Actor Jim Caviezel stepped up his embrace of the QAnon conspiracy idea final weekend, showing at a casino-themed QAnon conference referred to as the “Patriot Double Down” in Las Vegas to ship a speech drenched in spiritual and QAnon references.
In what had been billed to QAnon believers as a historic occasion, the actor finest recognized for taking part in Jesus in Mel Gibson’s Ardour of the Christ reenacted a speech from Braveheart, then urged the viewers to ship “Lucifer and his henchmen straight again to hell.”
“The storm is upon us,” Caviezel stated, alluding to a QAnon slogan about an impending fascist takeover led by Donald Trump.
On the finish of his speech, Caviezel embraced a person in a suede jacket and cowboy hat who was handled by the viewers as simply as a lot a star as Caviezel: a shadowy QAnon promoter who goes by the alias Juan O. Savin.
EMBED – The QAnon conference served because the coming-out celebration for Savin, an enigmatic QAnon booster who has operated for years on the fringes of the motion, maintaining his face a secret and masking his identification behind the Savin alias.
Regardless of his hazy background, Savin is rising as a brand new energy on the conspiracy-theory proper. He has cultivated ties as a form of QAnon guru to right-wing celebrities like Caviezel and Roseanne Barr, whereas recruiting a rising slate of candidates operating to regulate elections in battleground states in 2024.
A lot of Savin’s energy on the fitting derives from a basic QAnon supply: Savin’s supporters believe he’s John F. Kennedy Jr. in disguise. In the course of the conference, the Patriot Double Down’s grasp of ceremonies posted a facial comparability of JFK Jr. and Savin on Fb, writing “May or not it’s so?” (In an indication of how widespread the concept JFK Jr. is alive is amongst QAnon believers, Savin wasn’t even the one suspected JFK Jr. double on the speaker’s listing).
Savin’s beliefs are weird even by QAnon requirements. In his ebook, Savin writes that Washington, D.C. is laid out for Masonic satan worship, with the Washington Monument meant to resemble the “lacking penis” of an Egyptian god and the State Division’s Foggy Backside location chosen for its “spells, rituals, and wizardry.” He claims that Dr. Anthony Fauci is making Satanic hand symbols throughout press conferences, and that the world is run by a cabal descended from the Biblical character Cain. Most significantly to his followers, he insists that the apocalyptic “Storm” promised by QAnon continues to be coming, even within the face of all proof on the contrary.
Savin constructed his following by way of appearances in livestreams with different QAnon promoters, together with Area McConnell, a conspiracy theorist tied to a bunch accused of plotting to kidnap youngsters. However Savin was all the time cautious to hide his face, typically aiming his digital camera down at his cowboy boots. The Savin title is an alias that performs on the quantity “107.”
The Patriot Doubledown was billed as Savin’s first public look, and he arrived in rockstar model in a purple Aston Martin convertible. As Savin tried to depart the occasion, he was mobbed by so many followers that members of a “QAnon militia” needed to transfer the group out of his approach.
Travis View, a number of the QAnon Anonymous podcast, calls Savin “a fringe influencer even throughout the QAnon neighborhood.”
“It reveals that the organizers have been keen to pander to the perimeter of the perimeter, even supposing the occasion was attended by GOP state lawmakers and candidates,” View advised The Every day Beast.
Savin’s much-anticipated unmasking in Las Vegas was one thing of a misnomer. In reality, Savin had inadvertently revealed his face a number of instances throughout livestreams, briefly reversing the digital camera on his cellphone to disclose his face.
Savin’s many rivals inside QAnon used these glimpses of his face to uncover what they are saying is his actual identification: Wayne Willott, an insurance coverage investigator within the Seattle space. A 2017 lawsuit filed in opposition to some conspiracy theorists tied to Willott alleges that Willott adopted the identification “W the Intelligence Insider,” who issued pronouncements concerning the state of the world in a lot the identical approach that Savin does now. In these radio appearances, “W the Intelligence Insider” sounds equivalent to Savin.
