Far-right QAnon supporter Marjorie Taylor Greene is virtually guaranteed to win a House seat despite her long history of racist beliefs
- Marjorie Taylor Greene, a far-right conspiracy theorist and staunch Trump supporter, won the Republican primary runoff for a northwest Georgia House seat on Tuesday.
- Greene owns a construction company with her husband and largely self-financed her House bid.
- She has a long history of making racist, anti-Semitic, and Islamophobic remarks and called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a "bitch" during her victory party this week.
- Greene is also known for her belief in the unfounded QAnon conspiracy theory, and she will almost certainly be the first person to publicly endorse the QAnon conspiracy to serve in Congress.
- Her victory presents a fresh dilemma for House Republicans who initially tried to distance themselves from her but welcomed her into the GOP conference after she won her runoff.
Marjorie Taylor Greene, a far-right QAnon conspiracy supporter, won the Republican primary for a northwest Georgia House seat on Tuesday.
In her deeply red district, she's virtually guaranteed to win the general and take a seat in Congress.
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump threw his full support behind Greene, calling her a "future Republican Star" and "strong on everything" in a congratulatory tweet.
But less than two months ago, Republican leadership in Washington rejected Greene, calling racist comments she's made "appalling" and "disgusting." House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other House GOP leaders endorsed Greene's primary opponent, neurosurgeon John Cowan, who called Greene "a circus act" and "crazy."
But Republican leadership did little to prevent Greene from winning the nomination. After her victory this week, McCarthy said Greene would be welcomed into the Republican conference. A spokesperson for his office also told Politico they "look forward" to Greene and "all of our Republican candidates across the country" winning on Election Day.
Greene made clear during her Tuesday night victory speech that she'll be a divisive voice in Washington, attacking fellow Republicans, the "fake news" media, and Democratic leaders. In one of her biggest applause lines of the night, Greene called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "anti-American" and a "bitch."
"I just want to say to Nancy Pelosi, she's a hypocrite, she's an anti-American and we're going to kick that bitch out of Congress," Greene said.
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Greene owns a construction company with her husband and largely self-financed her political campaign. In addition to having a long history of making racist comments, she's also known for spouting unfounded conspiracy theories.
She's repeatedly expressed strong support for the QAnon conspiracy theory. Broadly, the conspiracy claims that the world is run by a Satanic cabal of elites intent on bringing down the Trump presidency.
It alleges, among other things, that the former special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and other top Democrats who opposed Trump; and that the so-called American "deep state" tried to shoot down Air Force One before Trump's summit in North Korea last year.
QAnon followers believe there will be a "Great Awakening" before a "storm" — an idea derived from the president's unclear reference in 2017 to "the calm before the storm" — during which Trump will conquer elites, globalists, and the deep state.
"Q is a patriot," Greene said in a video posted to YouTube in 2017, adding that the conspiracy is "something worth listening to and paying attention to.
Q "is someone that very much loves his country, and he's on the same page as us, and he is very pro-Trump," she said in the video. "There's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles out, and I think we have the president to do it."
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Greene also posed for photos with the well-known former Ku Klux Klan leader, Chester Doles, who expressed support for her bid and touted her support for the conspiracy theory.
"Our friend Marjorie Greene is running for Congress. She's part of the Q movement," Doles wrote in a March social media post. "Good friend to have."
Greene will almost certainly be the first person to publicly express belief in the QAnon conspiracy to serve in Congress.
"It's odd, there's never any evidence shown for a plane in the Pentagon," she went on, apparently referencing a 9/11 conspiracy trafficked on fringe forums.
In reality, the hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, killing 125 people in the building and all 59 people on the plane. The incident and its aftermath were documented by video and photographs.
On Thursday afternoon, Greene conceded the conspiracy is "not correct" in a series of tweets in which she initially falsely said three, rather than four, planes were hijacked on 9/11.
Racist, anti-Semitic, and Islamophobic comments
Greene has promoted white grievance and espoused a host of bigoted beliefs, expanding on many of them in videos recorded and posted to social media between 2017 and 2019, first reported on by Politico.
She claimed in one such video that Black Americans should be "proud" of the Confederate flag because it illustrates the progress the country has made since the Civil War. She claimed that Black voters "are held slaves to the Democratic Party" and that "the gangs are holding them back, it's not white people."
She argued that those who are unemployed have made "bad choices" and failed to take "personal responsibility."
"I know a ton of white people that are as lazy and sorry and probably worse than Black people I know," she said.
"Guess what? Slavery is over," she said. "Black people have equal rights."
Greene argued that white men are "the most mistreated group of people in the United States today."
"White men are not the bad guys," she said.
In another post, she called the billionaire and liberal philanthropist George Soros a Nazi. And she claimed there's "an Islamic invasion into our government," pointing to Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar. She's repeatedly derided Muslims, claiming they "have sex with little boys, little girls" and "brutalize women."
During her victory speech on Tuesday night, Greene called claims that she's racist, anti-Semitic, and otherwise bigoted Democratic smears.
"If you believe in God, the Democrats will call you intolerant — that's a fact," Greene said. "If you respect our veterans and our law enforcement, the fake news will call you a racist. If you stand up for President Trump, they're going to call you a fascist or a Nazi. If you love this country and want to stop radical, hate America people like George Soros, from destroying it, they're going to call you an anti-Semite."
She added, "Do not accept it, do not apologize, and do not back down."
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