Hundreds of QAnon supporters gathered on the infamous grassy knoll in Dallas on Tuesday in anticipation of President John F. Kennedy’s long-dead son JFK Jr. announcing that he is alive and will run as Donald Trump‘s vice presidential candidate in 2024.
John F. Kennedy Jr. died in a plane crash off the coast of Massachusetts in 1999, along with his wife, Carolyn Bessette and her sister, Lauren. Navy divers found their bodies still strapped into their seats in the wreckage 18 hours after his plane, which he was piloting, disappeared.
Pictures posted to social media by Steven Monacelli, the publisher of Protean magazine, showed scores of people gathered outside the AT&T Discovery Plaza in Dallas at around 8pm on Monday.
Most were wearing shirts proudly displaying their support for Trump, with one women seen wearing a campaign-style T-shirt emblazoned with the words: ‘Trump/JFK Jr.’
The next day, crowds could be seen on the grassy knoll where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, as they eagerly awaited the return of his long-dead son JFK Jr.
The QAnon crowd recited the Pledge of Allegiance at 12.29pm, expecting JFK Jr. to make his announcement at 12.30pm, and chanted, ‘Let’s Go Brandon,’ a euphemism for ”F*** Joe Biden,’ as they held a Trump/Kennedy flag.
As Monacelli writes, they were there due to a ‘popular QAnon theory recently’ that ‘JFK Jr., of the Kennedy family, will be making a big announcement at Dealey Plaza by the grassy knoll.’
The event shows the power the QAnon movement still wields among its diehard supporters.
When he didn’t show up, supporters said he would instead come at a Rolling Stones concert later in the evening, as some became convinced that people in the area were dead celebrities – including Robin Williams and Richard Pryor, according to the Daily Beast.
JFK Jr. is a popular figure within the QAnon conspiracy movement, with some believing that he is in fact Q, the group’s anonymous leader.
In 2019, Forbes reports, some believers expected him to return on July 4, again as Trump’s running mate.
The conspiracy theorists now reportedly believe JFK Jr., the son of former President John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy Onassis, will reveal he switched political affiliations and faked his own death to avoid retribution, according to Gizmodo.
A crowd began to form on the infamous grassy knoll in Dallas, Texas as they waited for JFK Jr. to make his big announcement
Some of the supporters were seen chanting ‘Let’s Go Brandon,’ a euphemism for ‘F*** Joe Biden’ as they held a Trump/Kennedy flag
The crowds lined up as they waited for JFK Jr to appear at 12.30pm – he did not
JFK Jr. is the son of former President John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy Onassis
He died in a plane crash off the coast of Massachusetts with his wife Carolyn in 1999
A popular QAnon theory, though, holds that he faked his death
According to the theory, he would announce that he was running with former President Donald J. Trump in the 2024 presidential election, but Trump would step down and let JFK Jr. step in as president and appoint former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn as his vice president.
Trump would then ‘most likely’ become the king of kings, a popular QAnon Telegram account with more than 100,000 subscribers wrote about the conspiracy in a post on Monday. It did not specify what becoming the ‘king of kings’ would entail.
They also believed that after JFK Jr. would appear, the clocks would go back an hour, people would adopt the Julian calendar, and the date would go back to October 20, according to Newsweek.
JFK Jr., the theory posits, will then help usher in a new age American prosperity, as his father did in the 1960s.
Another user on Telegram, under the name Negative48, also offered the theory that JFK, JFK Jr. and Jackie Kennedy would all reappear, after which JFL would tour the world for seven days, transfer the presidency back to Trump and die, Gizmodo reports, even though that is not how presidential power works.
It is unclear why the QAnon followers thought JFK Jr. would appear at the location where his father was famously murdered in 1963.
But despite the fervor, 12.30pm came and went, Monacelli writes, and JFK Jr. did not appear.
One person on Telegram wrote afterwards: ‘I’m sad for everybody. We now look like a bunch of liars, but let’s keep the faith,’ BBC Journalist Shayan Sardarizadeh said.
Pictures posted to social media by Steven Monacelli showed scores of people gathered outside the AT&T Discovery Plaza in Dallas at around 8pm on Monday, many of whom were wearing pro-Trump shirts
One of the shirts appeared to be a campaign-style T-shirt reading ‘Trump/JFK Jr. 2024’
But not every member of the QAnon movement believes that JFK Jr. will come back, Newsweek reports.
John Sabal, who organized the QAnon for God and Country: Patriot Double Down convention in October said the belief would make the movement ‘look absolutely insane.’
He shared the prophetic post on his own Telegram page, writing: ‘Here’s another example of new-age blasphemous hot garbage propaganda that’s currently in circulation.
‘None of this is of our true movement or was ever mentioned in a single drop. Not ever,’ he wrote about the belief. ‘There is only one king of kings and that is our Lord and Savior Yeshua/Jesus Christ.
‘This couldn’t be more wrong.’
In another post shared on Tuesday as the crowds descended on the grassy knoll, Sabal implored his followers to spread their message at public meetings and added ‘JFK J dead or alive won’t help us.
‘Get involved in your community, go to every meeting, let your voice be heard,’ he wrote, according to Newsweek. ‘Help people wake up. Be nice about it.’
Q, the group’s leader, has also explicitly spoken out against the JFK Jr. conspiracy, according to Travis View, a conspiracy theory researcher and co-host of the QAnon Anonymous podcast.
‘Q has repeatedly denied that JFK Jr. is alive, but some of the QAnon community insist that he will return despite that,’ he told Gizmodo.
The QAnon conspiracy movement has grown in recent years. Here a man wearing a QAnon t-shirt was seen waiting in line for a rally featuring former President Donald Trump on September 25, 2021 in Georgia
It holds that Trump is waging a secret war against a global cabal of elite Satan-worshipping pedophiles in government, business and the media. A supporter of the movement is seen here holding up a sign outside the North Carolina GOP convention in June 2021
The QAnon conspiracy theory movement is a wide-ranging conspiracy theory that Trump is waging a secret war against a global cabal of elite Satan worshipping pedophiles in government, business and the media.
Its followers believe Trump will expose the pedophiles, order its members be arrested and sentenced to death.
It is believed that the conspiracy began in October 2017 with a post on an obscure, rightwing 4Chan chatroom titled Calm Before the Storm and written by someone using the name Q Clearance Patriot.
Since then, it has grown with thousands of followers, some of whom were involved in the Capitol riots on January 6.