With Lin Wood causing chaos with the South Carolina GOP it's important to remember that he is openly a QAnon believer and an important neo-QAnon influencer. Unlike established d'influences in QAnon wood has pushed the narrative forward creating new conspriscies for adherents.
His telegram channel has 835,000 followers, it is the largest QAnon channel, followed by Sidney Powell with her 500,000 followers. The channel administered by 38 OG QAnon influencers has only 210,000. Wood has more followers on telegram than all the QAnon groups on Gab.
Woods influence comes from 3 vectors: 1) his proximity to the Former president, 2) his position of power and influence as a lawyer and 3) he hasn't told QAnon followers to stand by and wait, but provided new avenues of investigation and conspiracy, this providing participation
At this point it's not about canonical adherence to QAnon or the drops with Wood, which has pissed off some OG influencers (womp womp). He's creating political conspiracies that are "prescient" to those invested in the political conspiracy about corrupted governments and elites
His recent political shenanigans has given him a boost in new followers and views. Though the impact of that is difficult to measure.

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1/ My colleagues @Blyth_Crawford @FlorenceKeen and @hannah1_rose and I have been working on this massive report for weeks to provide insight into the state of domestics violent extremism after the first 100 days of the Biden administration. Here is what we found:
2/ We applied a mixed methods approach, leveraging data scientific methods and digital ethonography, in an effort to better understand MAGA-related groups, movements, and narratives both prior to and after Biden’s inauguration.
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1/ Here is part two of our QAnon Women in Politics miniseries here! @Blyth_Crawford and I look at the women who made political careers out of QAnon.

2/ The most prominent careers built upon a QAnon foundation are those of Congresswomen Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert who endorsed QAnon during their bids for Congress.
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1/ New piece by @Blyth_Crawford and I on our series about QAnon and women, this time we examine the women who ran for office in 2020.
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1/ For those who were not available for the presentation here is my slides and some comments. Link to the presentation is here
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1/ Today Yahoo News published a story about a report from the Soufan Center on how China and Russia were fueling Qanon conspiracy theories. The report has a problematic methodology in regards to how it uses and perceives data, also the report has a weak grasp of QAnon.
2/ First lets get something clear, the report claims to be data driven, however, there is no explanation of the data sources (I am assuming it is @crowdtangle ). If that is the case then there should be a methodological explanation. If not that should be explain as its important
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