Businesswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has expressed support for far-right QAnon, on Tuesday, Aug. 11, won the Republican nomination for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District to replace outgoing Rep. Tom Graves (R).
According to The Associated Press, Greene beat her opponent John Cowan in a primary runoff with 60 percent of the vote on Tuesday.
“Save America. Stop Socialism. Defeat the Democrats,” Greene tweeted in celebrating her victory.
Thank you for your support!
Save America. Stop Socialism. #sass
Defeat the Democrats!
— Marjorie Taylor Greene For Congress🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) August 12, 2020
Greene has positioned herself as a staunch supporter of President Trump. She has gathered tens of thousands of followers on social media after expressing support for QAnon that is centered on the belief that the president and his allies are waging war against the “deep state.”
Greene has drawn criticism after complaining of an “Islamic invasion” into government offices during the 2018 midterms. She also said that black men and Latinos “are held slaves to the Democratic Party” and likened billionaire philanthropist George Soros to a Nazi. “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 addressed criticism of her comments on social media.
Democrats weighed in on Greene’s victory, calling it a “stain on their [GOP] party.”
“Republican extremism is on the ballot across Georgia and Marjorie Taylor Greene’s primary win tonight after embracing vile racism and conspiracy theories represents exactly what’s wrong with today’s GOP,” said Georgia Democratic Party Executive Director Scott Hogan.
“Her candidacy was designed to benefit Karen Handel, and Rich McCormick has embraced her words.
“Georgia Republicans own this crisis and their mealy-mouthed statements can’t hide the fact that Marjorie Taylor Greene’s nomination is a stain on their party,” Hogan added.
In late July, months before the November election, Twitter moved to shut down more than 7,000 accounts on its platform associated with the QAnon movement that supports President Trump. It also expects that additional actions to limit the reach of QAnon activity on social media could affect 150,000 accounts worldwide. “We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm,” Twitter’s safety team said in a tweet. “In line with this approach, this week we are taking further action on so-called ‘QAnon’ activity across the service.”
Greene is part of a growing list of candidates who expressed support for QAnon. At least 11 Republican congressional nominees have publicly backed the QAnon movement, according to Axios.