Marjorie Taylor Greene has become the first candidate and supporter of the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory to win a US House seat. Greene, a Republican businesswoman, was declared the winner in Georgia’s 14th congressional district.
The 43-year-old founder of a CrossFit gym in a wealthy Atlanta suburb, believes in a government mole, who had begun posting on the right-wing message board 4chan in late October. Q’s posts formed the nucleus of a collective belief system that became known as QAnon. The premise was that Hollywood and the U.S. government were teeming with pedophiles and demon worshippers of Moloch, the pagan idol of child sacrifice. They believe Donald Trump was trying to bring them to justice with the help of allies such as Special Counsel Robert Mueller. To anyone who found this idea implausible, Q had posed a question: Why would a famous billionaire give up his charmed life to run for president? Was it, perhaps, because “he could not stomach the thought of mass murders occurring to satisfy Moloch?”
Greene vouches for Q. “He’s posted many things that seem to verify that he is the real deal,” she says. “It’s not just someone poking in the dark, messing with people.” She cites a suspect 2009 email, published by WikiLeaks, in which a State Department official expressed hope that a U.S.-brokered peace accord in Honduras was close to fruition. The official wrote, “With fingers crossed, the old rabbit’s foot out of the box in the attic, I will be sacrificing a chicken in the backyard to Moloch.” His email was forwarded to Hillary Clinton, then secretary of State. “If that’s not evidence that there’s Satan worship in our government,” Greene asks, “and if Hillary Clinton was not involved in it, then why would someone that is involved in worshipping Satan send Hillary that in an email? I mean, if someone told me that in an email, I would freak out.”
Greene has already raised questions about demonic behaviour in the ranks of the elite, citing Georgetown hostess Sally Quinn’s habit of “hexing” her enemies, the Clintons’ presence at a voodoo ceremony during a 1975 trip to Haiti, Anthony Weiner scandal and Jeffrey Epstein’s flight logs. “There’s so much that goes on in our American culture that keeps us distracted,” she says. “So many Americans are blind, and when they hear these stories about pedophiles and they hear these stories about satanic worship, they don’t want to believe it’s true.”
The future congresswoman has faced national scrutiny for her statements and support of QAnon. During an August primary runoff, Greene was up against John Cowan, a pro-Trump conservative opposed to abortion rights. Republican officials had initially denounced Greene after videos emerged of her making anti-Muslim, antisemitic and racist statements. The videos appeared to show her arguing that Muslims should be barred from serving in the US government, comparing Black Lives Matter to the Ku Klux Klan and promoting antisemitic falsehoods about the billionaire financier George Soros.
Still, during the primary, Greene’s campaign received support from groups connected to the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, the board chairman of the Heritage Foundation, and numerous GOP mega-donors.