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'The Storm' never came, and QAnon believers are shaken

Defeated, betrayed or determined? Today on Front Burner, why the conspiratorial world of QAnon is in turmoil after Donald Trump’s defeat.
A person wears a vest supporting QAnon at a protest rally in Olympia, Wash., against Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington state stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic on May 14, 2020. (Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press)

QAnon believers are in turmoil. For years the baseless, wide-ranging conspiracy theory has gained steam, making serious inroads in Canada after exploding in the United States.

QAnon believers think a blood-thirsty, child-trafficking cabal is running the world and that Donald Trump will bring justice through a day of reckoning known as "The Storm". But now, following Joe Biden's inauguration, many QAnon followers are devastated and disillusioned — while others are doubling-down.

Today on Front Burner, Daily Beast politics reporter Will Sommer joins us to discuss what might happen to QAnon and its followers next.

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