Anderson Cooper sat down with a former QAnon believer this weekend for an interview on CNN — and in a viral moment from their conversation, the ex–conspiracy theorist admitted that he used to believe Anderson ate babies. Like, human babies.
But before we get into that, let's give some context here. QAnon is a far-right collective delusion that falsely claims that Donald Trump is secretly fighting against an underground pedophile network run by Democrats and Hollywood celebrities. The various claims made by QAnon are totally false and easily debunked, but its believers are fervent. Their ever-growing list of theories involve things like robots masquerading as humans, UFOs, Satanic worship, 9/11 trutherism, something called "bird aliens," and John F. Kennedy Jr. faking his own death.
One core tenet of QAnon is the idea that these imaginary Democrat pedophiles are not only molesting children, but they're also killing them and then drinking their blood so they can live longer. Disturbing? Yes. Complete and total made-up garbage that puts innocent people in danger? Also yes.
So in Anderson's special report on QAnon, he sat down with a former believer, Jitarth Jadeja, to ask some questions about all this — and he received an answer he didn't quite expect.
"Did you, at the time, believe that high-level Democrats and celebrities were worshipping Satan, drinking the blood of children?" Anderson asked.
"Anderson, I thought you did that," Jitarth said. "And I would like to apologize for that right now. So, I apologize for thinking that you ate babies. But yeah, 100%."
"But you actually believed that I was drinking the blood of children?" Anderson asked, taken aback. Jitarth once again confirmed that yes, he did think Anderson was drinking the blood of children to extend his lifespan.
Jitarth went on to explain that Anderson is actually a frequent target of QAnon's conspiracies, with some believers asserting that he's secretly a robot in disguise:
It's because Q [the leader of QAnon] specifically mentioned you, and he mentioned you very early on. And he mentioned you by name, and from there, he also talked about like, for example, your family. And I'm gonna be honest, people still talk about that to this day. There were posts about that just four days ago. Some people thought you were a robot.