As conspiracy theories went, it was quite a silly one — reveling in its own esotericism. Advocates of QAnon did not compile evidence as much as seize upon random data points that seemed menacing in their collective surrealism. The idea of “the storm,” for example, came from Trump’s once remarking “this is the calm before the storm” as he attended a dinner with military officials and their wives. Why, surely that could only mean that he was going to arrest Tom Hanks and Hillary Clinton.