QAnon are followers of “Q,” an anonymous person or group of morons who claim to be privy to government secrets. The Q theology is “a stew of various but connecting conspiracy theories that generally hold President Trump as a conquistador battling a cabal of anti-American saboteurs who have taken over government, industry, media and various other institutions of public life in a plan to…well, the overarching goals of the nefarious actors are not clear.
“The supposedly classified Q information has been revealed on the 4chan and 8chan message boards and spread around mainstream internet platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Q has attracted people — the exact number is hard to know — eager to consume his ‘bread crumbs,’ or new details in a sprawling web of conspiracy theories.
“Q claims to be a government insider exposing an entrenched, international bureaucracy that is secretly plotting all sorts of nefarious schemes against the Trump administration and its supporters. The character uses lingo that implies that he or she has a military or intelligence background.” — from “What Is QAnon: Explaining the Internet Conspiracy Theory That Showed Up at a Trump Rally,” posted in the N.Y. Times on 8.1.18.