Donald Trump congratulated QAnon believer Marjorie Taylor Greene on Wednesday morning for winning her Republican primary runoff race in Georgia’s 14th congressional district – despite other senior party members previously condemning her.
‘Congratulations to future Republican Star Marjorie Taylor Greene on a big Congressional primary win in Georgia against a very tough and smart opponent,’ Trump tweeted.
‘Marjorie is strong on everything and never gives up – a real WINNER!’ he praised.
Immediately following her victory Tuesday night Greene took aim at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, calling her ‘anti-American’ and a ‘b***h’ during her victory speech, which was shared on Facebook.
‘I just wanna say to Nancy Pelosi. She’s a hypocrite. She’s anti-American. And we’re going to kick that b***h out of Congress,’ Greene said.
Her remarks were met with loud cheers from her audience.
Greene reposted a 28-second clip of that part of her remarks on Twitter, and copied that language along with some other points into the text of a post.
‘Nancy Pelosi impeached @realDonaldTrump. She put our country through hell with the Russian collusion conspiracy,’ the GOP candidate tweeted.
‘She’s a hypocrite. She’s anti American & we’re going to kick that b****h out of Congress,’ she reiterated, adding in the tweet a link to her WinRed campaign account.
When Pelosi was asked Wednesday about Greene winning and her remarks about her, the California Democrat insinuated Republicans are OK with her comments.
‘They seem to be comfortable with it,’ Pelosi said.
The GOP candidate has garnered national attention after expressing her support for the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon.
On Twitter Wednesday, she retweeted a post from a QAnon believer showing his support for her candidacy.
‘You speak my kind of language! This ole Georgia boy salutes you!’ the user, Jeff M, wrote and Greene posted to her page.
On his Twitter account, Jeff M or JMalphus as his handle reads, includes the acronym ‘WWG1WGA,’ which is shorthand for what has become the QAnon battlecry of ‘Where we go one, we go all.’
Greene has also faced widespread criticism for a series of racist comments – with Steve Scalise, the number two House Republican backing her opponent and condemning her.
She defended herself against these attacks in a tweet Wednesday.
‘The media calls me an anti semite for calling out Soros,’ she began in reference to Jewish Democratic mega-donor and billionaire Goerge Soros.
‘The media calls me racist for saying that often times gangs hold back the youth in minority communities,’ Greene continued in her tweet. ‘The media calls me islamaphobic for saying that Sharia Law is bad.’
She concluded: ‘I call fake news the enemy of the people.’
Trump’s campaign team appears to believe or play into some conspiracies pushed by QAnon.
Democratic Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois tweeted Wednesday morning about the anonymous online conspiracy figure.
‘Qanon is a fabrication. This ‘insider’ has predicted so much incorrectly (but people don’t remember PAST predictions) so now has switched to vague generalities,’ Kinzinger posted. ‘Could be Russian propaganda or a basement dweller. Regardless, no place in Congress for these conspiracies.’
Matt Wolking, the Trump campaign’s deputy director of communications, shot back at the Illinois congressman.
‘When will @RepKinzinger condemn the Steele Dossier fabrications and conspiracy theories pushed by Democrats? That actually WAS Russian propaganda,’ Wolking tweeted.
Greene also incited Pelosi to try and raise money on her fundraising page with the Republican donating processing platform WinRed.
‘Nancy Pelosi impeached our President. She put our country through hell with her ‘Russian collusion’ witch hunt. And she ripped this nation apart,’ the page read.
‘Now it’s time to kick her to the curb! DONATE TO HELP ME DRAIN THE SWAMP!’ Greene pleaded.
After Greene issued her harsh words toward Pelosi Tuesday night, she delved into an attack on progressive New York City Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
‘And we are not going to ever allow AOC’s Green New Deal to be passed to destroy our economy and our energy industry,’ Greene said.
She then blasted the Black Lives Matter movement.
‘We are not going to allow them to tear our country down, burn our cities, riot and loot. We won’t have that here in northwest Georgia. We don’t play those games here.
‘And we’re going to take that message all the way across America because it needs to stop now,’ she added.
Greene beat neurosurgeon John Cowan in the Republican primary runoff for the open seat on Tuesday in the deep-red district in northwest Georgia.
Current Congressman Tom Graves, who has represented the district since 2013, did not run for reelection.
Marjorie Greene is WINNING!
Greene emerged victorious even after several GOP officials denounced her campaign after videos surfaced in which she expressed racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim sentiments.
‘WE WON! Thank you for your support! Save America. Stop Socialism,’ Greene tweeted late Tuesday.
A video posted to her Twitter account of her victory party showed a room full of supporters gathered closely together. Few, if any, wore face masks to protect themselves against the coronavirus.
In another clip of her victory speech posted to social media, Greene said she decided to enter 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 lying fake news media hates my guts,’ she said. ‘Yep, it’s a badge of honor.’
Greene has amassed tens of thousands of followers on social media, where she often posts videos of herself speaking directly to the camera.
Those videos have helped propel her popularity with her base, while also drawing strong condemnation from some future would-be colleagues in Congress.
In a series of videos unearthed just after Greene placed first in the initial June 9 Republican primary, she complains of an ‘Islamic invasion’ into government offices, claims Black and Hispanic men are held back by ‘gangs and dealing drugs,’ and pushes 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 her. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana quickly threw his support behind Cowan, while Rep Jody Hice of Georgia rescinded an endorsement of Greene.
Greene also addressed criticism of her comments on Twitter.
‘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,’ she said, without distancing herself from her earlier remarks.
Greene is also part of a growing list of candidates who have expressed support for QAnon, the far-right US conspiracy theory popular among some supporters of President Donald Trump.
She has positioned herself as a staunch Trump supporter and emphasizes a strongly pro-gun, pro-border wall and anti-abortion message. She has 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, cast a ballot for Greene last week at an early voting location in Dallas, Georgia.
‘She seems to be a go-getter, you know. She’s out seeing everybody that she can, and I think that’s nice,’ Silker said.
Asked whether he had seen criticism of Greene’s remarks, Silker said: ‘Well yeah, you know, you see it. But do you put faith in it? You just have to weigh it out.’
Voter Pamela Reardon said she supports Greene because she connects with people, and she’s anti-abortion, a defender of the Second Amendment and ‘a true Christian’.
‘I got behind her because of her honesty,’ she said. ‘She’s not going to be bought by anybody. I could tell that her heart was pure.’
Reardon is familiar with criticism of Greene’s social media posts and videos but says ‘she’s never said anything racist like they say she has,’ and blamed attacks by her opponent’s campaign.
Georgia’s 14th district stretches from the outskirts of metro Atlanta to the largely rural northwest corner of the state – and by all previous indicators, there’s almost no chance it will swing blue in November.
Rep. Graves won his latest reelection in 2018 with 76 per cent of the vote.
Greene came in first place with 40.3 per cent of the vote in the original primary election in June, but did not earn a high enough threshold to outright earn the nomination.
She will face Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal in November.