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Under his pseudonym of InevitableET, or IET, he's been one of the most popular voices in the QAnon neighborhood considering that the very start of the conspiracy movement in 2017.
He is now, together with a host of other QAnon influencers who were simultaneously started Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube in the wake of the election and the Capitol insurrection, the driving force behind one of the most prominent QAnon channels on Telegram.
With Q stopping working to post an upgrade in practically 5 months, IET's voice and those of his peers have actually ended up being central to a conspiracy neighborhood that 10s of millions of Americans are following.
And what he's sharing is antisemitism.
“IET is one of the most openly antisemitic QAnon promoters out there,” Mike Rains, a researcher who hosts the QAnon-focused podcast “Adventures in HellwQrld,” told VICE News. “Dude really hates Jews.”
Next month IET will take the stage along with a sitting congressman, the chair of the Texas GOP, and former Trump attorneys Sidney Powell and Lin Wood at one of the greatest QAnon conferences to date.
Until now, he's been known just by pseudonyms, consisting of Incarnated ET, Inevitable ET, IET, or one of more than a dozen variations on this name.
VICE News has recognized him as Craig Longley, a chiropractic doctor from Texas who runs a physical treatment center in Denver. As well as repairing people's backs, one former client of Longley states he tried to recruit her into QAnon in his workplace.
Longley has actually been concealing in plain sight throughout his time as a QAnon influencer, using his own image as profile photos on numerous social networks channels, however he's been careful not to appear on video under his different pseudonyms.
At least once, though, he slipped up.
On August 4, 2020, Longley posted a short video on the “Real Inevitable ET” Instagram profile, which revealed him reciting the QAnon Oath and recognizing himself as IET.
Three people who know Longley from his chiropractic physician practice and his time operating at a gym in Denver validated that the individual appearing in the video providing the QAnon oath and recognizing himself as IET is in fact Craig Longley. (The sources were given anonymity due to the fact that they were concerned about backlash from Longley's followers.) The 3 likewise validated that IET's Twitter profile is an image of Longley. The person in both the oath video and the photo appears to be the same as the one in videos of Longley, who did not react to various requests for remark from VICE News by means of phone, email, and messages on social media, in which he was told that he had actually been identified as IET. The telephone number for his center went to voicemail, and while e-mails sent to Longley's work address were opened, according to tracking software, he never reacted.
Longley appears to no longer be on Facebook or Twitter, but he can be seen in videos published to his own physical therapy YouTube channel. The Longley in these videos seems the exact same person in the Instagram video providing the QAnon Oath as IET.
Image by means of Craig Longley YouTube video Update: After this story was released, Craig Longley's YouTube channel committed to physical therapy was deleted. The glute-workout guidance video that was originally embedded here from that channel has actually been replaced by a screen capture from the video.
IET's genuine identity was verified to VICE News by, to name a few, Maria, a former customer of Longley's who didn't wish to use her genuine name due to worries of attacks from Longley's QAnon supporters.
Longley is initially from Texas and, according to his LinkedIn profile, went to the University of North Texas and Parker University in Dallas, where he certified as a chiropractic specialist in 2012, prior to working with Whole Health Partners as a chiropractic specialist in Dallas for a year.
“I am a sports-oriented chiropractic practitioner with soft-tissue, rehab, and strength and conditioning specialties,” Longley wrote in his LinkedIn profile. “My goal is to assist individuals become practical by integrating movement and motor control through motions designed to avoid injury and increase durability in their lives.”
By 2016, Longley had actually relocated to Colorado. It is here that Maria said she satisfied him at a CrossFit gym. Not long after, she said, she made a visit with Longley after numerous people highly advised him as a chiropractic doctor.
Though she was initially happy with his service, the experience soon turned sour.
In November 2017, simply weeks after the very first messages from QAnon's confidential leader were posted on the fringe message board 4chan, Longley began talking to Maria about Jeffrey Epstein, Hillary Clinton, and the Obamas in his workplace after their sessions had actually finished, she stated.
“He was effectively attempting to redpill me,” she told VICE News.
Not long after, in 2018, Longley moved out of his shared office and opened a brand name new clinic called The Movement Project in downtown Denver. The center provides state-of-the-art cryotherapy treatment along with massage and chiropractic physician services.
While all of this was occurring in the real world, Longley was spending his time online developing his anonymous profile as one of the leading voices of the growing QAnon neighborhood.
Under the name Incarnated ET, Longley developed a devoted following of hundreds of countless people on Twitter. Unlike some QAnon influencers, Longley has embraced nearly all of the conspiracies that have cropped up during the movement's 3 years.
A quick evaluation of an Instagram account he started in August 2020 after being suspended from Twitter, which has 30,000 followers, shows that he has embraced COVID-19 rejection, election fraud conspiracies, declares that President Joe Biden is part of the shadowy cabal of elites running a child sex trafficking ring, and lots of antisemitism, consisting of a claim that Jews are attempting to enslave the world.
