President Joe Biden and the first lady announced on Saturday the passing of the family dog Champ, a 13-year-old German Shepherd who died peacefully at the Biden’s family home in Delaware. Meanwhile, some QAnon supporters appear to have taken the announcement as a secret code.
Forbes reporter Andrew Solender tweeted the announcement of Champ’s passing, and a cryptic reply caught his attention.
An account known as EyesOpen tweeted: “Dog comms? Seem a few around at the mo!!!”
“Comms” are formally known as secret messages that can be decoded by QAnon supporters.
Writer and popular debunker Mike Rothschild followed up to inform that dog comms have been around for quite some time.
“When James Comey‘s dog died, QAnon believers claimed the announcement was code that George HW Bush had secretly been executed,” Rothschild tweeted. “Get ready for them to relentlessly bake Champ’s death.”
James Comey, the former FBI director, lost his rescue dog in 2018 and tweeted at the time: “Because he was a rescue, we didn’t know his age today, except ‘very old.’ He was a friend to an entire big family as only a dog can be. Goodbye old soul.”
The description of “an entire big family” caught QAnon believers’ attention. In a video posted on BitChute by a channel called “InPursuitofTruth,” the creator said he found the “big family” very cryptic.
Because of the relation to George H.W. Bush‘s code name, which had been Timberwolf, some QAnoners connected Bush’s death to Comey’s announcement, believing the former FBI director to be aware of Bush’s death before the public and releasing the information secretly.
Rothschild tweeted: “#QAnon is already claiming that George HW Bush was taken out by the deep state as a distraction. The proof being a tweet about James Comey’s dog.”
And now, it seems, the death of Champ may be code for something else. Some commenters on messaging platform Telegram had posted the announcement of Champ and wrote, “interdasting,” with a few quizzical emoticons.
Another commented afterward and said: “State Funeral Coming?”
Newsweek reached out to Rothschild but has yet to receive a response.
Other incidents have invoked the idea that government officials are using “comms” to communicate cryptically, as many QAnon believers latched onto an incident that took place last week.
A cicada landed on Biden’s neck as he prepared for his visit to Cornwall, England, for the G7 summit, and a video was circulated on social media of him swatting the insect away.
“Watch out for the cicadas,” Biden told reporters shortly afterward. “I just got one. It got me.”
Newsweek reported earlier that We The Media, a group of QAnon advocates with more than 225,000 subscribers on its Telegram account, believes that Biden swatting at the cicadas is actually “comms.”
“JOE BIDEN BITTEN BY A CICADA – COMMS? Just so happens that Cicada nymphs emerge after a 17-year childhood underground!!!” We The Media wrote.
The “underground” comment is a reference to the baseless QAnon belief that a network of secret underground tunnels exists and children are being trafficked and abused by satanic pedophiles.