Official video posted to Trump’s social media account appears to use QAnon song
The QAnon community is celebrating Trump’s apparent use of a song titled “Wwg1wga” — the slogan for the conspiracy movement
Update (8/12/22): A Trump spokesperson claimed to Vice that “the track on the video is not a song titled ‘WWG1WGA’ by Richard Feelgood, but rather … a song called ‘Mirrors’, by TV and film composer Will Van De Crommert, who has composed music for Saturday Night Live and the 2016 Rio Olympics, among others.” However, as Vice notes, “the songs are identical, according to a professor of music theory.” Media Matters has also used the audio editing software Audacity to analyze isolated audio tracks of both Mirrors and Wwg1wga, and found their audio profiles to be virtually identical.
Former President Donald Trump appeared to use a song named after the slogan for the QAnon conspiracy theory in a video promoting his rally speeches, which some in the QAnon community have hyped as supposedly corroborating the categorically false conspiracy theory and the movement it has inspired.
On August 9, Trump posted a video on his social media platform Truth Social featuring footage of himself speaking at his rallies and criticizing President Joe Biden. The video featured background audio and visual imagery of rain and thunderstorms before switching to a rising instrumental musical track.
According to a Media Matters review using both Google’s voice assistant and Apple’s Shazam app, the music in Trump’s video is a song titled Wwg1wga, produced in 2020 by an artist using the name “Richard Feelgood” on Spotify. The acronym “wwg1wga” is a common shorthand in the QAnon community for the slogan “Where we go one, we go all.” Discussion of a supposedly imminent “storm” is also important in QAnon lore, referring to a prophesied event where Trump’s perceived enemies — who are also supposedly part of a global satanic cabal of pedophiles — would be arrested and possibly executed. The phrase “the best is yet to come,” which was also featured in the video, is another popular refrain in the QAnon community. The Spotify album featuring Wwg1wga lists other songs whose titles also seem to be about QAnon, including Q Send Me and I Am Q.
Trump’s video has since been shared by One America News Network and received other right-wing media coverage that did not note the apparent conspiracy theory references scattered throughout it.
The QAnon community, however, has noticed and celebrated the appearance of the song, with supporters writing, “If that's not a Q proof then I don’t know what is,” calling it “THE mother of all Q proofs,” and adding that it “might be the biggest nod they’ve ever given us tbh.” Others claimed that it was “confirmation” of the conspiracy theory and that “they're basically telling us” that “there’s a plan at this point.” One QAnon adherent claimed of the song choice, “That’s not an accident. Team Trump knows exactly what they’re doing.”
Last year, “Trump associates” claimed to Politico that “they had attempted to weed out any QAnon influences — both adherents and postings — getting close to him,” after Trump had praised the QAnon community and amplified it on Twitter during his presidency. Despite that, Truth Social’s leadership and others in Trump’s orbit have openly pandered to and associated with the QAnon community.
The QAnon community has been tied to multiple acts of violence, including the January 6 insurrection, and government agencies have repeatedly issued internal warnings about domestic terrorism threats from QAnon supporters. The House January 6 committee has also been scrutinizing former Trump deputy chief of staff and social media aide Dan Scavino for repeatedly seeming to wink at QAnon supporters with his social media content.