On Truth Social, a user with more than 31,000 followers and three Qs in his profile name posted an image in May of Trump sitting on a throne with a crown and Q emblem behind him. Trump reposted the image.
Mr. Trump also amplified messages that included the QAnon catchphrase WWG1WGA (for “where one goes, we all go)” and referred to a “storm,” a description of the mass arrests that faithful QAnon believers will use to destroy The Deep State Other messages later endorsed by Trump included a call for “civil war” and claims that the 2020 presidential election, which he lost, was a “coup,” according to the report.
Trump also shared messages at least a dozen times from an account he posted about the “storm” and “a war against sex traffickers and pedophiles” to his more than 36,000 followers, NewsGuard found. Ricky Shiffer, a man killed by police this month after he tried to break into the FBI office in Cincinnati, had also been compromised to the same account.
Of the QAnon accounts identified on Truth Social by NewsGuard, 47 have red verification badges, which the platform says it reserves for “VIPs” with “a public interest account.” Data.ai, which monitors app store activity, said Truth Social had been downloaded three million times in the United States on Apple iOS systems as of August 26.
Truth Social executives and patrons have also engaged with QAnon supporters on the platform. Devin Nunes, a Republican from California who resigned from Congress after 19 years to become the executive director of Truth Social, regularly associated with and tagged @Q. That account, which has more than 218,000 followers, has used “trust the plan” and other phrases associated with the conspiracy theory, NewsGuard said.
Mr. Trump partnered with Digital World Acquisition, a special purpose acquisition company, to start Truth Social. Digital World CEO Patrick Orlando also reposted QAnon slogans for his nearly 10,000 followers on the platform, according to the report, which an Orlando representative described as a “false and defamatory” allegation.