Former President Donald Trump attended a rally in Ohio on Saturday for JD Vance, the Republican candidate for the Senate. Later, Trump paid a lot of attention to what many people claimed was an element of QAnon in his appearance.
When Trump walked on stage, people present felt they recognized his entry music. Many people in the crowd raised a single finger salute as a reference to the QAnon conspiracy theory. They did this because the song they heard sounded almost identical to QAnon’s unofficial theme song “Wwg1wga” which stands for QAnon’s slogan “Where we go one, we all go”. (Although the index finger salute is used by QAnon, some argue that its use is also a reference to “America First”).
Trump advisers have denied to many media that the song played last weekend was “Wwg1wga.” Instead, they identified the melody the former president used at the rally as the royalty-free work Mirrors, written by composer Will Van De Crommert.
However, Van De Crommert wrote to Newsweek that he did not allow the use of “Mirror” for Trump. He also stressed that he was not happy that his music was associated with QAnon.
“I do not endorse Donald Trump and do not endorse or endorse QAnon’s beliefs,” said Van De Crommert.
The fact that “Mirrors” was mistaken for “Wwg1wga” is understandable. When a De Crommert song is played on a Shazam music identification service, a “Wwg1wga” result is returned, which is attributed to an artist named Richard Feelgood.
“Wwg1wga” is also present on several major streaming services and is credited with Feelgood. The album it is on Silver Cloud 5was released in 2020. (The album’s track list includes several references to QAnon.) Meanwhile, “Mirrors” is on SoundCloud as it came out in June 2019.
“Richard Feelgood’s claim regarding” Mirrors “(titled” Wwg1wga “) is clearly false. The recordings of “Wwg1wga” and “Mirrors” are identical, and the master was illegally renamed, repackaged and distributed on streaming platforms by Richard Feelgood, “said Van De Crommert.
He added, “I’m not Richard Feelgood, I don’t represent Richard Feelgood, and Richard Feelgood is not a pseudonym I use and will ever use.”
QAnon is a right-wing conspiracy theory that started with debunked beliefs such as the existence of a top-secret child s*x trafficking network run by high-ranking Democratic Party members. Supporters of the conspiracy have since adopted other deceptive claims, such as the widely disproved theory that the 2020 presidential election was rigged in favor of President Joe Biden.
Trump’s use of a Van De Crommert song that many have mistaken for “Wwg1wga” is the second recent example that his name is associated with QAnon. On September 12, Trump posted his own presentation of the artist on Truth Social, which featured him with a Q pin on his lapel and the slogan “The Storm is Coming.” The “storm” is the belief of the QAnon community that Trump will regain power and arrest or kill his enemies.
For his part, Van De Crommert made it clear that he did not want to have any connection with such beliefs.
“I don’t agree with QAnon and this person [Feelgood] they unlawfully distributed my music under their own name, ”he wrote.
Newsweek contacted Trump for comment.
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