scorecardMarjorie Taylor Greene said 3 GOP senators are 'pro-pedophile' for backing Ketanji Brown Jackson to join SCOTUS, recycling a QAnon smear
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Marjorie Taylor Greene said 3 GOP senators are 'pro-pedophile' for backing Ketanji Brown Jackson to join SCOTUS, recycling a QAnon smear

Tom Porter   

Marjorie Taylor Greene said 3 GOP senators are 'pro-pedophile' for backing Ketanji Brown Jackson to join SCOTUS, recycling a QAnon smear
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  • Greene attacked GOP senators who said they'd vote to approve Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.
  • She called them "pro-pedophile," picking up on distorted attacks from Jackson's confirmation hearings.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene pushed a baseless smear about Republican senators, describing them as "pro-pedophile" for supporting Ketanji Brown Jackson's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Mitt Romney of Utah and Susan Murkowski of Alaska announced Monday that they would join fellow Republican Susan Collins of Maine in the forthcoming vote to approve Jackson, President Joe Biden's nominee for the vacancy on the court.

It followed a procedural vote Monday where the three Republicans voted to break a deadlock in the Senate, advancing her nomination to a full confirmation vote.

Their support means that Jackson is likely to be confirmed, provided almost all Democratic senators also vote in her favor.

On Twitter, Greene responded by pushing an attack on the senators that critics have interpreted as a covert appeal to the far-right QAnon movement.

"Murkowski, Collins, and Romney are pro-pedophile. They just voted for #KBJ," tweeted Greene, a prominent member of the GOP's far right House faction whose political career has soared from stirring online controversy.

Greene was apparently alluding to criticism of Jackson made by GOP senator Josh Hawley during her confirmation hearings.

Hawley claimed that Jackson's sentencing record for those guilty of possessing child abuse images was lenient, a line of attack which was subsequently picked up by other GOP senators who questioned her.

Legal experts, including many conservatives, denounced the attack as misleading and false.

Some critics saw the line of questioning as having another purpose, and accused Hawley of seeking to appeal to the QAnon conspiracy theory movement. One of QAnon's central beliefs — which has no evidence to support it — is that Democratic elites run child-trafficking networks.

Interest in the hearings spiked among QAnon adherents after Hawley raised the issue, according to data cited by NPR.

Greene has herself been accused of ties with the movement, and before being elected to Congress in 2019 used QAnon slogans on social media.

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