QAnon Goes to Congress: Conspiracy-supporting Republican Candidate Wins in Georgia

Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has peddled the antisemitic conspiracy theory, crushed Democratic rival Kevin Van Ausdal with 78 percent of the vote

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Republican U.S. House candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks at a news conference in Dallas, Georgia, U.S. October 15, 2020.
Republican U.S. House candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks at a news conference in Dallas, Georgia, U.S. October 15, 2020.Credit: ELIJAH NOUVELAGE/ REUTERS

Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican candidate from Georgia who has espoused the antisemitic QAnon conspiracy theory and employed racist rhetoric prior to and during her congressional campaign, has been elected to the House of Representatives.

Greene, a first-time candidate, easily cruised to victory in her heavily Republican district, defeating Democratic rival Kevin Van Ausdal. She had 78 percent of the vote to Van Ausdal’s 21 percent.

The Georgia Republican was one of the most controversial candidates in the 2020 race, with a history of support for the unsubstantiated QAnon conspiracy theory that employs multiple antisemitic tropes. The theory alleges that U.S. President Donald Trump is at war with a cabal of Satan-worshipping international elites, in league with the “deep state,” the Democratic Party and the media that aspires to control the U.S. government. 

Greene has also used social media to advance an antisemitic conspiracy theory that billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros, who is Jewish, collaborated with the Nazis.

Initially, national Republican figures distanced themselves from her candidacy, but it was revealed in late October that the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) had donated $5,000 to Greene’s congressional campaign.

Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, expressed disappointment at Greene's victory and reiterated his call to Senate leaders to deny leadership positions to legislators who lend support to conspiracy theories.

“We are dismayed that Marjorie Taylor Greene, who spread QAnon conspiracies and antisemitic and Islamophobic hate, is projected to win her race," Greenblatt said in a statement. "As I wrote to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, now Congress must ensure that QAnon is blocked from any congressional leadership position.”

Videos of Greene making racist remarks targeting Muslims, Black people, Jews and others first surfaced in June. At the time, NRCC spokesman Chris Pack said the group’s chairman, Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota, was “personally disgusted by this rhetoric and condemns it in the strongest possible terms.”

Greene has, however, won praise from Trump. After she won her Republican primary in mid-August in spite of her QAnon affiliation, Trump tweeted: “Congratulations to future Republican Star Marjorie Taylor Greene on a big congressional primary win in Georgia against a very tough and smart opponent. Marjorie is strong on everything and never gives up – a real WINNER!”

After her primary victory, Greene attempted to walk back her support for QAnon, claiming that the media was “misrepresenting her.” 

She told Fox News that “there was a time there for a while that I had read about Q, posted about it, talked about it, which is some of these videos you’ve seen come out. But once I started finding misinformation, I decided that I would choose another path.”

Also Tuesday, far-right Jewish activist Laura Loomer lost her bid, as expected, to unseat veteran Democratic Congresswoman Lois Frankel in Florida’s 21st Congressional District – Trump’s home district, which includes Palm Beach.

Loomer, 27, emerged over the past two years as one of the most provocative far-right online personalities of the Trump era and succeeded in outraising Frankel, taking in more than $2 million in donations.

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