QAnon conspiracy theorists often talk about protecting children from pedophiles and sex traffickers. They accuse top figures in the Democratic Party and Hollywood of abusing children in pizzerias, and unite around hashtags with names like “Save the Children” even after genuine anti-trafficking groups beg them to stop.
It’s hard to find a more dedicated booster of QAnon’s promises to save the children and bring the deep state to justice than Pennsylvania resident Philip Godlewski, who has amassed more than 48,000 followers on YouTube and Telegram. In a representative video from June, Godlewski warned his audience that nefarious global forces practice “Satanic children-torturing so you can drink their blood to get high.”
As Trump supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, Godlewski falsely claimed on Facebook that then-Vice President Mike Pence had been arrested in what became a piece of viral disinformation. Godlewski has raised more than $46,000 from his fans in crowdfunded donation drives, building his name off of claims like his insistence that John F. Kennedy Jr. faked his death and will soon return to public life. Godlewski has hobnobbed with some of QAnon’s biggest stars, recently posing for a picture with former Trump national security adviser and QAnon promoter Michael Flynn at a QAnon conference in Florida.