America, conspiracy theories and Donald Trump: What about the followers of Kuanon today – BBC News in Serbian

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Kim Carpentier is still firmly embraced by the conspiracy theory about Kuanon

A year ago, on January 6, 2021, supporters of the outgoing US President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol.

Many of them were followers of the conspiracy theory about Kuanon, according to which Trump is a hero who will defeat satanic members of the world’s elite.

Despite the lack of any evidence – and the fact that Kyunan’s predictions did not come true – millions of Americans still believe in this gruesome story.

It was an idyllic afternoon on a long beach that winds along the California coast – a flock of dolphins circled nearby, and families ate sandwiches in which sand crunched and ran into and out of the water.

I arrived to meet Kim, who jumped out of the car to take a quick walk of the giant poodle Travis, who became nervous after two hours of driving in Los Angeles traffic.

Kim has reddish-blonde hair and a warm smile.

She was a professional boxer, but she completed a dog care course after she lost an eye when she was attacked by a man who was stalking her.

Travis – an elegant animal – is her best friend, guide dog and model.

Today, his hair is cut short, except for the chirokana, dyed purple, along the entire back.

As we walked along the beach, Kim and I mostly talked about dogs and their breeds.

And then she stopped abruptly at the trash can.

“Look,” she said, pointing in panic and tugging at Travis’s leash, “they put it on our noses.”

It was a caricature drawing of children playing in the sand begging people not to throw garbage around.

“They” are the global clique in this case – because Kim Carpentier is in the firm embrace of the conspiracy theory about Kuanon.

This means that she believes that a group of members of the global elite controls our politics and our media, and commits various heinous crimes, such as trafficking in children for the purpose of satanic rituals.

The clique leaves signs of it everywhere, she says, and she just spotted one on the trash can.

illustration showing Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Joe Biden, with Donald Trump
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I traveled to the United States to investigate the location of the Kuanon conspiracy at this time, a year after the attack on the US government headquarters in which the Kuanon movement participated.

Someone named Kew started posting anonymous messages on the forum in 2017 with indications of this conspiracy.

Kew claimed to have access to top-secret government secrets and to have insight into the struggle waged by a small number of officers and intelligence agents against the clique.

Donald Trump, Kew said, was at the center of that fight against evil.

No one knows for sure who Kew is, or whether it was just a joke or an experiment.

But what there is no doubt about is that millions of people have become obsessed with that story.

A poll by Ipsos Mori, which the BBC had exclusive insight into, found that 7% of Americans believe that an elite group of Satan’s followers who run a network of child sexual abuse is trying to control their policies and media.

That is a drop compared to last year, when according to a similar poll, 17% of Americans believed in it.

But on top of all that, almost every third American said he didn’t know if it was true or not.


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America and conspiracy theories: Where are the Kuanon supporters a year later
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I wrote in 2020 about the rapid rise of Kuanon during the corona virus pandemic.

At the time, I met Nick Nitoli, a musician and hip-hop producer and longtime conspiracy theorist.

Kuanon was just the latest conspiracy he had embraced.

He told me that he believed that the pandemic was a big scam and that it was the plan of this clique to control us.

When I traveled to the United States again in November, I met Nick and it seemed like nothing had changed.

“Many people should have been arrested – that didn’t happen,” he told me.

He also contracted kovid by the way when he appeared as a guest on a conspiracy podcast.

He passed it on to his girlfriend and they both got pretty sick.

Although they recovered, it scared him.

Now he is sorry to say that the pandemic is not real.

Nick Nittoli in patriotic clothing
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Nick Nitoli in Las Vegas

But despite some doubts, Nick did not renounce the conspiracy about Kuanon.

We sat together and watched videos of some people from the movement, such as actor Jim Caviezel, and I could see how much that meant to Nick.

It’s hard to understand from the outside – I joined many of Kuanon’s groups on the Internet and saw a lot of so-called evidence of this alleged conspiracy.

Since they are banned on many social networks, they now share content on less mainstream forums such as Telegram, Geb or Bitschut.

I received hundreds of messages from people with so-called “evidence” of conspiracy.

But for me, they were not the least bit convincing.


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The video that Kim sent me just before we met looked like a trailer for an extremely stereotypical and cheap Hollywood movie.

It claims that the ship that got stuck in the Suez Canal was intentionally stopped there, in order to save the children who were transported in it for the needs of trade.

Then why is all this so convincing for Kim?

Like most of Kuanon’s followers, she is an intelligent person.

She says that when she was younger, people often said that she was a deep thinker.

But when Kim talks about Kuanon, she enters a regime that is hard to describe, these are narrated tirades where one thought rarely ends before jumping on another – as if she desperately wants to say all the words before someone interrupts her.

This is something I have noticed in many of Kuanon’s followers with whom I have spoken.

I also met with Rachel Bernstein, a family and marriage lawyer in Los Angeles who has dealt with numerous cases involving Quannon.

She met the families of those who gave in to the conspiracy, just like the people who are trying to pull themselves out of the conspiratorial way of thinking.

She got the impression that they are intelligent and thoughtful, but with a sense of inferiority, with a desperate need to prove that they are smart and have an inside insight into something inconceivable.

That made sense to Kim.

“I was weird as a kid,” she told me.

It seemed to me that she was someone who was used to being a marginal. She also experienced many traumas.

There was an attack in which she lost an eye, and she also told me that she had witnessed two murders.

Kuanon is the ultimate battle for the marginalized.

For Kim, conspiracy theory is not paranoia, it represents the hope that good will eventually triumph over evil.

But towards the end of our conversation, she told me something disturbing.

“We will take our country back, I am ready to take to the streets,” she told me.

“I can’t wait for the fight to start.”


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I immediately remembered another follower of Kuanon I was talking to – let’s call her Lisa.

She is the mother of ten children and the grandmother of 13 grandchildren in Kentucky.

In one of the many long conversations we had over the phone, she told me that women – her friends – are arming themselves like never before, because we are “at war”.

I wasn’t sure if it was just a story – or if she really thought so.

But what was obvious was the power this conspiracy theories had over some people.

When she talks about what will happen to the clicks, Kim’s words can be dark, almost threatening.

But in the same breath she is both caring and good-natured.

“When the war is over,” she said as we sat and watched the sunset over the variegated sea, “it will be like during the Nuremberg Trials, it will come for the mainstream media.”

“That’s what I belong to,” I reminded her.

“No, you’re just a baby,” she said.

“You just work for them. When they come for you, I will defend you. “


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