Trump's DC hotel is hiking prices for March 4, the day QAnon followers think the former president will be sworn in

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  • QAnon followers believe that former President Donald Trump will be sworn in on March 4.

  • This belief is rooted in a conspiracy theory that all presidents after 1871 are illegitimate.

  • Trump's hotel in Washington, DC, is said to be the only one in the area that hiked prices for March 4.

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QAnon's most dedicated followers still believe that former President Donald Trump will soon be sworn in.

They insist that Trump will return to power and be inaugurated in Washington, DC, on March 4.

Coincidentally, the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, has hiked the prices of suites around that day. Some room rates at the hotel, just blocks from the White House, have almost tripled for March 3 and 4, Forbes' Suzanne Rowan Kelleher reported.

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The 'sovereign citizen' movement

The importance of March 4 for QAnon supporters is rooted in the bizarre beliefs of the "sovereign citizen" movement.

The basis for that conspiracy theory is that a law enacted in 1871 secretly turned the US into a corporation. It posits that some Americans are therefore not subject to a variety of federal laws.

Supporters of the theory believe that every president who's been inaugurated since then is illegitimate; they believe that Ulysses S. Grant was the last legitimate president.

Grant, like other presidents in the 19th century, was inaugurated on March 4. The sovereign-citizen movement posits that the republic will be restored and that Trump will become the US's 19th president on March 4, 2021.

This fantasy has gained traction with the hardcore QAnon adherents trying to make sense of President Joe Biden's recent inauguration, Vice reported.

And March 4 appears to have become a marketing opportunity for Trump's hotel.

While a deluxe-king room would usually cost $476 to $596 around March, the price for March 3 and 4 this year was $1,331 per night, Forbes reported.

The price hike appeared to be exclusive to the Trump International Hotel, Forbes said, citing Zach Everson's 1100 Pennsylvania newsletter. Other luxury hotels around the White House appeared to have standard rates for March 3 and 4, Everson said.

The Trump International Hotel did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment for this story.

This would not be the first time that a Trump hotel had raised its rates to coincide with a political event.

On January 5 and 6, Trump International raised its rates significantly. On the night of the deadly insurrection at the Capitol, the cheapest room was about $8,000, Forbes reported.

On January 7, the hotel's managing director said the in-room-dining team had "record breaking numbers" that week.

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