Who is Terpsichore Maras-Lindeman? 'Time-traveling' QAnon leader says Trump will be soon be reinstated
A QAnon leader who claims she can time travel is reportedly rallying thousands of her followers to carry out a plot to oust "illegally elected" US officials and replace them with their own leaders.
Terpsichore Maras-Lindeman has spent months building a network of supporters in all 50 states after President Joe Biden's inauguration in January. Now, she has promised her followers that "retribution is coming" for "the stolen 2020 election" and claimed that former President Donald J Trump will soon be reinstated into office.
Since January, Maras-Lindeman has rapidly grown her subscriber base on her Twitch channel, 'Tore Says', which has raked in tens of thousands of dollars through crowdfunding campaigns. She even managed to convince her followers to donate over $80,000 so she could purchase a new Tesla, Vice News reported. Even though she shares conspiracy theories, is currently trying to organize a nationwide uprising, claims to be able to travel to the future, and features a burning Q as part of her logo, Maras-Lindeman’s channel has not been banned. It is listed among the most popular Twitch channels anywhere in the world.
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Who is Terpsichore Maras-Lindeman?
Maras-Lindeman is a popular conservative podcaster and supporter of Trump. She was a witness in one of pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell's election-related lawsuits, who described her as a "private contractor with experience gathering and analyzing foreign intelligence," according to The Washington Post.
Maras-Lindeman was also fined $25,000 in civil penalties and attorneys’ fees in 2020. According to a report, she wanted to crowdfund a Christmas concert supposedly for the benefit of three homeless shelters in Minot. The state’s attorney general discovered she spent what little she raised on GoFundMe at McDonald’s, Wal-Mart, Waxing the City, Target and other stores. Once those findings were certified by a judge, she was fined.
Maras-Lindeman has outlined an ambitious plan to oust lawmakers across the country just weeks after Biden's inauguration, arguing that Q believers were tired of having elections stolen from them. Their first target was Ohio, according to Vice News. “Ohio’s gonna be lit, next week we’re gonna be setting some serious fires,” Maras-Lindeman told her Twitch followers on January 29, before issuing a warning to the "illegally elected" lawmakers. “You want a great reset? Here it is. We’re gonna do it our way, and that’s by eliminating you," she declared.
As reported by Vice News, Maras-Lindeman and her pro-Trump followers believe that voting machines in various states across the country were not properly certified during the 2020 election. As a result, elected officials from both sides of the aisle were illegitimate. This scenario can be grounds for what's known as a “quo warranto” lawsuit, a rare legal action that requires a person to "show by what warrant an office or franchise is held, claimed, or exercised."
Any resident of a particular state can justifiably oust an elected official from the same district after filing such a lawsuit, thereby replacing them until a new election is held. “From what I can discern, the final step is meeting at the Ohio Supreme Court, where they’ll look to have Ms Lindeman filing their election fraud warrants, in an effort to remove the ‘illegally elected’ representatives, and take their place,” Genevieve Oh, a "live-streaming analyst" who has reportedly been observing Maras-Lindeman’s activity on Twitch for months, told VICE News.
According to an online spreadsheet used by the group obtained by Vice News, over 60 people in Ohio alone have signed up to participate in the mass lawsuit filing. Maras-Lindeman's support base grew dramatically in the months following Biden's inauguration. In the meantime, she organized state-specific groups on the encrypted messaging app Telegram so participants could coordinate their efforts and get more citizens to sign up to challenge elected officials.
Some of the groups have over 500 members, like those in Ohio and Wisconsin. According to the news outlet, each of the state campaigns have been given different names, such as “Operation 1776” in Ohio and “Operation Reigns" in Wisconsin.
Vice News reported the contents of a document shared with the Wisconsin group to give those involved in the campaign a rundown of what needs to be accomplished.
“The majority of us are not ‘claiming’ a seat with the intention of remaining in it long-term (although I think many of us should consider this), nor are we attempting a long term coup; we simply want to hold their place just long enough to prove our point and assure WI voting is safe, secure, and transparent," the document states, adding that "if they (those ‘elected’) are TRULY OUR servants (and our actions will remind them they are), they should then support our effort to bring upon the changes required to institute a fair election process so they may (or may not) be re-elected."