Marjorie Taylor Greene, Trump’s Favorite QAnon Candidate, Wins Georgia Primary
She is expected to win the general election in November
Marjorie Taylor Greene, right, won a primary that all but ensures her a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
AP Photo/Mike Stewart
Who is Marjorie Taylor Greene?
The owner of a commercial construction company and a former CrossFit gym proprietor, Greene graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in business administration, according to her website. She is also active in the Family America Project, a “Pro-Trump, Pro-America group” that regularly posts conspiracy theorist content on Facebook.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2020
Greene first gained national attention after Politico unearthed hours of Facebook video footage in which she ranted about black people, Muslims, and Jews, referring to billionaire George Soros as a “Nazi” and complaining about an “Islamic invasion” of government. She also compared Black Lives Matter activists to the neo-Nazis who marched at Charlottesville, calling them “idiots,” and said white men were the most “mistreated” group in America today.
The Politico report prompted many high-profile Republicans to distance themselves from her and instead throw their support behind her opponent John Cowan, a neurosurgeon who is also pro-Trump. Greene did not apologize for her comments, instead tweeting, “The Fake News Media, the DC Swamp, and their radical leftist allies see me as a very serious threat. I will not let them whip me into submission.”
Greene also became well-known for her remarks in support of QAnon. In 2017, early on in the evolution of the movement, Greene said in a video that Q, the anonymous poster claiming to have insider knowledge of a deep-state conspiracy, was a “patriot.” “I think it’s something worth listening to and paying attention to, and the reason why is because many of the things he has given clues about and talked about on 4chan and other forums have really proven to be true,” she says in the video.
Why does it matter that Greene is likely to win the congressional seat?
Greene’s victory — and Trump’s subsequent endorsement of her — represents how rapidly the QAnon conspiracy theory has gained traction in recent months. According to one estimate by Alex Kaplan of Media Matters, a liberal media watchdog group, there are at least 32 congressional or state legislative candidates this year who have expressed some support for QAnon, such as Lauren Boebert, the Republican nominee for Colorado’s 3rd congressional district, who describes herself on her website as “PRO-FREEDOM, PRO-GUNS, PRO-CONSTITUTION, PRO-ENERGY, PRO-LIFE, PRO-COLORADO, PRO-AMERICA.”
Despite growing awareness of the dangers posed by conspiracy theorists and social media platforms’ efforts to minimize their influence, the victory of candidates like Greene suggests that such efforts may be limited. Conspiracy theories like QAnon are “like a hydra,” Elon University Assistant Professor of Strategic Communications Kathleen Stansberry previously told Rolling Stone. “You cut off one head, more heads grow. And you can make it stronger.”
dated Aug 12, 2020
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