Marjorie Taylor Greene, a businesswoman who has voiced racist views and support for right-wing extremist conspiracy theory QAnon, won the Republican nomination for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District.
Greene beat neurosurgeon John Cowan in a first stab for the vacancy in the deep red district of northwest Georgia on Tuesday, despite several Republican officials denouncing her campaign after videos surfaced expressing racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim views .
In a series of videos discovered shortly after Greene was first placed in first Republican elementary school on June 9, she complains of an “Islamic invasion” of government offices, alleging that black and Hispanic men are being killed by “gangs and drug trafficking “held back and pushed for an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that billionaire philanthropist George Soros, who is Jewish, collaborated with the Nazis.
Several high profile Republicans then spoke out against them. The minority whip, Louisiana’s Steve Scalise, quickly threw his support behind Cowan while Georgia rep Jody Hice overturned an endorsement from Greene.
Greene criticized her comments on Twitter. “Fake News Media, DC Swamp and their radical left allies see me as a very serious threat. I will not let them force me into submission, ”she said, without distancing herself from her earlier remarks.
Greene is also part of a growing list of candidates who have spoken out in favor of QAnon, the far-right US conspiracy theory popular with some Donald Trump supporters. She is considered one of the QAnon supporters with the best chance of winning in November.
She has positioned herself as a staunch Trump supporter and emphasizes a strong pro-gun, pro-border wall and anti-abortion message. She has also bonded with voters through intense efforts to tour the district and meet local people.
Larry Silker, a 72-year-old retiree, cast a vote for Greene at an early voting location in Dallas, Georgia last week.
“She seems to be a maker, you know? She is on her way to see all she can, and I think that’s nice, ”said Silker.
When asked whether he had seen criticism of Greene’s statements, Silker said: “Well, you know, you can see it. But do you trust it? You just have to weigh it up. “
The district stretches from the outskirts of Atlanta to the largely rural northwest corner of the state. Greene will face Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal in November. Republican representative Tom Graves, who did not propose re-election, last won the seat in 2018 with over 76% of the vote.
The Associated Press contributed to this report