Tracy Diaz, who also goes by Tracy Beanz, has been identified as one of the internet conspiracy theorists who has helped the “QAnon” conspiracy theory crack into the mainstream. What was once a wild theory that started on Reddit and 4chan, “QAnon” has been gaining more play after signs promoting the conspiracy theory and some saying “We Are Q” have begun popping up at rallies for President Donald Trump across the country.
In a report by NBC News, Diaz has been identified as one of the people who helped “spark some of the first conversations about Qanon” online.
For those who don’t know, QAnon claims to leak intelligence about a top-secret war between the Trump administration and a group of people who engage in criminal activity led by Hillary Clinton and the far-right’s beloved “Hollywood elite” target.
Diaz is no stranger to the internet world. She previously hosted a relatively unknown talk show named “TD Uncensored With Tracy Diaz” and has also popped up on various fringe YouTube channels discussing the far-right’s most favorite wacky conspiracy theories like PizzaGate. Recently, her love of QAnon alleged led to the relocation of a thread to Reddit where it could reach a wider audience outside of 4chan.
“I recommended we start the CBTS Reddit board. And the Reddit was born. Initially I was very involved with modding and talking to folks over there, but at the time, I was working a full-time job, doing this research, and being a wife and mother, and it just got to be too much, so I handed the reins over to the anons to take care of the board instead,” she wrote in a blog post.
Since diving deeper into conspiracy theories, the Tracy Beanz YouTube account has continued to gain popularity, as NBC News notes.
Diaz’s YouTube channel now boasts more than 90,000 subscribers and her videos have been watched over 8 million times. More than 97,000 people follow her on Twitter. Diaz, who emerged from bankruptcy in 2009, says in her YouTube videos that she now relies on donations from patrons funding her YouTube “research” as her sole source of income.
She consistently covers fringe conspiracy theories and gives her takes on the ongoing Robert Mueller investigation, who QAnon believes think is working with Donald Trump to expose thousands of pedophiles who hold prominent roles like Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
You can read the full profile of Diaz and others who push the QAnon conspiracy theory into the mainstream on NBC News.