Republican businesswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, a supporter of the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon and who has been criticized for a series of racist comments, has won the Republican nomination for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District.
Greene beat neurosurgeon John Cowan in a primary runoff to replace outgoing Republican Rep. Tom Graves Tuesday in the deep-red district in northwest Georgia. Green won despite several GOP officials denouncing her campaign after videos surfaced in which she expresses racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-Muslim views, the Associated Press reported.
Marjorie Taylor Greene, a GOP candidate with a track record of incendiary rhetoric and ties to the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory, has won in a Georgia primary runoff for a US House seat, CNN projects https://t.co/fDOR6kOpet— CNN (@CNN) August 12, 2020
Geene's runoff win all but guarantees her a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, given the deep conservative leaning of the district. Democratic challenger Kevin Van Ausdal acknowledged the uphill battle he faces heading in to November, but appealed to supporters to help elevate his campaign against the QAnon supporter.
"We need donors to help get out the message and show people that there is an alternative, and a great alternative, to QAnon conspiracies and divisive rhetoric," he told the Associated Press Tuesday.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) chairwoman Cheri Bustos issued a statement following Greene's win, calling out House Republican leadership for not taking a stand:
Marjorie Tyalor Greene is a next-generation Steve King who is now the Republican nominee for Congress because Minority Leader McCarthy refused to meaningfully oppose her racist candidacy. Enabled and embraced by Georgia Republicans like Karen Handel and Rich McCormick, her views have no place on the ballot or in Congress. Georgia Republicans, and Republican candidates running across the country, will have to answer for her hateful views in their own campaigns.
The conspiracy theory Greene supports, according to WBUR, is a "far-right conspiracy theory and loosely organized network centered around the belief that the U.S. is controlled by a cabal of child sex trafficking, Democratic elites hell-bent on bringing down President Trump."
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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 FBI field office released a memo in May 2019 that listed QAnon as a potential domestic terrorism threat."
The Jewish progressive advocacy group Bend the Arc condemned Greene's victory as well as other Republicans celebrating the win despite her history of racist comments and fringe views:
A QANON SUPPORTER IS HEADING TO CONGRESS.— Bend the Arc: Jewish Action (@jewishaction) August 12, 2020
Marjorie Taylor Greene just won her Republican primary runoff. She will almost certainly win in November.
That means there are now 20+ congressional candidates connected to QAnon who are on the November ballot.
Here's the list: pic.twitter.com/CAaHeqS6oD
Here’s Kelly Loeffler congratulating Marjorie Taylor Greene, an open QAnon supporter who has pushed racist & antisemitic conspiracy theories.@KLoeffler, looks like you don’t really care about antisemitism. We know which side you’re on — the side of bigotry and division. https://t.co/e4dbvWO7Bc— Bend the Arc: Jewish Action (@jewishaction) August 12, 2020
Ohio Representative Jim Jordan, a Republican, donated $2,000 to Greene's campaign in April, according to the New York Times, and a political action committee associated with Jordan also contributed to her run.
Trump has embraced the QAnon conspiracy theory, and has tweeted his support for candidates, including Greene, and many close to the president, including Eric Trump and former national security advisor Michael Flynn have also expressed support.
Media Matters has compiled a record of current or former congressional candidates who have embraced QAnon. That report is available here.