QAnon backers call Gabby Petito an actor who distracted people from Biden's failures
"Somethings not right about this whole situation... this is clearly Black Ops to cover for Biden failures," one person said on a QAnon Telegram group
The mystery around Gabby Petito's murder has taken the country by a storm, as QAnon conspiracy theorist claims that Petito is a crisis actor and a 'false flag' to distract people from President Joe Biden's 'failures.'
Petito's disappearance sparked a nationwide search and started the floodgates for a sea of internet sleuths trying to find her. Earlier this week Petito's remains were found in Wyoming and her death was ruled a homicide. Separately, her fiance, Brian Laundrie, has disappeared and been declared a person of interest in the case. While some theorists have called her an actor who is being used to diverge everyone's focus from Biden's 'failures' others have claimed that Petito doesn't actually exist.
In several QAnon Telegram groups, there are different bizarre versions of events. When the FBI said that they found a body fitting Petito's description at a remote campsite near the Grand Teton National Park, Insider saw multiple posts spring up on the QAnon-focused Telegram channels GhostEzra, which has more than 330,000 subscribers, and WeTheMedia, which has more than 246,000 subscribers, where comment threads spiraled into long discussions about Petito's case. "Somethings not right about this whole situation... this is clearly Black Ops to cover for Biden failures. Was he ever real? Is SHE? Another false flag right before the audits," posted a Telegram user with the ID SherRryWW1G, referring to the problem-plagued Maricopa County, Arizona, audit of 2020 election votes.
According to an Insider story, QAnon believers often claim that major news events are 'false flags' manufactured events designed to elicit social or political responses or pull attention away from 'real' news. Commenters on QAnon influencer channels attempted to draw connections between Petito and other significant events. One common conspiracy theory floated by some 600 commenters on a thread on the GhostEzra Telegram channel was that the FBI made up Petito's death to distract from the Arizona vote audit and cover up the "Big Lie" that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump. "This whole case was nothing but an FBI distraction, literally on every news channel," wrote a Telegram user with the ID OdinSon87. Some users questioned why there was so much attention around a "missing white girl." "This story is odd, it's too big mainstream for a white girl. I'm just being honest. [Mainstream media] don't play the victim game with Caucasians," wrote a user with the ID Diabeetus81. "Is it a sleight of hand trick? Look here, not here (Arizona audit)? Doesn't pass the smell test."
On Tuesday, September 21, the Teton County coroner in Wyoming confirmed the remains are those of Petito, 22, and initially determined her manner of death was homicide. But the coroner, Dr. Brent Blue, did not disclose a cause of death "pending final autopsy results," the FBI said in a statement.