“Certainly evangelical, ET also thinks in chemtrails,'vibrational frequencies'that govern the universe, sovereign person, Pizzagate, “a prominent QAnon researcher called Dapper Gander informed VICE News. (Dapper Gander tweets anonymously due to fears that Q followers will pester him and his family.) “He pressed March 4, he pressed that the container ship was full of smuggled kids. If you did a scatter-plot for ET you ‘d find beliefs from every corner of the conspiracy world, many of which rub up versus the edges of more extremist belief systems.”
The outcome of accepting every brand-new claim that appears on the QAnon boards is that Longley has been wrong a lot more frequently than nearly all other likewise prominent QAnon promoters. However this has actually not avoided him from building and keeping a loyal band of followers. Just like the majority of in QAnon, Longley reacts to missed due dates or failed forecasts by deflecting criticism and moving the goalposts to another date or objective– a method that has actually permitted the conspiracy movement to grow in spite of consistently stopping working to precisely predict what was going to happen.
QAnon is a relatively new conspiracy theory, but its core beliefs are centuries old and are based upon antisemitic misconceptions, such as professed belief in the legitimacy of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a piece of Russian propaganda first released in 1903 that declared a deceptive group of Jews was outlining to take control of the world.
Many QAnon influencers try to hide or overlook QAnon's antisemitic structures, but Longley appears to have no problem accepting them.
In 2018, Longley tweeted about envisioning the day Trump would leave the White House, suggesting that all Jews would be “gone,” utilizing the antisemitic three brackets “echo” sign to recognize Jewish people.
He has actually taken part in the “Blue the Jew” motion, where anti-Semites Photoshop images of Jewish people blue, a technique established on fringe sites to use visual clues to share hateful antisemitic messages while preventing activating mainstream platforms' hate speech rules.
He likewise tweeted a link to a site that claims the claims made in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion are real.
Twitter has actually gotten rid of IET from its platform up to 20 times, however he savored the restrictions, publishing updates on his Gab account showing all the accounts that had actually been prohibited and claiming his suspension needs to suggest he was “over the target.” He constantly managed to return, using really minor variations of the name IET.
In 2019, he achieved his biggest minute on Twitter when then-president Donald Trump's official Twitter account retweeted his inaccurate claims about the president's impeachment.
Finally, in the wake of the Capitol Hill insurrection, where QAnon followers played a popular role, Twitter took definitive action versus tens of countless accounts linked to QAnon, and Longley was removed for great.
By that point, Longley and his fellow influencers had plans to bring their fans with them to other platforms.
Longley's new house is Telegram, where he has actually established a channel called “We The Media,” which has amassed over 210,000 customers. The channel describes itself as “News: By Anons for The People. Uncensored and Unstoppable.” It is run by IET, according to a post on his Parler account promoting the brand-new group, which also laid out how a number of other prominent QAnon influencers would be included.
He has actually likewise appeared with other prominent QAnon boosters on livestreams and podcasts on platforms such as YouTube and Apple Podcasts, along with various fringe streaming services. While other participants appear on electronic camera, Longley has actually avoided appearing on video, choosing to utilize a profile photo rather.
“He has a strong, confident character and is the de facto leader of a group of other promoters, having been the driving organizational force behind the production of the ‘We The Media' channel on Telegram, which is moderated by about 2 dozen of the previously biggest names on Twitter,” Gander stated.
The antisemitic style is clearly in evidence in this group, with three of the 19 posts “pinned” by the channel's administrators promoting antisemitic concepts, consisting of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
In spite of using pseudonyms, Longley has frequently utilized a real image of himself in his profile pictures on mainstream social networks platforms like Twitter and YouTube, in addition to on more fringe sites like Gab and Telegram. A variety of the images used by IET were also posted openly on the Facebook account of his sweetheart.
In the wake of Donald Trump's election loss in November and Joe Biden's inauguration in January, the QAnon movement has remained in a state of flux. Because the group's anonymous leader Q went quiet in early December– possibly for good– the power of influencers like Longley has grown.
And next month Longley will make his first public speaking appearance in what is forming up to among the biggest QAnon conferences to date– although the organizer, referred to as “QAnon John,” denies that it's a QAnon conference. The For God and Country Patriots' Roundup occasion is taking place in a city-owned hotel in Dallas and will be gone to by Rep. Louis Gohmert and Allen West, the chair of the Texas GOP.
On the occasion's site, Longley is simply listed as IET, alongside a picture and a pledge that a bio is coming. Possibly now Craig Longley can complete those information.
Correction: An earlier version of this story referred to the podcast “Adventures in HellwQrld” as “Welcome to HellwQrld.”