“I have decided to expose the dirtiest Democrat in the DC swamp, and some of you here may already know him as Congressman Tom O’Halleran representing Maricopa County, and District One,” Watkins told watchers. “What’s publicly known about Tom O’Hooligan shows that he is not fit to represent the people of Arizona. And from what I’ve already discovered, and will expose. Tom is not fit to represent anyone anywhere.“
Watkins said during the video that he was inspired to run by his pastor, Jeff Durbin of Mesa, Arizona’s Apologia Church, who has called for the execution of women who have abortions. Durbin once told a reporter it was a “bit of an insult to Hitler to compare what he did in Nazi Germany” to the pro-choice movement.
For those who have remained blessedly unaware, QAnon is a sprawling movement of right-wing extremists, racists and anti-Semites, and evangelical Christians that believed Donald Trump was fighting an Underworld-style war against a cabal of child-raping, Satanic Democrats. This was entirely cited to stream of consciousness-style posts from “Q”, a pseudonymous 8chan user who claimed to be a high-ranking military or intelligence official aiding Trump’s fight against the left-wing Illuminati. An HBO documentary, Q: Into the Storm, that investigated connections between Ron Watkins, his father Jim Watkins, and QAnon concluded the younger Watkins either was Q or used his administrative powers on the board to seize control of the account at some point.
The show featured numerous, unsettling segments where Watkins, who is well beyond the point of shame, appeared to threaten director Cullen Hoback with a mochi hammer, tried to pressure him into visiting a brothel, and appeared in interviews alongside a life-size Evangelion doll (possibly a sex toy). He also unsuccessfully tried to convince Hoback that Q was former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. In one particularly disturbing scene, Watkins tried to feign sympathy with the victims of the 2019 El Paso shooting, in which a racist gunman targeting Latinos killed 23 people and injured 23 others. Watkins rambled to Hoback about how American shoppers spending American dollars in an American store were killed by a man with a Russian gun.
In the wake of Donald Trump’s loss in the 2020 elections, the Q account stopped posting, and Watkins claimed to have resigned as administrator of 8chan and tried to rebrand himself as a voter fraud expert. After a swarm of Trump supporters and QAnon followers hopped up on conspiracy theories launched a failed MAGA assault on the Capitol on Jan. 6, Twitter banned his CodeMonkeyZ account. Since then, Watkin has pivoted to various new identities such as UFOlogist and a cryptocurrency guru selling $600 NFTs of his posts that Trump had retweeted. So running for Congress, or at least pretending to do so long enough to keep far-right eyes and wallets pointed in his direction, seems like a natural progression in the grifting life cycle.
According to Vice, Watkins filmed the announcement video outside the office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, where he has arrived three times in failed attempts to secure a meeting. While his candidacy could be generously described as a long shot, a victory in the race would make him the most prominent QAnon associate to hold elected office. Watkins is far more central to the movement than reigning QAnon champ Representative Marjorie Taylor-Greene of Alabama, who since being elected last year has spent most of her term in office on attention stunts like harassing the trans child of another representative or trying and failing to start a white nationalist caucus.
or get as kid-y as grimdark as Young Justice, but the series sits comfortably between series like that, tonally, all the while never wandering into the R-rated realm that’s common in many other Warner Bros. Animation projects.
Season 3 of Young Justice really shifts from junior grimdark to the harder R for violence seen in some direct-to-disc streaming.
Especially with the many bloody deaths of Halo and the maiming of Vic Stone…