‘A car crash you can’t look away from’
Jadeja, the former QAnon believer, is Australian. But he said he’s he’s always been interested in American politics. He spent time studying in the US, living in Queens, New York. His nationality is a testament to the fact that QAnon has spread well beyond the United States.
“If you’d look in Australian politics, it’s boring by comparison,” Jadeja said. “American politics, it’s like it’s like a car crash you can’t look away from.”
During the 2016 US presidential election, Jadeja said, he was drawn to then-candidate Bernie Sanders. He liked what Sanders had to say about inequality and his “anti-establishment sentiment.”
But then Trump won. “That kind of really kicked it all off for me,” Jadeja said.
It felt to him like the world was shocked by Trump’s win. How had seemingly no one seen it coming? And most importantly, who had? “I kind of switched off from all mainstream media,” Jadeja said.
That’s when he began listening to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and reading Infowars, which exposed him to QAnon theories for the first time. By December 2017, he identified as a Q follower.
Around this period, Jadeja said, he was in the midst of a 15 year struggle to finish his degree. He’d pulled away from friends and become socially isolated. “I just felt completely overwhelmed… I was probably in a deep depression I think when I found Q,” he says.
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