QAnon’s henchmen in Dallas are now drinking toxic chemicals from a communal punch bowl, say the family of a woman who has joined the Texas ‘sect’ awaiting the supposed resurrection of President John F. Kennedy and her late son , JFK Jr.
Many members of the Leek family told the Dallas Watcher that the woman, who reportedly abandoned her husband and children in Delaware last month to follow Trump’s QAnon leader Michael Brian Protzman in Dallas, drank a mixture containing chlorine dioxide – industrial bleach – which she apparently distributes among the group.
“She was proud to tell us that it was she who mixed it up and gave it to everyone,” said one of her relatives at the outlet.
The woman joined the QAnon movement in 2018, said her son, Sean Leek, who could not be reached by The Daily Beast on Monday. Although the family did not say why the group drank the potent chemical mixture, they said their relative was an avid anti-vaccine.
“She’s always been interested in, you know, natural remedies, removing aluminum from deodorant, things like that,” Leek said in an interview on Dec. 10. “But that led to anti-vaxxing, and anti-vaxxing led to QAnon.”
According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), chlorine dioxide “has not been shown to be safe and effective for any use, including COVID-19, but these products continue to be sold as remedy to treat autism, cancer, HIV. / AIDS, hepatitis and influenza, among others, despite their harmful effects.
It is sold online under various names, including “Miracle Mineral Solution”, “Miracle Mineral Supplement”, “Master Mineral Solution” and “Chlorine Dioxide Protocol”. Ingestion can lead to respiratory failure, abnormal heart rhythms potentially fatal, potentially fatal blood pressure, acute liver failure and rapid destruction of red blood cells. Members of a Florida family hawking chlorine dioxide through their Genesis II Church of Health and Healing in Bradenton were arrested by federal agents in 2020. They are believed to have earned more than $ 1 million. dollars thanks to the sale of their âmiracleâ elixir.
One of QAnon’s core beliefs, which stems from a succession of online posts by an obscure character calling himself “Q,” holds that former President Donald Trump is secretly waging a war against an “elite cabal” worlds â, made up of cannibalistic pedophiles in the American Democratic Party, on Wall Street and in Hollywood. None of Q’s predictions, such as JFK’s impending second coming, ever materialized.
Earlier this year, the FBI issued a bulletin stating that some QAnon adherents “are likely to begin to believe that they can no longer” trust the plan “referenced in the QAnon messages and that they have an obligation to go from there. status of “digital soldiers” to engage in real world violence.
Professor Christine Sarteschi, a researcher on extremism at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, told The Daily Beast that some political leaders bear some responsibility for the rise of behaviors such as the consumption of bleach.
âUnfortunately, there isâ¦ strong Republican support for not taking the vaccine and the belief that there is no danger in Covid,â Sarteschi said in an email. âAny political party that turns away from science or logic endangers its supporters. “
Actions taken by people like the Dallas group are âalso the result of confirmation bias; the idea that people want to believe what they already believe, âexplained Sarteschi. âNews, opinions, etc. are not judged on their own merits, accuracy or reality. They are accepted if they confirm what they already believe and rejected if it goes against what they already believe, no matter how much evidence otherwise exists.
The alleged bleach drinkers in question are followers of Protzman, a 58-year-old QAnon “influencer” and Holocaust denier who was charged with domestic violence and who previously owned a demolition business in the Seattle area. .
Court files filed in King County in Washington Superior Court present a series of sinister allegations made in July 2019 by Protzman’s wife, whose first name is withheld by The Daily Beast to protect her privacy.[A]Around seven o’clock in the evening, she returned home and entered her residence which she shares with her husband for twenty-five years, Michael Protzman â, indicates a document of indictment accusing Protzman of illegal imprisonment. âThey are currently in the process of a divorce and Michael told her that if he couldn’t have her, no one could. Over the past two weeks, Michael has acted differently, not taking a shower, not working and believing in government plots. He physically held her down on the bed, using both hands to physically restrain her, using one of his legs to support his, rendering her unable to move. Michael held her in that position. for about two to three minutes until she told him that she would agree to a marriage counseling so that he let her.
When Protzman’s wife tried to walk away, Protzman, who calls himself “Negative48”, allegedly grabbed her and prevented her from leaving. She was “finally able to get out of the house and walk barefoot to her neighbor’s house where she called 911,” according to the file.
“[Protzmanâs wife] said she was afraid of Michael because he had ‘blind rage’ and she thought he might hit her, âhe continues. âMichael has assaulted her in the past; strangling her about six years ago. The police officers who responded spotted Protzman coming out of the house and, after “trying to physically restrain the police”, was taken into custody.
The case was closed without prejudice on June 8, 2021, which means it can be reopened at any time. Court records do not provide a specific reason for the dismissal, indicating that the case was closed “in the interests of justice and after discussion with the victim”.
Protzman did not respond to multiple requests for comment. His wife could not be reached.
Bleach enthusiasts received a boost last year when President Trump held a televised press conference in which he marveled at the possibility of using disinfectants to treat or prevent the COVID-19.
“I see the disinfectant banging [COVID] in a minute, a minute, “Trump said as White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx looked on, visibly uncomfortable. “And is there a way to do something like that by injecting inside, or almost by cleaning?” As you see it gets into the lungs it makes huge numbers of it on the lungs so it would be interesting to check that out.
Following a worrying increase in calls to poison control centers nationwide, the company that makes Lysol was disturbed enough to issue a statement warning Americans not to use its products as Trump had suggested.
In its own follow-up statement, the American Cleaning Institute, a trade group representing the US cleaning industry, announced, âDisinfectants are intended to kill germs or viruses on hard surfaces. Under no circumstances should they be used on the skin, ingested or injected internally.