QAnon defies any sort of logic but one of the weirdest stories involves Austin Steinbart –nicknamed “BabyQ”– who claims to be Q himself.
His origin story is nutty (even by nutball QAnon standards) According to The Daily Beast it goes like this;
Austin Steinbart from the future has come back in time as Q to leave clues to the currently existing Austin Steinbart. Despite facing near-total ridicule from other QAnon personalities and pending federal extortion charges, Steinbart has a devoted fanbase, including a rotating cast of roughly a dozen acolytes who live with him in a house in Scottsdale, Arizona, and devote their lives to promoting him as the face of QAnon.
But now Steinbart has been arrested (again) while allegedly in possession of a plastic penis meant to evade drug testing.
The Beast says,
Steinbart had been on pretrial release since his initial arrest in April, after allegedly publishing brain scans of former NFL players and sending his fans to harass a tech company. While Steinbart’s decision to live in a house with his diehard followers and produce a series of YouTube channels about how great he is might seem like it would violate some sort of court rules, the federal judge handling Steinbart’s case apparently didn’t seem to mind it.
Even better, Steinbart had been “hired” by a pro-QAnon film crew making a documentary about him. While the judge initially banned Steinbart from using the internet, his so-called job appears to have consisted of posting about QAnon online, so the judge restored his social media access.
Alas for BabyQ, he didn’t abide by his other court release rules, which included restrictions on smoking marijuana. Steinbart claims to have smoked pot roughly a dozen times in late August—unluckily, right as some discontented Steinbart lieutenants with noms de guerre like “Ms. Qniverse” began realizing that Steinbart maybe wasn’t receiving instructions from his future being after all.
Several of Steinbart’s fans defected from the house, and at least one wrote letters to the FBI and other law enforcement officials alleging drug use taking place at his home. On Sept. 1, Steinbart was arrested yet again.
Steinbart wasn’t just in trouble for the pot though, according to court records, Steinbart allegedly was in possession of a “Whizzinator”—a plastic, penis-shaped tube device meant to be used to smuggle in clean urine during a drug test.
Steinbart admitted to smoking marijuana but sidestepped the fake pee-pee and he’ll stay in jail pending his trial.
This week, the documentary’s creators said they would have to put the film on hold, both because Steinbart is in jail. And because people keep making fun of the Whizzinator.
In their statement, the filmmakers’ blamed the “embarrassing popularity” of a hashtag mocking Steinbart as one reason they had to end the project. #FreeTheWhizzinator
(via The Daily Beast)