December 7, 2022
During former President Donald Trump's rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Friday, officials appeared to stop rallygoers who were making one-finger salutes believed to be a nod to QAnon.

During former President Donald Trump’s rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Friday, officials appeared to stop rallygoers who were making one-finger salutes believed to be a nod to QAnon.

Footage showed men donning T-shirts with the phrase “security” directing attendees to stop making the salute while Trump addressed the jovial crowd. Trump’s team was adamant that the officials were not security, but rather “guest management” tasked with overseeing the raucous crowd, according to a reporter.

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“Trump rally staff told me the folks in the olive shirts and black pants were not security, but ‘guest management’,” PBS NewsHour correspondent Lisa Desjardins tweeted. “In my defense, it was an easy assumption — shirts said ‘security.’ But I was told it was as part the name of their company ‘Colorado Security Agency.'”

Last weekend, during a rally Trump held in Youngstown, Ohio, some rallygoers began raising their index fingers and pointing to Trump, in what some observers speculated was a nod to the QAnon conspiracy.

QAnon is a conspiracy theory contending that Trump is waging a secret campaign against an evil cabal of elites who secretly run the country and participate in satanic child-eating practices and pedophilia.

One man who raised his finger during the Wilmington rally Friday explained to Desjardins that the finger salute was a nod to “WWG1WGA,” an acronym for “Where We Go One, We Go All,” which is a QAnon phrase. He was also dismayed that his constitutional rights had been infringed upon by the “guest management” team.

Desjardins noted that there were fewer instances of the QAnon salute during the Wilmington rally than the Youngstown rally and surmised it was a result of the “guest management.”

Trump was in Wilmington Friday to stump for a slew of candidates in North Carolina, such as Senate candidate Ted Budd.

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Over recent weeks, the former president has shared some content on his Truth Social platform laced with QAnon phrases and monograms. This includes a recent video that included a slew of memes with Trump’s face behind a superimposed “Q” monogram.

His old 2016 rival Hillary Clinton recently jabbed at the QAnon raise during his Ohio rally last week, likening the act of the one-finger salute to the rise of Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany.

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