Dallas QAnon “Cult” Still Waiting for Miracles

It’s been a month since the fanatical followers of a fringe QAnon influencer, Michael Protzman (aka Negative48), first gathered in Dallas, Texas, to witness the reveal — or resurrection, depending who you asked — of John F. Kennedy and JFK Jr. 

Although the Kennedy family failed to appear on six occasions as prophesied by Protzman’s prophetic vision, many of his followers are still waiting in Dallas for a miracle. 

Initially, Protzman and his followers’ activities in Dallas seemed relatively harmless and absurd — for example, Singing songs at Dealey PlazaIn a hotel room, they would unroll dozens of rolls of toilet paper. As their presence in Dallas continues, their beliefs and behaviors become more unusual. Outside observers have begun to call the group a cult. 

Recent sightings of about 30 followers in Reunion Arena Park, Nov. 30, were indicative of a more tranquil scene than the ones in Dealey Plaza. They were participating in guided meditation and smoke smudging. However, the relaxed mood of the gathering did not reflect recent problems in paradise for Protzmanians. Not only have new details emerged raising concerns about Protzman’s past, but his actions have triggered backlash from others in the QAnon movement. What’s more, Protzman has said that several in the group in Dallas who appear to be living communally have reported coming down with symptoms that are consistent with Covid-19. It is hard to imagine how long this will continue. 

Recent Mother Jones report Amanda Moore, a far-right researcher, has obtained documents that show Protzman faced allegations of violence from his wife. These allegations are documented by a 2019 arrest report. “unlawful imprisonment – domestic violence” charge. In the report, Protzman’s wife says he had been “acting differently, not showering…and believing in government conspiracies,”He had previously assaulted her physically in the past. The case was dismissed without prejudice; it could be reopened, but it’s unclear if it ever will. In a message to Rolling StoneProtzman denies the charges via WhatsApp “No truth was found,”He wrote it in all capitals “Because it didn’t happen. Go ask her if you have the balls.” Protzman’s wife did not respond to requests for comment. 

Recent reports have not reported any violence by Protzman, or the group gathered around him. But Protzman’s apparent psychological hold on his followers is so strong that some of them They left their spousesDallas, Texas. Katy Garner, a woman tells Rolling StoneHer sister was in Dallas for more than a month. “At this point it must be done, because I don’t think she’s coming home. She left her kids and husband,” Garner says. (Protzman has not responded to questions asking if the group could possibly be classified as a “cult.”) 

Some social media platforms have begun to notice the concerning content coming out of Protzman’s group and those affiliated with him. After YouTube allowed videos that promoted the JFK Jr. conspiracy to thrive at firstMultiple YouTube accounts that were linked to the group were terminated or their content was suspended. This came after the group’s turn toward increasingly unsettling phrasing in their YouTube streams — discussions of physical death and the need to move on “next phase” — raised red flags among cult and QAnon observers. 

Protzman can still reach his followers, and recite this troubling rhetoric via his Negative48 Telegram channel. “There is no more room in the plan for arrogance and self impotence,”A recent post is read. “Prepare for the next phase. Prepare each other.” 

Each day, the contents of the channel change. Protzman revealed recently that many people in Dallas had fallen ill. Though it’s unclear what’s going around, symptoms described on the group’s Telegram video chats seem to be consistent with Covid-19. “Many said on chat today they lost their sense of taste and smell,”Protzman shared the following in his Telegram channel last Wednesday. 

In general, Protzman’s posts are a mix of abstruse proclamations based on Christian numerology, reposts from other QAnon and far-right figures, and most disturbingly, anti-semitic propaganda. When Protzman was approached for comment regarding two anti-semitic films that he shared in his Telegram channel, initially he didn’t respond. After being contacted by Protzman, he did respond. Rolling Stone Published an articleDiscussing his promotion of these movies, which was shared by his Telegram channel follower.

Protzman denied ever having seen any of the movies in question. Then he engaged in Holocaust denial, suggesting that Auschwitz’s crematorium had been constructed after World War II to frame Germans. “The whole Hitler issue is up in the air on what really happened,”He wrote everything in all capitals. These ideas not only fly in the face of decades of work by academic historians, but are also a sign that Protzman’s group is trafficking in fascistic ideas that are far more concerning than they are kooky. 

Anti-semitism isn’t anything new when it comes to QAnon. Despite the attempts by some major QAnon figures to disavow Protzman — amid a much larger civil war currently raging between QAnon influencers — the reality is that the broader QAnon movement has incubated and intermingled Anti-semitic, Christian-fascist and other ideasFor quite some time.  

Many in the movement — including Protzman’s sect — believe that Trump is on a holy mission ordained by God, fighting a battle of good versus evil. This story shows that the world has been corrupted by an occult Satanic group. Only a strong Christian leader can restore the kingdom of Heaven. These ideas are frequently mixed with other new-age and mystical beliefs such as holistic health, gnostic Theology, and simulation Theory.

This intoxicating cocktail of magical thinking and right-wing politics was on clear display at the the largest QAnon gathering to-date in Dallas  — the For God & Country Patriot Roundup conference held this past July, where Christofascist ideas and antisemitic undercurrents were common themes among speakers — and has reached dizzying heights with Protzman’s cultish clique. But the Protzmanian’s antics, and the subsequent media coverage, appears to have created a bit of a rift in the QAnon community. 

QAnon John, the organizer of the For God & Country Patriot Roundup, recently described Protzman’s group as “cult material”Protzman “crazy”His Telegram channel. “This is one of the guys you can thank for the JFK Jr. Dallas clown show”John wrote. “This movement has NO room for blasphemous cults.”

The constant stream of negative coverage about the Protzmanian sect was the only reason for this schism. After all, Protzman himself recently attended a four-day event in Las Vegas in October that was organized by QAnon John and prominently featured a man named Vincent Fusca — who some in the QAnon movement believe is JFK Jr. 

According to Protzman’s inner circle, this is all happening according to plan.

“The mainstream media (MSM) will NOT cover any of our TRUTH,”Reads a post in the Negative48 channel. “They will only make fun of us! So, all that is going on in Dallas is foolishness to them and IT HAD TO BE for them to cover it and give NATIONAL ATTENTION to what the CABAL did.” 

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