A Republican who promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory and said “ George Soros ” was “trying to take me down” has won a seat in Congress.
Marjorie Taylor Greene won a seat in rural Georgia’s 14th District in the House of Representatives after her Democrat opponent dropped out, CNN and the New York Times reported.
She was plunged into controversy in 2017 over a video, since deleted, in which she said: “Q is a patriot, we know that for sure.”
She added: “There’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles out, and I think we have the President to do it.”
QAnon is a baseless conspiracy theory that President Trump is secretly fighting a cabal of child-sex predators that includes prominent Democrats, Hollywood elites and “deep state” allies.
The FBI has reportedly warned conspiracy theory driven extremists pose a domestic terror threat, and specifically mentioned QAnon.
Ms Greene later insisted her views on QAnon were not part of her campaign, telling Fox News: “I was just one of those people, just like millions of other Americans, that just started looking at other information.
“And so, yeah, there was a time there for a while that I had read about Q, posted about it, talked about it, which is some of these videos you’ve seen come out.
“But once I started finding misinformation, I decided that I would choose another path.”
However, she has been accused of making or promoting a string of bigoted or prejudiced views.
She said in a Twitter video in August: “George Soros and the Democrats are trying to take me down”. The financier is at the centre of many anti-Semitic theories about supposed Jewish power.
According to the Jerusalem Post, she also shared a Facebook video in which a voiceover said: “[A]n unholy alliance of leftists, capitalists and Zionist supremacists has schemed to promote immigration and miscegenation, with the deliberate aim of breeding us out of existence in our own homelands.”
Politico obtained videos in which she was reported to say: “There is an Islamic invasion into our government offices right now.”
Her name was also on a 2017 blog post that suggested white supremacist violence in Charlottesville may be an “inside job” set up “to further the agenda of the elites.”
She told Fox: “What I’m interested in is saving Americans from socialism. That means putting American policies first, and that means stopping the radical left, and their Democrat socialist policies that they want to pass that would wreck our economy, kill our jobs and take away our freedoms. Those are the things I’m working on.”
QAnon started as a series of hoax posts on 4Chan – a disreputable and chaotic message board.
Its followers espouse an intertwined series of beliefs, based on anonymous web postings from “Q,” who claims to have insider knowledge of the Trump administration.
A core tenet of the conspiracy theory is that President Trump is secretly fighting a cabal of child-sex predators that includes prominent Democrats, Hollywood elites and “deep state” allies.
QAnon, which borrows some elements from the bogus “pizzagate” theory about a pedophile ring run out of a Washington restaurant, has become a “big tent” conspiracy theory encompassing misinformation about topics ranging from alien landings to vaccine safety.
Followers of QAnon say a so-called Great Awakening is coming to bring salvation.