Nothing says spooky season like conspiracy-themed Halloween costumes.
Amazon is hawking QAnon wares to children, like “Q”-adorned capes and witch hats, just in time for trick or treating. One cloak is polyester and features a massive “Q” in an American flag motif. The letter is shorthand for the group that believes in the “deep state” and spreads false claims, including that celebs like Oprah and Tom Hanks are part of an elite circle of child sex-traffickers.
One item for sale, called the “Deepstate Hooded Cape Cloak,” costs $21.88 and features a fiery “Q” and “Qanon” scrolled on the bottom. Yet another accessory: a cape with the face of the president emblazoned on it, along with the acronym “WWG1WGA,” or “Where we go one, we go all,” along the bottom. A $15 hat depicts a white rabbit, another symbol for the wacky group.
“Halloween ideas?” wrote one Twitter user with a screengrab of the eyebrow-raising outfits. “How about wrapping your child in a cloak of paranoia, fear and dissociative disorders?”
The conspiracy that sprang from Pizzagate, a crackpot theory that accused the Clintons of running a pedophile ring out of a D.C. pizza shop, now has a large online following — and apparently, merch. Hats, T-shirts and masks — even though one QAnon belief is that the coronavirus is a hoax, or a pretense for the president to round up Satanists — are also available on Amazon.
The retail giant, which has previously run into trouble for promoting conspiracies through third-party sellers, might experience more pressure to rein in the QAnon cottage industry. Facebook, TikTok and YouTube have recently announced crackdowns on conspiracies, including QAnon-sympathetic content.
President Trump insisted he didn’t know about QAnon when pressed by Savannah Guthrie at last week’s town hall on his retweet of a post accusing Joe Biden of orchestrating the murder of Seal Team Six members, another bizarre, false theory from QAnon.