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Congress Is Now All But Certain To Get Its First Open QAnon Lawmaker

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Marjorie Taylor Greene knocked off her challenger in the Republican primary runoff election for Georgia’s deeply red 14th Congressional District on Tuesday, ensuring Congress is all but certain to get its first lawmaker who openly supports the QAnon conspiracy theory.

KEY FACTS

Followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory, which originated on 4chan in 2017, believe that President Trump is working to take down a “deep state” network of liberal politicians, government officials and Hollywood celebrities that are running an international sex-trafficking ring (an FBI memo released last year warned that QAnon’s followers could be possible “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists”).

Greene, who finished first in the primary in June but did not have enough votes to win the nomination outright, knocked off opponent John Cowan, a neurosurgeon, in the runoff, the Associated Press reported

The district is deeply conservative, making Greene a heavy favorite to win a seat in Congress in November. 

Greene once declared the QAnon conspiracy theory was “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles out.”

She has posted the QAnon slogan multiple times online, as the left-leaning political watchdog group Media Matters first reported, and once appeared in a video in which she called “Q” (an anonymous poster on 4chan claiming to be a high-level government official who started the craze) a “patriot” who is “worth listening to.”

Some Republicans withdrew support for the Georgia Republican after Politico uncovered “hours of Facebook videos” in which Greene expressed “racist, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic views.”

Crucial quote

“The GOP establishment, the media, & the radical left, spent months & millions of dollars attacking me,” Greene wrote on Twitter after the race was called. “Tonight the people of Georgia stood up & said that we will not be intimidated or believe those lies.”

Tangent

Greene is one of 14 candidates verified on Twitter who has promoted QAnon with few restrictions, Forbes reported. In a statement to Forbes earlier this month, Twitter said it is “evaluating the expansion of this policy to include candidates and elected officials.”

Big number

56,000. Greene’s follower count on Twitter. Buoyed by her verified status, Greene racked up a huge following online, dwarfing that of her political opponents. Cowan’s Twitter account, for instance, currently has only 388 followers.

What to watch for

Greene will square off against Democratic opponent Kevin Van Ausdal, an IT specialist, in November.  

Key background

Greene has never held elected office and owns a construction company in Georgia, along with her husband.

Further reading

Republicans called her videos ‘appalling’ and ‘disgusting.’ But they’re doing little to stop her. (Politico)

Twitter Cracked Down On QAnon—But Candidates Touting The Conspiracy Still Thrive There (Forbes)

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