A candidate for the GOP parliamentary election ticket in Georgia could be the first openly QAnon supporter in Congress.
WASHINGTON – QAnon, the far-right movement unfoundedly declare a “state-level” pedophile group trying to bring down President Donald Trump, is about to gain foothold in national politics.
Tuesday’s Election Day ballot in some states will feature candidates for federal office – mostly Republicans – who have been identified as followers of the conspiracy or related to it. in a way.
Most of the more than two dozen candidates for the House and Senate are not expected to win or come close.
But four US Senate candidates are on the list, including three who will be voted in Delaware, Georgia, and Oregon. And more than a dozen members of the House of Representatives have done so to date, including one – Marjorie Taylor Greene of the Republican Party – who is believed to be able to easily take over his northwest Georgia district.
Denver Riggleman, a Virginia Republican MP, former Air Force officer and National Security Agency contractor who writes about extreme belief systems in his new book, is almost certain that at least one of these QAnon candidates may appear on Capitol Hill. Bigfoot … It’s complicated. “
“When does it go (from) harmless pleasure to weaponized madness?” he told USA TODAY. “Misinformation or misinformation can become the basis of someone’s belief system. If that happens, we are in real danger as a republic.”
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Here are five candidates to watch Tuesday:
Marjorie Taylor Greene (Georgia)
Greene, 46, was favored capturing Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, succeeding Republican Rep. Tom Graves, who announced last year that he would not run again.
When asked during a first debate whether she is a QAnon follower, she replied that she was “committed to being loyal to the United States of America. I, like many other Americans, disgusted with the Deep State, who made an effort to eliminate President Trump. “
She added, “Yes, I’m against all of that and I’ll work hard to combat those problems.”
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Riggleman and others concerned about QAnon’s influence, Republican leaders backed Greene and donated to her campaign.
Trump, who declined to condemn the group, praised the businesswoman after she won the primary election in August.
“Congratulations to Future Republican Star Marjorie Taylor Greene for a major preliminary victory in the Georgia Congress against a very tough and clever opponent,” Trump wrote in a tweet. “Marjorie is strong about everything and never gives up – a real WIN!”
Jo Rae Perkins (Oregon)
Republican challenger Jo Rae Perkins is a Republican candidate in the race to topple Oregon Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley, who is looking for a third term.
Perkins, 64, of Albany, has a background in financial services. She said she was running for “to protect law and order” and for the US Constitution.
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She received national media attention when she won the Republican primary election in May, beating three other candidates for that party’s nomination.
On the opening night, she posted a video in which she held up a sticker with the tagline QAnon, “We go one place, we go all.” In the video where her campaign was later taken down, she also thanked the support of “anonymous people,” according to the Oregon Public Broadcasting.
On her Twitter account, she has repeatedly posted the hashtag linked to QAnon “WWG1WGA”, short for “Where we go one, we go all.”
Perkins told The Associated Press that she is not a movement follower but she uses the QAnon bulletin board as a “source of information” for posting articles from various media, tweets and documents. Government has not been classified.
Merkley is a favorite heavyweight candidate to win re-election in a state with strong democratic tendencies.
Lauren Boebert (Colorado)
Restaurant Lauren Boebert, 33, annoyed five-term incumbent Scott Tipton during the June 30 GOP primary election and was the most popular favorite to win a Colorado House of Representatives seat before Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush of the Democratic Party.
She expressed her support for QAnon in an online interview in May saying she was “very familiar” with Q but said that it was “my mother’s thing more … she is a bit distant. “
When asked what she thought of the movement, Boebert said excitedly about it.
“Everything I have heard about Q, I hope this is true because it just means America is getting stronger and people are returning to conservative values and That’s what I’m going for, “she told host Ann Vandersteel. “And so all I hear about this movement is just motivating, encouraging and bringing people together, getting stronger. And if this happens, it could be really great for. our country. “
Boebert, who wasn’t running for political office, tried to rediscover any connections with Q, telling the New York Times in September, “I’m not a team member.”
Lauren Witzke (Delaware)
Republican Lauren Witzke won the September 15 primary election in Delaware and is running with Democratic Sen. Chris Coons in a race where incumbents are banned.
Witzke, who calls himself “America First” while opposing “globalism, the open border agenda”, tweeted the QAnon slogan in March.
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She has been trying to stay away from any relationship with the movement, telling The Associated Press in January that she stopped promoting QAnon a few months earlier even though it was two months before her March tweet. that. She dismisses the movement as “orthodox psyops to get people to ‘believe in the plan’ and not do anything,” referring to a brand phrase that movement followers have used.
“I definitely think it’s more exaggeration than it is,” she told AP.
Derrick Grayson (Georgia)
Republican Derrick Grayson is running in a special election for the US Senate seat that Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler currently holds.
Because it’s an open preliminary, his name will appear alongside other qualified candidates from both sides. If no one wins at least 50.1%, there will be a showdown between the two for the top finishers in January. Grayson is not expected to make it through.
Grayson as a minister said that he was “active in the Freedom Movement.” He describes himself as “an unjustified Constitutionalist who was ready and done, defying professional politicians who turned a blind eye to the reality of what the great nation was. This is becoming. “
In July, he tweeted the QAnon slogan along with a video about the Federal Reserve, a frequent target of the globalist conspiracies of the fringe movement.
Contributions: Savanah Behrmann of USA TODAY, Statesman Journal and Associated Press
QAnon has been classified by the FBI as a domestic terrorist threat, according to an internal memorandum first published by Yahoo! News.
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