influence from QAnon, in the caption she did include the hashtags, #TakeTheOath, #DigitalSoldiers, and #WWG1WGA.
Perkins’ video was not the first time she has publicly shown allegiance to QAnon. In May, Perkins tweeted out a video clip where she held up a sticker that read “WWG1WGA.” Perkins said, “I stand with President Trump, I stand with Q and the team. Thank you anons, thank you patriots, and together we can save our Republic.” Perkins is a financial advisor that defeated three other Republican candidates to win the Senate primary. She is running against Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley in November.
Flynn’s involvement with QAnon is a topic that has been argued both inside the conspiracy group and outside. Between Flynn briefly serving as President Donald Trump’s national security advisor and taking a plea deal from Special Counsel Robert Mueller for lying about his Russian contacts, some believe he could be Q. Others believe he was a victim of the ruthless deep state. Flynn had dropped hints that he is an ally but has for the most part remained silent in regards to his support of QAnon for a long while.
In March of last year, Flynn’s son, Michael Flynn Jr., became vocal over his stance against QAnon. While his son publicly admitted to being a QAnon skeptic, Flynn’s siblings, Joseph Flynn and Barbara Redgate, were openly sending support to QAnon believers. Joseph at one point tweeted out the letter “Q” then later removed the tweet and claimed he must have been hacked by “the team.” The tweet was believed to feed into the belief that a team of the best hackers works with Trump in a fictitious battle against a human trafficking cabal led by the Democrats and prominent Hollywood figures, such as Tom Hanks. Redgate has always been bolder and known to use the WWG1WGA hashtag.
After Flynn signed a copy of his memoir with “WWG1WGA,” QAnon believed it was proof that Q is real. Flynn Jr. went on Twitter and told Flynn supporters to “stop with the conspiracy theories.” He also claimed that his father has “ZERO to do with Q.” Following his Fourth of July video, there is no doubt that Flynn is pandering to the QAnon audience.