“THANK YOU to the people of NW Georgia for choosing me to fight for them in Washington, DC!” the Republican tweeted after her win. Greene’s path to victory was an easy one, as her Democratic opponent dropped out of the race due to personal reasons earlier this fall.
Throughout her campaign, Greene was a lightning rod for controversy, even from those within her own party, due to her support for QAnon.
According to the Daily Beast, in 2018, Greene posted frequently about the right-wing conspiracies, which push the idea that there is a cabal of politicians and celebrities that abuse children and drink their blood to stay young. (There is no truth to this.) According to QAnon, President Donald Trump is the only man who can stop them and will soon conduct mass arrests of those involved. All of this has been thoroughly debunked, but that hasn’t stopped people from not only believing the wild internet accusations but in some cases, turning to violence due to their belief in Q. Things have become so bad that the FBI has now rated QAnon as a potential domestic terror threat.
Greene, CNN reported, supported the conspiracy that claimed George Soros, a Holocaust survivor, collaborated with Nazis. CNN also noted that Greene previously called “Q,” the conspiracy theory’s shadowy figure that allegedly works deep within the government, a “patriot” who is “worth listening to.” Greene also called the 2017 Charlottesville white supremacist attacks an “inside job” to “further the agenda of the elites.” She has also made derogatory remarks about other minorities, including Muslims and Jews.
However, in recent months Greene has attempted to distance herself from QAnon, telling Fox News that the conspiracy group “wasn’t part of my campaign” and noting that once she “started finding misinformation,” she “chose another path.”
But even after distancing herself from QAnon, Greene continued to spew conspiracy theories on social media. In September, Greene tweeted that masks, which scientists and medical experts say help slow the spread of coronavirus, are “unhealthy for their psychological, emotional, and educational growth” and “forcing boys to wear masks is emasculating.” She later deleted the tweet. She also posted an image of herself on Facebook holding a gun alongside images of Democratic representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib, telling “strong conservative Christians to go on the offense against these socialists who want to rip our country apart.” Facebook removed the post for violating its policies.
Perhaps most shocking of all is the fact that while Greene may be the most vocal QAnon supporter in politics, she is far from alone in her support of the movement. As the New York Times reported, Greene was among at least a dozen Republican congressional candidates who had expressed support for QAnon to varying degrees. However, she is (so far) the only supporter to actually win.
Originally Appeared on Glamour