The followers of a woman they believe to be the execution-happy secret Queen of Canada have donated over $50,000 to her campaign for wildfire victims.
Romana Didulo, the woman at the centre of a QAnon-adjacent conspiracy that revolves around her being secretly put in control of Canada by Donald Trump, has raised $54,040 of her $25,000,000 goal. The campaign only lists Didulo and does not indicate where exactly the money would be going.
Instead, it simply says, “Hi, I am Queen Romana of Canada. I am Fundraising to build Homes for Families in BC, Canada who lost their Homes to BC wildfire.”
Didulo also made a video to confirm to her audience she’s not receiving money. “It’s not being used for other reasons, OK,” she said in the video. “And no, our Telegram account has not been hacked.”
A spokesperson GoFundMe intially told VICE World News they were reviewing the campaign and had frozen the funds. Following the publication of the article, GoFundMe deleted the campaign.
”The fundraiser has been removed from the platform because it violated GoFundMe Terms of Service, and all donors will be fully refunded,” a spokesperson said. “The organizer has also been banned from using the GoFundMe platform for any future fundraisers.”
Didulo was thrust into prominence in the spring by several well-known QAnon figures who “confirmed” her status as Queen of Canada. They believe she is fighting a secret war against a pedophilic cabal currently controlling the country. She has a small but active fanbase, which has spent considerable time sending out cease and desist notices to businesses and people telling them to stop following all COVID-19 regulations or else they’re contravening her rule; she’s implied that those who break her law will be executed. (This reporter has received one of these cease and desist letters.)
Didulo pushed the fundraiser several times on her popular Telegram page. She wrote that 18 people, dubbed “guardians,” are working with her to find applicants for the funds. Some of their tasks include taking screenshots of the campaign every day and setting up a private Telegram account where they can vet followers who apply.
VICE World News reached out to Didulo through the GoFundMe Page and didn’t receive a response. People who donated sizable amounts to the campaign likewise didn’t respond.
Several of the donations had comments about Didulo or featured the popular QAnon saying “WWG1WGA” (where we go one we go all) but others were simply focused on the fire. Multiple people donated $1,000 to Didulo and one person even donated $10,000.
Numerous GoFundMe pages were set up for wildfire relief in British Columbia as the province is in the midst of one of the worst seasons in recent memory. The company even set up a homepage to allow people easier access to campaigns (Didulo’s was not on this list).
Several blogs, which are anti-Didulo, have popped up urging people not to donate to her. Some of these people even donated to her in order to warn others not to donate to her.
“This is a grift, and you are funding Queen Didulo’s new home... watch yourself,” wrote one person who donated $5.
One of the main reasons Didulo is popular is she believes her enemies and anyone who threatens her followers and the QAnon movement should be killed. Her followers typically react to the threats with great enthusiasm.
She recently posted a cease and desist notice to “all farmers” whom she believes are intentionally destroying crops and livestock to create a famine, and vowed to execute them.
“The Penalty for crimes against humanity in Canada is DEATH,” it reads. “Furthermore, your Farms will be seized and transferred to men/women farmers who have demonstrated their pure intentions to sustain human life on earth.”
Many reacted to the threat to kill the farmers with heart, praying, or first bump emojis.
Didulo has railed against other QAnon or conspiracy figures in Canada who have attempted to raise money off their supporters. She also routinely posts about how powerful she is and how she’s in touch with a “galactic federation” that can make it rain.
While many followers support the wildfire fundraiser, others are calling Didulo’s legitimacy into question. One former supporter was so irate they made a half-hour video about it.
“There is so much new technology available to us,” the person said, referring to fantastical ideas about weather machines. “And here we are doing a little GoFundMe and squeezing money out of Canadians to go buy lumber and build new houses. It just doesn’t make sense.”
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