QAnon-supporting Republican wins US House of Representatives seat

QAnon-supporting Republican wins US House of Representatives seat
Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene (C.B. Schmelter/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP, File)

Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene, who expressed racist views and support for QAnon conspiracy theories, has won a seat in the US House of Representatives.

Her candidacy in north-west Georgia was bolstered by US President Donald Trump, who has called her a “future Republican star”.

Ms Greene was heavily favoured in the conservative district even before Democratic challenger Kevin Van Ausdal suddenly dropped out in September, saying he was moving out of state.

Ms Greene is a businesswoman and political newcomer who has gained large followings on social media in part by posting incendiary videos and comments.

Ms Greene has claimed in online videos that black and Hispanic men are being held back by “gangs and dealing drugs”, alleged an “Islamic invasion” of government offices and accused Jewish billionaire George Soros of collaborating with Nazis.

She has also embraced QAnon, a far-right US conspiracy theory centred around the debunked belief that Mr Trump is fighting a secret campaign against “deep-state” enemies and a child sex trafficking ring of satanic paedophiles and cannibals.

In more recent videos and posts, she has attacked everything from the Black Lives Matter movement to the use of facemasks to protect against coronavirus.

After some of her comments came to light, Ms Greene was condemned by some future House colleagues within her own party, but many other Republicans including Mr Trump and Republican senator Kelly Loeffler have embraced her.

She had a blunt message for her detractors in a speech after winning a Republican primary run-off in August: “I will not apologise.”

“Congratulations to future Republican Star Marjorie Taylor Greene on a big Congressional primary win in Georgia against a very tough and smart opponent,” Mr Trump tweeted after her primary win. “Marjorie is strong on everything and never gives up – a real WINNER!”

Ms Greene initially started campaigning for a different House seat, challenging Democratic representative Lucy McBath in Georgia’s sixth Congressional District, made up of suburbs north of Atlanta. She switched to the more conservative 14th District after Republican representative Tom Graves announced that he was not seeking re-election.

Democrats were not able to replace Mr Van Ausdal on the ballot because he dropped out too close to the election, leaving Ms Greene essentially unopposed in the race.

The seat has been open since Mr Graves stepped down in October.

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