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Month: July 2022

APPENDIX B: What does Juan O Savin / Wayne Willott Believe?

Willott is a longtime conspiracy theorist (he claims to have been friends with the late Bill Cooper), so his pre-existing beliefs have mingled with QAnon culture to produce a unique, soupy mixture of bullshit. For details on Willott’s real life, please consult this Daily Beast article – it’s easily the best biography of Willott we have. The rest of this appendix – like the report itself – will refer to Willott as “Juan” or “Savin,” because it is only in his role as “Juan O Savin” that Willott is able to have a real-world political impact. In Juan’s belief system, a small group of families – you’ll occasionally hear him refer to “the 13 bloodline families” – has run the world since time immemorial. These families are devoted to sexual perversity, child sacrifice, and social control, and are working towards a global genocide that will reduce the Earth’s population to approximately 500 million. The families have a Satanic or Luciferian religion that heavily involves the Isis/Osiris myth – in particular, Juan often states that the Washington Monument symbolically represents the penis of Osiris, and was built by these elites as part of a religious declaration of loyalty and a coded…

APPENDIX A: What is QAnon?

When asked about Savin’s coalition, one prominent expert described QAnon as “such an anti-reality way of thinking that it is entirely incompatible with the conventions that sustain democracy.” This is correct. The beating heart of QAnon is the idea that Donald J. Trump will soon arrest, imprison, try, and execute all of his most prominent opponents, who are part of a cabal of Satanic pedophiles. After this event, called “the Storm,” believers expect a golden age of patriotism, prosperity, and peace as America unites around its liberator and returns to purer, simpler ways.  Of course, a purge of Trump’s opponents followed by his unopposed reign would be the end – not the restoration – of the Republic. But QAnon followers are notorious for living in what you might call a perpetual Opposite Day. For instance, and this is by no means the only example I could cite, one often sees Q followers describe Xi Jinping, who in reality leads the world’s largest Communist party, as an anti-Communist crusader1 fighting the Chinese Communist Party from within.2 After the 2020 election, Q followers were among the most fervent inventors and spreaders of stolen-election theories: the election was a sting operation to catch…

“We Could Adjust the Vote” — Conclusion

Why do Savin and Co Want Secretary of State Offices? Savin and Marchant (1:20 forward) tell the same story: that George Soros launched, in Savin’s words, an “attack on America” by donating to a Democratic candidate in the Nevada’s 2004 Secretary of State race (51:59 forward, Juan’s site, BitChute – 5/3/22). Soros, according to Savin, had realized that Secretary of State offices “have say in the mechanics of how elections are handled…. If you can control how the elections are handled, legally, technically, what devices are used, and what procedures are allowed, you can cook the vote.” (Savin. 16:15-16:37, Juan’s site, Rumble – 4/27/22) Savin also says: “We are working hard to get a leveraged position in the most important place of all, and that’s where the attack on America began in 2004, right here in Nevada… We’re fighting back through the same positions using their playbook in reverse. It’s a winning strategy…, the people that control the elections in the states, in large measure, it’s the Secretary of State position.” (Savin. 51:59 forward, Juan’s site, BitChute – 5/3/22)  Of course, in reality no modern Secretary of State – Soros-backed or otherwise – has “cooked the vote,” and there are…

“We Could Adjust the Vote” — Part 4

What Will Savin and Co Accept as the “Right” Election Results? Here, we can let the cofounders speak for themselves. “Trump won. It was a clear win. 80% of the people that voted voted for President Trump.”  (Juan O Savin. 58:53: YT, Rumble – 5/17/21)   “When the truth is finally told about the 2020 election, it’s going to show that California, even in places that we’re being told were Democrat, went Republican – went Trump… it was redder than [a] freakin’ neon light.”1 (Juan O Savin. 35:35 forward: Rumble, Juan’s site – 4/27/22) Jim Marchant, who’s the more respectable public face of the coalition, uses the same logic: Republicans would always be winning if it weren’t for Democratic fraud. In an appearance on Steve Bannon’s War Room (2:24 forward: GatewayPundit, Rumble – 6/18/21), Marchant said: “Unfortunately in Nevada, we’re 100% controlled by Democrats from the constitutional offices down to the Assembly,” but in spite of Republicans’ electoral failures, he asserts (at 2:42) that Nevada “absolutely is a red state.” When he speaks to less mainstream audiences, Marchant really cuts loose: “We haven’t, in Nevada, elected anybody since 2006. They’ve been installed by the Deep State Cabal.” (7:44, Flyover Conservatives, 1/30/22)…

“We Could Adjust the Vote” — Part 3

Birth of the Coalition Readers who don’t particularly care about the coalition’s history can safely proceed to Part 4 of the report. The coalition’s website says that it was created at a May 1, 2021 meeting in Las Vegas which was arranged by Jim Marchant. In fact, Marchant and Savin both agree that the coalition began significantly earlier than that — by both of their accounts, planning began only days after the 2020 election. It’s notable that the website’s account omits all mention of Savin and obscures the identity of the “brightest and best political and policy minds in the country” who attended the gathering. This is unfortunate, since it would be useful to know who the coalition’s brain trust was. Happily, we can establish at least some of their identities – and prove that Savin was in on the coalition from the planning stages – with Marchant’s own words. In an April 2021 interview with QAnon influencer Scott McKay (aka the “Patriot Streetfighter”), Marchant said:  “I’ve been talking with people like Patrick Byrne and Mike Lindell and Colonel Phil Waldron. They are actually in my coalition.” (Rumble, 1:36:56 – 4/19/21) Byrne and Lindell have been heavily involved – both…

“We Could Adjust the Vote” — Part 2

About the Report First things first: if you’re pressed for time, feel free to just read the bold text. All the most important quotes and every topline conclusion are bolded. There is some previous reporting on Savin and the coalition, but to date no outlet has done a deep dive into it. This report is intended to fill that gap. It examines the coalition’s history as well as the co-founders’ goals for the project and beliefs about elections, largely in their own words. In addition to the main text, the report has two appendices: one that explains QAnon and another that lays out Savin’s beliefs in more detail and contextualizes them within QAnon culture.  Because this report is based on the public statements of the coalition’s founders and members, it has major limitations. In particular, we have near-zero visibility into the day-to-day activities of the coalition – much of our knowledge comes from the New York Times, which reports that candidates share staff, donations, and talking points. True, we know that the coalition has a weekly call for candidates and that it hosts events about election fraud, but that’s pretty much all we know.1  However, we can comfortably state that…

“We Could Adjust the Vote”: QAnon Influencer Juan O Savin’s Coalition of Secretary of State Candidates

Photo credit: @QAnonAnonymous/Twitter Introduction The United States narrowly escaped a constitutional crisis during the 2020 election. A key factor in that escape: Republican election officials were willing to certify results showing that Donald Trump lost. They also refused to put the weight of their offices behind any of the wild lies about fraud that were circulating among Republicans, or to support any of the lawsuits based on those lies. The America First Secretary of State Coalition1, co-founded by a former Nevada state legislator named Jim Marchant and a major QAnon influencer who goes by Juan O Savin (real name: Wayne Willott)2, is likely to change that.  This coalition is the tip of the Trumpist spear – a coordinated effort to install “Trump Won” truthers into positions that both control our nation’s election operations and play a crucial role in certifying election results.  The coalition is a serious political effort, not a group of fringe candidates. Many of its members are sitting or former legislators. Four of its members are Trump-endorsed. As of July 13th, five members of the coalition – including Marchant – have already won their primaries. Three of them are swing-state candidates.3 From its inception, the coalition has…