VICE/For almost three years, acolytes of the QAnon conspiracy theory have been waiting for a sign from President Donald Trump, the central character in their unhinged political fantasy. It’s a ridiculous storyline that claims the U.S. president is leading a top-secret campaign to foil a deep-state plot to oust him while simultaneously trying to uncover an international child sex-trafficking ring that includes Hillary Clinton, Tom Hanks, and Bill Gates.

Those followers believe he gave them that sign on Wednesday evening, when for the first time Trump acknowledged QAnon in public, in response to a question from a reporter.

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