Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY
Published 10: 36 p.m. ET Aug. 11, 2020 | Updated 10: 36 p.m. ET Aug. 11, 2020
A candidate for the GOP congressional ticket in Georgia could be the first open QAnon supporter in Congress.
WASHINGTON – Marjorie Taylor Greene, a far-right GOP candidate with ties to the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory, won a Republican primary runoff election Tuesday for the open seat to represent Georgia’s 14th Congressional District.
Georgia’s 14th district is solidly Republican, meaning it is expected Greene will win the general election and go on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.The seat is currently held by Republican Rep. Tom Graves, who announced last year that he would not seek reelection in 2020.
Greene tweeted Tuesday night: “The GOP establishment, the media, & the radical left, spent months & millions of dollars attacking me. Tonight the people of Georgia stood up & said that we will not be intimidated or believe those lies.”
In her victory speech Tuesday night, Greene also criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., saying, “She’s a hypocrite. She’s anti-American. And we’re going to kick that b**** out of Congress.”
Greene beat neurosurgeon John Cowan in the primary runoff despite several GOP officials denouncing her after controversial videos and comments.
The GOP establishment, the media, & the radical left, spent months & millions of dollars attacking me.
Tonight the people of Georgia stood up & said that we will not be intimidated or believe those lies
I’m excited to be the next Congresswoman of GA 14
God bless America 🇺🇸
— Marjorie Taylor Greene For Congress🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) August 12, 2020
Greene has made headlines for her incendiary Islamophobic and antisemitic comments, as well as for claims that Black people aren’t discriminated against.
After the original June 9 GOP primary, where neither she nor Cowan got a majority of the vote, Politico uncovered controversial remarks Greene made in videos posted to her Facebook page from 2017 to 2019.
In one, she suggested the 2018 midterms, in which Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib were elected, was part of “an Islamic invasion of our government.” The congresswomen were the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress.
Greene also dismissed the idea that Black Americans face discrimination. “Guess what? Slavery is over,” she said. “Black people have equal rights.”
She has called the progressive billionaire activist George Soros, who is Jewish, a “Nazi.”
QAnon is a growing right-wing conspiracy theory that has garnered national attention, claiming that there is a “deep state” apparatus run by political elites, business leaders and Hollywood celebrities who are also pedophiles and actively working against President Donald Trump.
Asked during a primary debate if she was a follower of QAnon, she responded by saying she is “committed to my allegiance to the United States of America. I, like many Americans, am disgusted with the Deep State who have launched an effort to get rid of President Trump.”
She added, “Yes, I’m against all of those things and I will work hard against those issues.”
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committees Chairman Cheri Bustos said in a statement that “Georgia Republicans, and Republican candidates running across the country, will have to answer for her hateful views in their own campaigns.”
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