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Many screens with staticky scanlines assembled into one big screen. A big red Q is imposed on the middle of it.
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QAnon has become a linchpin of far-right media — and the effort to preemptively delegitimize the election.

By Renée DiResta

Whether president Donald Trump wins or loses, some version of QAnon is going to survive the election. On the day of the vice-presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris, the individual or group known as “Q” sent out a flurry of posts. “ONLY THE ILLUSION OF DEMOCRACY,” began one. “Joe 30330 — Arbitrary? — What is 2020 [current year] divided by 30330? …

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