Marjorie Taylor Greene spars with GOP lawmaker over QAnon
Marjorie Taylor Greene, a House GOP candidate who has shown support for QAnon, sparred with Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.) on Twitter over the weekend regarding a recent House-passed resolution condemning the conspiracy theory.
Greene, the GOP nominee for a House race in Georgia, argued that Riggleman and and Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.), who both sponsored the QAnon resolution, have not done enough to condemn the far-left activist group antifa.
“Hey @Malinowski and @RepRiggleman, I assume you're working late tonight putting together a resolution condemning Antifa and 'rejecting' the violence they promote? Antifa is no 'conspiracy theory.' #AntifaTerrorists,” she tweeted.
Antifa is no "conspiracy theory." #AntifaTerrorists
Greene’s comments came after the fatal shooting of a man in Denver, with Greene claiming the shooter was a member of antifa. Denver police have said the shooter is not linked with the far-left movement.
Riggleman, who has publicly condemned antifa, responded to Greene by saying his “thoughts last night were w/ the family of the man killed,” adding that she shouldn’t “encourage those who are fact challenged-conspiracy theorists like those in #QAnon- or LEFT & RIGHT fringe groups.”
Don’t encourage those who are fact challenged-conspiracy theorists like those in #QAnon- or LEFT & RIGHT fringe groups
Check your facts. @DenverPolice can help you. # FactsMatter https://t.co/YRi7JFG1mR https://t.co/fyD4F9o0Qc— Congressman Denver Riggleman (@RepRiggleman) October 11, 2020
Greene went on to accuse Riggleman of “parroting” Democratic talking points.
Riggleman then responded with a meme, telling Greene that “she may go now.”
.@mtgreenee https://t.co/rBwanr5wA6 pic.twitter.com/unyOS3yDBY
— Congressman Denver Riggleman (@RepRiggleman) October 11, 2020
She shot back by drawing attention to Riggleman's primary defeat earlier this year.
“I would say hopefully we can work well together in January, but it’s likely passing useless resolutions that don’t target the real threat are why you got primaried. Your meddling in my election didn’t hurt me either. America is ready for Republicans that fight back,” she tweeted.
Greene has previously voiced her support for QAnon, the baseless conspiracy theory that alleges there's a cabal of Democrats and global elites running an international child trafficking ring and attempting to control the government. She later attempted to distance herself from “Q,” stating that she no longer associates with it after finding “misinformation."
But over the weekend she took aim at the bipartisan nonbinding resolution passed by the House, arguing that QAnon doesn’t pose a “real threat.”
The resolution, which passed in a 371-18 vote earlier this month, cited numerous examples of violence and criminal activity seen from QAnon supporters and calls for federal law enforcement and the FBI to allocate additional resources toward countering conspiracy-driven extremism.
Greene, who won the Republican primary runoff in Georgia’s 14th District in August, also came under fire earlier this year after videos emerged of her making bigoted remarks and publicly questioning whether a plane crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11. She later walked back the remarks.
The nonpartisan Cook Political Report lists the 14th Congressional District as "solid Republican," meaning Greene is largely expected to win in November.
Facebook is banning all pages, groups, and accounts associated with QAnon, the company announced on Tuesday, in the most significant action taken against the mass delusion that has seeped into the highest level of American politics. “Starting today, we will remove Facebook Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts representing QAnon,” the company said in a press release. “We’re starting to enforce this updated policy today and are removing content accordingly, but this work will take time and will continue in the coming days and weeks.”
The House passed a bipartisan resolution condemning the sprawling QAnon conspiracy theory, though 18 Republican lawmakers voted against the measure in the 371-18 vote. Another GOP lawmaker voted present. President Trump has not condemned he QAnon conspiracy, which revolves around the baseless theory that Trump and his allies are working to expose a cabal of Democrats, media figures and celebrities who are running an international child trafficking ring.
Facebook is taking steps to hide content from groups affiliated with QAnon, a conspiracy theory that revolves around President Trump fighting a deep state that includes a secret global cabal of pedophiles. The company announced in a blog post on Thursday that it will ban all advertising that expresses "praise, support or represent militarized social movements and QAnon."
Republicans are preparing to release a report in a matter of days on their investigation focused on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, a move they hope will put fresh scrutiny on the Democratic nominee just weeks from the election. The controversial probe, spearheaded by Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), is focused broadly on Obama-era policy and Hunter Biden's work for Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings.