ATLANTA – Marjorie Taylor Greene, a businesswoman who has voiced support for far-right QAnon conspiracy theory and has been criticized for a series of racist comments, has won the Republican candidacy in Georgia’s 14th District.
Greene defeated neurosurgeon John Cowan in a primary search for the open seat Tuesday in the deep red district of northwest Georgia, despite several GOP officials denouncing his campaign after videos were submitted in which he expressed points racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim views.
President Donald Trump congratulated Greene on Wednesday morning.
“WE WON! Thank you for your support! Save America. Stop socialism,” tweeted Greene last Tuesday. A video posted on his Twitter account of his victory party showed a room full of supporters gathered nearby. , if any, wore face masks to protect themselves against the coronavirus.
In a victory speech posted on social media, Greene said he decided to get into politics because the country is heading in the wrong direction.
“So the Republican establishment was against me. The DC swamp has been against me. And the fake news media hates my guts,” he said. “Yes, it’s a badge of honor.”
She has gathered tens of thousands of followers on social media, where she often posts videos of herself talking directly to the camera. These videos have helped boost their popularity with their base, while at the same time pushing strong condemnation on the part of future fellow Congressmen.
In a series of videos unearthed just after Greene first placed in the first Republican Republic on June 9, she complains of an “Islamic invasion” in government offices, claiming that black and Hispanic men are reprimands for “gangs and drug trafficking” and pushes a theory of the anti-Semitic conspiracy according to which the billionaire philanthropist George Soros, who is Jewish, collaborated with the Nazis.
Then several high-level Republicans spoke out against her. Louisiana House Minority Ship Steve Scalise quickly launched its support behind Cowan, while Georgia Rep. Jody Hice rescinded a Greene endorsement.
Greene is also part of a growing list of candidates who have expressed support for QAnon, the theory of the American far-right conspiracy popular among some supporters of President Donald Trump. Lauren Boebert, another candidate who has expressed support for QAnon, recently harassed a five-term congresswoman at a Republican primary in Colorado.
Greene has positioned himself as a supporter of Trump and highlights a strongly pro-arms, anti-border and anti-abortion message. He has also been involved with voters through a great effort to tour the district and meet people on the ground.
Larry Silker, a 72-year-old retiree, cast a ballot in Greene last week at an early polling station in Dallas, Georgia.
“It simply came to our notice then. He’s seeing everyone he can and I think it’s nice, ”Silker said.
Asked if he had seen criticism of Greene’s statements, Silker said, “Well, yes, you know that? But put faith in it? You just have to weigh it.