Republicans put forward another supporter of the QAnon plot as a candidate

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Marjorie Taylor Greene, a businesswoman who expressed support for the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory and who was criticized for a series of racist comments, won the Republican nomination from Georgia’s 14th congressional district.Greene defeated neurosurgeon John Cowan in a first round for the open seat on Tuesday in the Deep Red District of Northwest Georgia, despite several GOP officials denouncing her campaign after videos were posted in which she voiced concerns. racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim views.

” WE WON! Thank you for your support! Save America. Stop socialism, ”Greene tweeted Tuesday night. A video posted to his Twitter account of his victory party showed a room full of supporters gathered closely together. Few, if any, wore masks to protect themselves against the coronavirus.

In a victory speech posted on social media, Greene said she decided to go into politics because the country was headed in the wrong direction.

“So the Republican establishment was against me. The DC swamp has been against me. And the false lying media hate my guts, ”she said. “Yeah, that’s a badge of honor. “

Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene is featured in March at a campaign event in Rome, Georgia, criticized for promoting racist videos and her outspoken support for far-right conspiracy theory QAnon, won the Republican nomination for her district and will be the favorite in November. against his Democratic opponent. (John Bailey / Rome News-Tribune via AP)

She has amassed tens of thousands of social media subscribers, where she often posts videos of herself speaking directly to the camera. These videos helped propel her popularity among her grassroots, while also drawing strong condemnation from potential future colleagues in Congress.

In a series of videos uncovered just after Greene’s first place in the first Republican primary on June 9, she complains of an “Islamic invasion” of government offices, says black and Hispanic men are being held back by ” gangs and drug trafficking ”and anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that billionaire philanthropist George Soros, who is Jewish, collaborated with the Nazis.

‘She is a true Christian’

Several high-level Republicans then spoke out against it. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana quickly lent his support to Cowan, while Rep. Jody Hice of Georgia rescinded an endorsement from Greene.

Greene is also part of a growing list of candidates who have expressed support for QAnon, the far-right American conspiracy theory popular among some supporters of President Donald Trump. Lauren Boebert, another candidate who has expressed support for QAnon, recently upset a five-term congressman in a Republican primary in Colorado.

QAnon is a fringe belief propagated online that, by and large, claims that “deep state” traitors are plotting against Trump. There are more savage claims than some believe involving an international network of powerful child traffickers and the belief that John F. Kennedy Jr. is alive.

Greene has positioned herself as a strong supporter of Trump and emphasizes a strongly pro-gun, pro-border and anti-abortion message. She also connected with voters through an intensive effort to travel the district and meet people on the ground.

Larry Silker, a 72-year-old retiree, voted for Greene last week at an early polling place in Dallas, Georgia.

“She seems like a go-getter, you know. She’s out there seeing everyone she can, and I think that’s good, ”Silker said.

When asked if he had seen any criticism of Greene’s remarks, Silker replied, “Well, yeah, you know, you see it. But do you put your faith in it? You just need to weigh it. ”

Voter Pamela Reardon said she supports Greene because she connects with people and is anti-abortion, a Second Amendment advocate and “a true Christian.”

“I supported her with her honesty,” she says. “It will not be bought by anyone. I could tell his heart was pure. ”

Greene will face Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal in November. Van Ausdal admitted he was facing an uphill battle in the heavily conservative neighborhood in an interview on Tuesday night and called on people across the country to rally to his campaign.

Omar obtains the right to defend his seat in November

Meanwhile, in Minnesota, Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota survived a Democratic primary challenge on Tuesday from a well-funded opponent who attempted to make an issue of her national stardom, the latest in a series of victories by a new generation of emboldened progressive lawmakers.

Omar, seeking his second term in November, easily beat Antone Melton-Meaux, a lawyer and mediator who raised millions of anti-Omar money.

Representative Ilhan Omar laughed as he greeted supporters Tuesday in Minneapolis. Omar has become one of the best-known freshmen of Congress in recent times and will seek a second term in November. (Nicole Neri / Reuters)

“Tonight our movement didn’t just win,” Omar tweeted. “We won a mandate for change. Despite outside efforts to beat us, we once again broke participation records. Despite the attacks, our support has only grown. ”

Omar in 2018 became one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, building on a national profile that began when the Somali refugee was elected to the Minnesota legislature two years earlier. Her aggressive advocacy on liberal issues and her eagerness to confront Donald Trump have made her a prime target of right-wing criticism.

After entering Congress with a bang, Omar injured herself early on with comments about Israel and money that even some fellow Democrats called anti-Semitic, and found herself apologizing. She also came under close scrutiny when her marriage fell apart, and she married her political consultant months after she denied having an affair.

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Consultant Wendy Helgeson, 57, supported Omar two years ago, even putting up a lawn sign in her yard, and said she was “terribly proud to be the first black Muslim woman we elected” .

“I admire her as a woman,” Helgeson said of Omar. “As a candidate, ehhh… I have some reservations.

John Hildebrand, a 47-year-old teacher in Minneapolis who voted for Omar, said his national profile was an advantage.

“I think his very presence encourages other Muslims and Somalis to stand for election and seek representation,” he said. “I think she is engaging people more and more in the political system. “

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