Intriguingly, the very first political blog I ever posted on the internet asked the question, “Will Trump supporters soon be drinking the kool aide?” It might have been a rhetorical question at that time, meant to provoke awareness of how Trump’s supporters were like the Jonestown cult, but five years later the Dallas Observer is reporting that the family of a QAnon member living in Dallas received a letter telling them that she prepared a bleach compound in a communal bowl and the cult drank from it. I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s a short leap from drinking bleach in small quantities to drinking a poison that can actually kill you. Maybe these people are rehearsing for their last day?
Multiple members of the Leek family confirmed that their relative, who left her husband and children behind in Delaware to follow a fringe QAnon cult leader to Dallas last month, has been drinking a chemical cocktail containing chlorine dioxide, an industrial disinfectant, among other substances.
Their relative has been drinking this cocktail alongside her fellow cult members and has been the one to mix it up and distribute it amongst the group as well, says family, who have declined to reveal the name of their relative in the group.
“She was proud to tell us that she was the one mixing it up and giving it to everybody,” a family member said.
That is a sad commentary on the quality of someone’s life when it’s a point of pride to be mixing a dangerous chemical potion and serving it to ones fellows. Wow. I’m not sure I want to know what her life was like pre-QAnon, if this is a step up.
It’s unclear why the group is drinking the chemical potion, as many believe the coronavirus, which has killed over 800,000 people in the U.S. and millions worldwide so far, is a government fabrication.
Michael Brian Protzman, the leader of the Dallas cult, couldn’t be reached for comment.
News of the chemical punch bowl comes as the cult appears to be building towards another predicted climactic and apocalyptic moment.
They first came to Dallas over a month ago, following Protzman’s prediction that President John F. Kennedy would reappear at the exact spot in Downtown Dallas where he was assassinated in 1963. From there, Kennedy would set in motion the execution of QAnon’s supposed underground network of liberal, satan-worshipping child sex-traffickers and reinstate Donald Trump as president.
After Kennedy no-showed at two predicted appearances in November, dozens of Protzman’s followers remained in Dallas. It’s unclear what they’re waiting for or what Protzman has planned next.
The chemical cocktail is a bad sign.
“This feels like a progression,” said Mike Rothschild, whose book The Storm is Upon Us documents the rise of the QAnon movement. “It immediately evokes images of Jonestown and Heaven’s Gate.” (More than 900 people, many of them children, died in a mass murder suicide at the Jonestown commune in Guyana in 1978. Thirty-nine followers of the Heaven’ Gate cult died in a mass suicide outside San Diego in 1997.)
Neither the Dallas Police Department nor the FBI Field office in Dallas could be reached for comment. Dallas PD has previously said they have had limited contact with the group.
“A group of people in a cult drinking a communal substance is definitely not something to mess around with and is extremely concerning,” Rothschild said.
It’s not only the communal drinking, it’s the build up to something climactic which is concerning. In Heaven’s Gate, the cult was disappointed many times and the leader was running out of ideas. I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to see the QAnon crazies taking their lives. You have to be pretty far gone to go to Dallas and sit in a circle for hours waiting for a dead man to resurrect so that a defeated politician can be restored to power. This is some very sick thinking already, what’s a tablet or two of poison? Pop pop, fizz fizz, oh what a relief it is not to have to deal with life anymore.
I expect to see a QAnon mass suicide more than I expect not to see it.