ATLANTA – Marjorie Taylor Greene, a businesswoman who has expressed her support for QAnon far-right conspiracy theory and has been criticized for a series of racist comments, won the Republican nomination for the Region 14th Congress of Georgia.
Greene defeated neurosurgeon John Cowan in a preliminary run for the open chair on Tuesday in the dark red district of northwest Georgia, despite some GOP officials condemning her campaign after. when it appeared videos in which she expressed racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim views.
President Donald Trump congratulated Greene on Wednesday morning.
“WE MULTIPLAYER! Thank you for your support! Save America. Stop socialism,” Greene tweeted late Tuesday. A video was posted to her Twitter account about the war party. Her win shows a room full of supporters gathered close together. A few, if any, wear masks to protect against coronavirus.
In a winning speech posted on social media, Greene said she decided to join politics because the country was going in the wrong direction.
“So the establishment of the Republican Party was against me. The DC swamp was against me. And the false media hates my gut, ”she said. “Yes, it’s a badge of honor.”
She already has tens of thousands of followers on social media, where she often posts videos of herself talking live in front of the camera. Those videos helped boost her popularity with her institution, while also drawing strong condemnation from some prospective colleagues in Congress.
In a series of videos unearthed shortly after Greene took the top spot in the first Republican primary election on June 9, she complained of an “invasion of Islam” into the main offices. government, claims black and Hispanic men were restrained by “gangs and drug trafficking” and pushes an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that billionaire philanthropist George Soros, is of Jewish descent , has cooperated with Nazi Germany.
Several high-ranking Republicans later spoke out against her. House minorities Steve Scalise of Louisiana quickly backed Cowan, while Georgia Rep. Jody Hice rejected Greene’s endorsement.
Greene is also part of a growing list of candidates expressing support for QAnon, the far-right American conspiracy theories popular among President Donald Trump’s supporters. Lauren Boebert, another candidate who has expressed his support for QAnon, recently annoyed a five-term congressman in the Republican primary election in Colorado.
Greene has positioned himself as a staunch Trump supporter and underlined his message of strong support for guns, border walls, and anti-abortion. She has also connected with voters through her intensive effort to travel in the district and meet people in the field.
Larry Silker, a 72-year-old retiree, voted for Greene last week at an early voting location in Dallas, Georgia.
“She seems to be an agile person, you know. She goes out to meet everyone she can, and I think that’s great, ”said Silker.
When asked if he saw criticism of Greene’s remarks, Silker said: “Yes, you know, you see. But do you believe in it? You just need to consider it ”.