Well this is not exactly a surprise: QAnon Followers are Hijacking the #savethechildren Movement
It's almost like the whole "Q" thing was set up to provide cover for actual child sex trafficking (hey everybody, look over here instead!), which is a real thing even if Pizza joints accused of operating rings out of non-existent basements aren't. Or if not set up for that then appropriated for it by political opportunists. Whenever my gut feeling recoils as hard against something as it did to the Q crap, it's always eventually vindicated as more information comes to light. And I had that feeling in a big way even before I did a little checking and saw real quick that Q was total bullshit.
There is a curious consistency among recent political and cultural trends involving the diluting (or neutering) of the effectiveness of populist movements and narratives by getting them all mixed up and confused with fictional or unrelated lunacy that sounds very similar to the goals and agendas of the legitimate groups, and this trend doesn't seem like an accident.
As a direct result of that sort of fuckery, reasonable mass movements for egalitarian social change are getting co-opted like never before, and are being led into dead-ends by extremist positions that alienate the majority such movements need on their side, effectively stopping them in their tracks and possibly even causing people's attitudes about the subject to regress thanks to the backlash from the majority that extremism inspires. And atrocities are allowed to continue by diluting the movements intended to stop them with idiotic nonsense that makes all accusations of committing such atrocities suspect, which certainly doesn't help actual victims of real sex trafficking, police brutality, etc..
All indications are that Epstein and friends really did traffic and victimize children, but shit like armed nutjobs "liberating" non-existent child victims from non-existent basements of real pizza parlors makes genuine and evidence-based accusations less convincing to reasonable people; "Oh, he had a private sex-trafficking island, did he? You mean like how that pizza place had a sex slave dungeon in the basement?" [insert condescending and dismissive eye roll here]
I get the impression that what we're seeing right now in the U.S. in particular is what a society in the process of tearing apart the social fabric that once held it more-or-less together looks like. Or maybe we're just dispensing with the illusion that such a social fabric ever really existed, which suggests that a cohesive and functioning society requires a singular cultural narrative (our "story") that is upheld and believed by a majority of the population regardless of its values. This probably explains why various brutal and oppressive Dictatorships can endure for decades (or longer), and why a place like Iraq exploded into sectarian violence as soon as the dominant narrative of Saddam's regime was destroyed (same went for the Balkans as soon as the USSR was out of the picture).
The good news is that tearing apart a nation's social fabric is always a self-limiting phenomenon. The bad news is that history suggests it usually limits itself by destroying the nation it formerly held together, and all nations are subject to ending this way, from brutal Dictatorships to ostensibly-free Republics. I suppose this is why "Dark Ages" come and go, and then come back again.