U.S. Republican who supports conspiracy theory wins nomination to Congress

Clay Curtis
August 13, 2020

Though she finished 19 points ahead of neurosurgeon John Cowan in a June primary, neither crested the 50% mark.

The victor of Tuesday's runoff will face Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal in November.

The QAnon conspiracy is actually a wide set of theories. Her aggressive advocacy on liberal issues, and her eagerness to take on Donald Trump, made her a prominent target of right-wing criticisms. That triggered a runoff-along with, at the time, critical remarks about her views from GOP leaders, though of the House leadership, only Minority Whip Steve Scalise actively supported Cowan's campaign.

Though she wasn't the "mainstream" choice of Republicans, Greene did receive support from other far-right conservatives in Congress, including from Rep. Jim Jordan of OH, who raised thousands of dollars on her behalf.

According to a report by Media Matters, "multiple adherents to the conspiracy theory have been tied to acts of violence, including multiple murders and attempted kidnappings, and an Federal Bureau of Investigation field office released a memo in May 2019 that listed QAnon as a potential domestic terrorism threat". The belief has been associated with violence, including two killings, vandalism of a church, kidnapping, and a standoff at the Hoover Dam.

Pamela Reardon, who wore a pin featuring Trump and the American flag, said she supports Greene because she connects with people and she is anti-abortion, a defender of the Second Amendment and a true Christian. "If she is unable to do so, she should be called for what she is: a reactionary fabulist". And we're going to kick that b***h out of Congress, ' Greene said.

Greene's campaign manager, Isaiah Wartman, did not respond to a request for comment.

Georgia Democratic Party Executive Director Scott Hogan slammed Greene's victory.

Taking to social media following the result on Tuesday, Ms Omar said she was looking forward to returning to Congress. "We know that for sure".

In a victory speech posted to social media, Greene said she chose to enter politics because the country is heading in the wrong direction.

"I know a ton of white people that are as lazy and sorry and probably worse than black people", she said.

Ms Greene is part of a growing list of Republican candidates to express support for the conspiracy theory. Most, however, stand little chance of being elected because their districts are deep blue. And many media outlets have covered her support for the outlandish QAnon conspiracy theory. Handel is running to win back the metro Atlanta seat she lost to Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath in 2018.

Marjorie Taylor Greene just won her Republican primary runoff.

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"I got behind her because of her honesty", she said.

"Honestly the local Democratic money is not a lot", he said.

In that race, Moore, a former state judge twice removed from office, was abandoned by his party's Senate campaign arm.

She then blasted the Black Lives Matter movement.

She also recently spread the false and anti-Semitic conspiracy that billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros betrayed other Jews during the Holocaust (Soros was born in Hungary in 1930 and was only 15 when World War II ended in 1945).

Other controversial online comments Greene has made include comparing the victorious runs for office of Reps.

In June, McCarthy called Greene's comments "appalling" and he said he had "no tolerance for them".

In fact, Greene said in a recent video interview that McCarthy remained supportive of her.

"There's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles out, and I think we have the president to do it", Greene added.

In a statement addressing the controversy, Greene brushed off the criticism. 'She's not going to be bought by anybody.

Greene has amassed tens of thousands of followers on social media, where she often posts videos of herself speaking directly to the camera.

On her words promoting QAnon, meanwhile, her potential future colleagues have been mostly mum.

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