The Daily Beast reports that Willott seems to have grown up in the Seattle area, where he also seems to still reside. It appears that the 65-year-old Willott spent from the 1970s up until about 10 years ago working as a private investigator, as well as working on insurance claims in Alaska. “Court records show Willott videotaping potential worker’s compensation claimants to see if they were really injured, checking if they were genuinely too injured to perform yard work.”
Willott worked as an investigator calling into a talk radio show hosted by Michael Reagan, one of Ronald Reagan’s sons. In one bizarre incident covered by the conservative magazine The American Spectator In 1997, Willott began surveilling an amateur sleuth in the Clinton-dirt demimonde, who was himself tailing another Clinton adversary who was friends with Willott. James Ring Adams, a reporter who covered the saga for the Spectatorcompared the misadventures of Willott and his cohort to the Mad magazine feature “Spy vs. Spy. ”
Adams describes Willott as having been “a bottom-dweller back then.” Of course, that’s an opinion that implies Willott is a top-shelf fellow these days. There’s an argument to be made that the bottom-dwelling con men and women across the country have simply been elevated in recent years.
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But let’s be clear: Willott is a full-blown QAnon conspiracy theorist — at least under his alias Juan O. Savin. If not, he’s just a straight confidence man who is going to pretend to espouse way out-there conspiracy theories in service of gaining power for himself. The kind of power to control hundreds of millions of people’s lives:
Savin’s beliefs are bizarre even by QAnon standards. In his book, Savin writes that Washington, DC is laid out for Masonic devil worship, with the Washington Monument meant to resemble the “missing penis” of an Egyptian god and the State Department’s Foggy Bottom location chosen for its “spells, rituals, and wizardry. ” He claims that Dr. Anthony Fauci is making Satanic hand symbols during press conferences, and that the world is run by a cabal descended from the Biblical character Cain. Most importantly to his fans, he insists that the apocalyptic “Storm” promised by QAnon is still coming, even in the face of all evidence to the contrary.
Of course, the two things aren’t mutually exclusive. According to the report, Willott came back under various aliases during President Barack Obama’s second term, frequently appearing on Douglas Hagmann’s conspiracy talk radio show as “W the Intelligence Insider.” This helped Willott develop his own pretend, proto-Q insider credentials. Willott pretended he was independently wealthy (The Daily Beast says records show he seems to have mostly been in debt and default during that time), and that he held secret high positions behind the scenes in government, making moves that helped create world-changing events. like the fall of the Soviet Union.
As “W,” Willott warned Hagmann that the Obama administration had decided to murder the radio host. He claimed Obama would soon crack down on freedom-loving Americans, an idea that was soon repeated by Glenn Beck, magnifying both Willott and Hagmann’s prominence on the right. Hagmann also interviewed Willott with a new Willott alias, “Juan O. Savin,” in which Willott laid out his globe-trotting adventures as an investigator and claimed he had uncovered proof that world elites share alien DNA strands.
The COVID-19 pandemic, bungled by the Trump administration and then undermined with a relentless barrage of misinformation by the entire right wing of the country, along with help from Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (dots, baby!) and other anti-vaxxers, propelled people like Willott up the QAnon conspiracy list. It did not hurt that other top QAnon influencers, including Cristen Weldon (who promoted Willcott as an authority on who-knows-what), ended up dying from COVID-19.
However, as ludicrous as Willott and others might seem, they are running real candidates with real chances at winning secretary of state positions in California, Nevada, Michigan, and Arizona. In that position, they would have the power to investigate and control elections in a way they have shown would be anti-democracy, at best.
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As for the whole JFK Jr. thing: The QAnon conspiracy theory is forever tied to an eschatological conservative Christian ‘end of days’ narrative. It helps with the more bloody and outrageous good and evil claims that QAnon conspiracy theorists must keep in their mind while they support obvious King Herod wannabes like Donald Trump, I guess. The long and short of it is that QAnon folks have tied the assassination of President John F Kennedy in Texas back in November 1963 with the rise of the “deep state” that continues to control the lives of all humans on the planet. These days they refer to that supposed cabal as “globalists,” though you can easily substitute “Jews” in there for them, as well.
The Clintons and George Soros and Anthony Fauci and others are all involved in some way, drinking the blood of babies and aborted fetuses (that’s not a snark comment, that’s the belief), and John F. Kennedy’s “death” was either a real thing. or not a real thing (depending which coin you flip while buying into the theory). Luckily, all conspiracy theories can lead to the same twisted conclusion: The Kennedy family is the same blood line as Jesus of Nazareth and the biblical David, Moses, Abraham, and Noah. Frankly, if you do not ask too many logical questions it all works out about as well as how evangelicals and fundamentalists have taught their flocks the stories of the Bible for about a century now.
So the line goes:
- God first tried to settle a covenant with humanity through Noah — flooding and washing away the rest of the world.
- Then God gets Abraham to move to the promised land of Canaan.
- Then God speaks face to face with Moses, rebuilds the covenant, gives them the laws to live by, and the power to retake the promised land of Caanan — which will become known as Israel.
- God then reunites Israel through a monarchy under David.
- Then God becomes his son, a spirit, and God simultaneously, as Jesus of Nazareth.
- Then God has John F. Kennedy assassinated (or pretend-assassinated) because something something God.
- Then John F. Kennedy’s son, anointed by God, fakes his death in a small aircraft crash on a weekend trip to his family’s vacation spot — waits a few decades, and reappears as this Willott guy.
Got it. These are the people behind a wide-ranging attempt to take over our country’s elected local offices in order to take away the majority-rule of our government.
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