Willott seems to have been concerned in fringe right-wing actions going again many years, with a 1997 article within the conservative American Spectator mentioning Willott a personal investigator concerned in anti-Clinton hijinks in Arkansas.
Regardless of his obscure origins, Savin has managed to ascertain shut ties with at the least two conservative celebrities. In an October video with California secretary of state candidate Rachel Hamm, he claimed he was touring by way of Texas and Louisiana with Caviezel to boost cash to advertise Sound of Freedom, an upcoming film during which Caviezel performs the founding father of controversial anti-sex-trafficking group Operation Underground Railroad.
Caviezel already tied the film to QAnon in a promotional occasion in April when he made a reference to “adrenochroming”— the false QAnon perception that celebrities terrorize youngsters in Satanic rituals to, basically, drink their blood. Now, in Savin’s telling, he was on a highway journey with Caviezel to boost cash for the movie, evaluating their journey to the one comedians John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd soak up The Blue Brothers.
“We’re driving throughout the nation, Jim Caviezel and I, Blue Brothers, making an attempt to get the funding sorted out for the advertising facet of the film,” Savin advised Hamm.
The concept a Hollywood celeb would crew up with Savin appeared unlikely, till Savin launched Caviezel on the QAnon conference a couple of days later and sat onstage all through his speech. A publicist for Caviezel didn’t reply to requests for remark.
Dennis Rice, whose firm owns the American distribution rights to Sound of Freedom, insists Savin isn’t elevating cash for the film.
“There isn’t a formal affiliation with any political group,” Ross stated. “There isn’t a formal affiliation with Juan O. Savin. But when they need to help Sound of Freedom, I’m all for it.”
Rice rejected the concept Savin is JFK Jr. in disguise.
“I can completely, 100% inform you that that’s not true,” Rice stated.
Caviezel isn’t his solely Hollywood connection.
Savin ceaselessly makes movies with comic Roseanne Barr, who blew up her profitable sitcom partially by selling QAnon on Twitter. Of their prolonged livestreams, the one-time star comic listens deferentially as Savin unspools his conspiracy theories.
“I’m calling on you for sanity, as a result of you understand we’re all dropping our minds,” Barr advised Savin in a video recorded a day after the January 6 riot.
Savin’s affect on the fitting goes past celebrities. He performed a key function recruiting secretary of state candidates throughout the nation for 2022, in keeping with Nevada secretary of state hopeful and former state consultant Jim Marchant.
In a speech on the conference, Marchant claimed he had rented a collection at a luxurious Las Vegas resort to plot out contest his defeat in a 2020 congressional race, solely to find Savin at his door.
“Guess who confirmed up in my suite?” Marchant stated, to cheers from the viewers. “Blow you away. You noticed him Saturday, and also you noticed him at present. Juan O. Savin!”
In keeping with Marchant, Savin recruited him and several other different secretary of state candidates, together with Hamm, to run in 2022. Whereas Hamm is unlikely to win in closely Democratic California, one in all Savin’s picks, Arizona state Rep. Mark Finchem (R), has been endorsed by Donald Trump and is shaping as much as be a robust major contender.
Marchant claimed that Savin’s coalition held a gathering with MAGA luminaries like MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, former Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne, and The Gateway Pundit blogger Jim Hoft to plot out the secretary of state bids. In his speech, Marchant made clear the purpose of Savin’s push for brand new candidates: controlling elections in 2024.
“I can’t stress sufficient how vital the secretary of state workplaces are,” Marchant stated. “I believe they’re a very powerful election in our nation in 2022. And why is that? We management the election system.”
Savin’s title got here up once more at one other panel on the conference, with members of his secretary of state slate praising his claims that high members of the “deep state” will face justice in Guantanamo Bay navy tribunals, a key QAnon tenet.
“Bear in mind, Juan advised us the opposite evening that if we are able to’t get justice by way of our courts, he has constructed one other one — bear in mind he stated that the opposite evening?” stated Hamm. “He constructed one in Gitmo, he stated.”
“Our plan A: see Juan,” Marchant stated.
“Juan has been superb to us,” Hamm stated.