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QAnon followers want Trump to run again and choose JFK Jr. — who died in 1999 — as his VP pick

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Former President Donald Trump prepares to speak at a rally at the Canyon Moon Ranch festival grounds on January 15, 2022 in Florence, Arizona.
Former President Donald Trump prepares to speak at a rally at the Canyon Moon Ranch festival grounds on January 15, 2022 in Florence, Arizona.Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images
  • QAnon followers want Trump to run again in 2024 and choose JFK Jr. as his running mate, according to a Politico report.

  • JFK Jr. died in a plane crash in 1999, but QAnon members believe he is actually alive and a Trump supporter.

  • Trump has repeatedly hinted at a 2024 run but has stopped short of a campaign announcement.

Followers of the far-right group QAnon want former President Donald Trump to run for office again in 2024 and select John F. Kennedy Jr., who is dead, as his running mate, according to a Politico report published on Monday.

Trump held his first rally of the year in Florence, Arizona, on Saturday, with many attendees decked out in QAnon gear, according to Politico.

Members of the right-wing movement believe in a conspiracy theory that falsely alleges JFK Jr. — who died in a plane crash in 1999 — is actually alive, is an avid Trump supporter, and will soon show himself publicly.

"He's supposed to reveal himself on the 17th if he's truly alive. I think we'll see him," one rallygoer told Politico.

The JFK Jr. conspiracy theory has existed within the QAnon sphere for years, and the date of his return has changed over time. Followers recently flocked to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas — the site of President John F. Kennedy's assassination — in hopes that JFK Jr. would make a comeback.

Believers of QAnon, a fringe movement that has become mainstream within the Republican Party, broadly maintain the conspiracy theory that Trump is fighting a "deep state" cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles. JFK Jr., according to QAnon followers, is in alliance with Trump and secretly fighting alongside him.

Trump himself has amplified different conspiracy theories over the years and has embraced elements of the far-right faction as part of his base. At his rally over the weekend, Trump questioned whether the FBI had played a part in carrying out the Capitol riot on January 6, pushing a right-wing conspiracy theory.

Trump has repeatedly hinted at a 2024 run, but has stopped short of an official campaign announcement. He has reportedly been mulling potential vice presidential picks, though JFK Jr. has not been named on any rumored lists.

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