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Trump calls Georgia GOP candidate who embraces QAnon a ‘future Republican Star’


President Donald Trump on Wednesday congratulated Marjorie Taylor Greene on her congressional primary victory, endorsing a Republican candidate with a history of racist, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic remarks and who has embraced QAnon conspiracy theories.

“Congratulations to future Republican Star Marjorie Taylor Greene on a big Congressional primary win in Georgia against a very tough and smart opponent,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Marjorie is strong on everything and never gives up — a real WINNER!”

In June, POLITICO uncovered videos in which Greene disparaged Black people, Muslims and Jews, prompting House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and others in the GOP to denounce the candidate for Congress in northwest Georgia.

In clips posted to her Facebook page, Greene said Black people were “slaves to the Democratic party” who should feel “proud” to see Confederate monuments because they represent progress made since the Civil War.

The Republican candidate for Georgia’s 14th District also labeled the 2018 election of the first two Muslim congresswomen, Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), “an Islamic invasion” of the U.S. government and suggested that Democratic megadonor George Soros, who is Jewish, turned Jews over to the Nazis.

But while high-ranking GOP officials labeled Greene’s views “appalling” and “disgusting,” the Republican Party did little to stop her Tuesday night victory.

Greene defeated neurosurgeon John Cowan in the Republican primary runoff. She initially bested Cowan in the first primary but did not garner more than half of the vote. Greene is a strong favorite to prevail in November in the heavily Republican district.

Along with her racist, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic comments, Greene has voiced support for the QAnon conspiracy theory. The baseless theory, which has grown in popularity among Trump’s base, claims there is a deep state cabal of Satanist pedophiles in the American government which Trump is working to defeat with the help of an anonymous figure within the government.

Republican elected officials are increasingly promoting QAnon. In June, Oregon Republican primary voters selected a QAnon supporter as their candidate to run against Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.).

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