QAnon believer Marjorie Taylor Greene claimed victory for the primary runoff for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, putting all Republican politicians in a difficult spot.
What We Know:
- Marjorie Taylor Greene beat GOP opponent John Cowan in the primary runoff for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, which is seated in the northwest corner of the state. The face-off resulted in Greene winning 40% of the vote and Cowan receiving only 21%.
- One major key that factored into the runoff receiving national attention was Greene’s support for the unfounded and wild conspiracy theory known as QAnon. QAnon is a far-right conspiracy theory that an alleged “deep state” is plotting against President Donald Trump and his followers. It also circles Trump running a secret operation to bring down satan-worshipping pedophiles who are celebrities and politicians.
- Greene has promoted QAnon theories and phrases. For example, on May 8, 2018, Greene posted on Twitter, “truth trust the plan WWG1WGA,” which is a motto for QAnon that means “where we go, one we go all”. She’s also described the conspiracy theory as “something worth listening to and paying attention to”.
- Greene has faced a lot of backlash because of her past Islamophobic and anti-Semitic comments. She has said that there is “an Islamic invasion into our government offices” and called George Soros, the Jewish progressive billionaire activist, a “Nazi”.
- And now that Greene is in the position to win a congressional seat in the fall, Republican politicians are now in a difficult position wondering how to respond to allowing a QAnon supporter who has made Islamophobic and anti-Semitic comments into office.
- Wednesday morning, Trump congratulated Greene on her win, tweeting that she’s “strong on everything and never gives up – a real WINNER!”
Republican Rep. Tom Graves is currently in the seat for Georgia’s 14th congressional district and has been in it since 2010 but he announced last year that his reelection will not happen in 2020.