in the world of Qanon conspiracy theorists, back issues of the long-defunct magazine Jorge they are staples and maps vital to unlocking a key mystery.
According to a faction of QAnon believers, JorgeFounder John F. Kennedy Jr. faked his death in a 1999 plane crash to somehow team up with Donald Trump to take on a satanic cabal. Some have even identified Vincent Fusca, a Trump supporter who often wears a T-shirt with a cover of Jorge printed on it at pro-Trump events, like JFK Jr. in disguise.
These QAnon followers suspect problems of Jorge could expose JFK Jr.’s plan, if only they could decode them.
Now a QAnon ally is taking Jorge mania even more and has announced plans to bring back the magazine. Gene Ho, former 2016 Trump campaign photographer and frequent guest at Q conventions, reclaimed in a video posted online recently that he is “the new editor of Jorge.”
“Hey guys, I’m Gene Ho and I need an introduction,” Ho says in the video. “But there is someone you know who needs no introduction, none other than JFK Jr.! Because he was the first editor of Jorge. And here’s the thing, I’m the next editor of Jorge. Yes, Jorge is coming back”.
On Wednesday, a Times Square billboard heralded the magazine’s supposed return with a cover featuring the Jorge logo and a painting portraying Trump as Paul Revere.
But instead of the likes of model Cindy Crawford and actor Rob Lowe, who graced the cover of George during his run from 1995 to 2001, Ho’s reboot seems to swap Hollywood stars for QAnon luminaries.
The cover promises to “sit down” with Scott McKay, a tomahawk-wielding QAnon leader known as “Street Patrol”. The issue also includes an interview with “The Commander’s Artist” a right-wing illustrator known on the far right for portraying Trump allies such as attorney Sidney Powell and former General Michael Flynn as Revolutionary War heroes. On an email registration page, possible Jorge Subscribers are asked if they are interested in coverage of topics such as “Spirituality” and “MAGA/Patriotism”.
It’s unclear if Ho, who did not respond to a request for comment, has any legal rights to use the Jorge name or logo. Last September, a Florida company called Retrobrands USA applied for what appears to be the only extant “George” magazine-related trademark, according to a search by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The company, which also did not respond to a request for comment, describes its mission on its website as reviving “abandoned iconic consumer brands.”
What’s left of the original JorgeThe assets of appear to be held by the Hearst media conglomerate, which bought Jorgeparent company of in 2011, 10 years after the magazine ceased publication. Hearst did not respond to an email about whether he has any interest in the brand.
the course Jorge The relaunch is just the latest career reinvention for Ho, who last year ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Before the elections, Ho scrub QAnon-related merchandise from his website, including a “Trump/Kennedy 2020” t-shirt that alluded to QAnon’s idea that JFK Jr. would replace Mike Pence on Trump’s re-election ticket.
Despite being attached to the Jorge mark, Ho is vague about whether he himself believes that JFK Jr. is still alive.
“Anything to do with JFK Jr. is a resounding 100 percent ‘no comment,'” Ho said in a May appearance on a right-wing Internet show.
JFK Jr.’s unusual position in the QAnon myth has annoyed loved ones. After a faction of QAnon believers paraded through Dallas last year, convinced that JFK Jr. would come back to life, one of his friends described worshiping town country as “terrifying”.