There is very little that former President Donald Trump can do to anger his ultra-loyal QAnon support base, but shilling NFTs seems to be one of them.
On Thursday, when Trump announced that he was launching a series of $99 digital trading cards with some truly disastrous graphic design, even QAnon supporters turned on the former president.
The anger on Telegram channels and pro-Trump message boards was palpable. The day prior, the Trump team had said a “major announcement” was coming Thursday. Many from the QAnon community had expected—as they have for the last five years—that the “major announcement” from Trump was about how he was going to take down the deep state, arresting his enemies and taking control of America once again.
Instead, QAnon followers lashed out at the “shit storm debacle NFT announcement” as one Telegram user described it. Another called it a “foolish NFT cash grab,” while another described Trump’s move as “shilling NFTs for campaign funds.”
The cards, which Trump falsely claimed “feature amazing ART of my Life & Career” (the former president was depicted as an astronaut and fighter pilot in two of the cards), seemed to be uniquely designed to appeal to his QAnon followers.