Is Marjorie Taylor Greene an anomaly in the GOP?

Greene represents Georgia’s 14th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. This district is located in northwest Georgia and includes the towns of Rome (population 36,303) and Dalton (population 33,128). The district is 85% white.

Greene is or has been a supporter of numerous conspiracy theories:

  • She believed the Pizzagate conspiracy theory (which linked Hillary Clinton to a pedophilia ring in the basement of a Washington D.C.)
  • She claimed Hillary Clinton kept a “kill list” and murdered her political enemies.
  • She claimed Hillary Clinton murdered a child in a satanic ritual.
  • She listens to QAnon, going as far to say that the election of Donald Trump was “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.”
  • She believes that the 2017 Charlottesville white nationalist rally was an “inside job.”
  • She said Nancy Pelosi was guilty of treason and should be executed.
  • She believes that the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL was a “false flag.”
  • She is on video harassing Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg and referred to him as a #littleHitler.”
  • She believes that the Christchurch New Zealand mosque shootings were “false flag.”
  • She believes that the shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school was a “false flag”
  • She does not believe that a plane hit the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
  • She believes the U.S. government was behind the events of 9-11-01
  • She believes Barack Obama ordered the MS-13 street gang to murder Seth Rich
  • She believes Barack Obama is a Muslim.
  • She claimed that Ruth Bader Ginsburg used a body double during public appearances because she was really dead.
  • She claimed that a deadly fire in California was caused by “space solar generators” somehow connected to an “international cabal of Jewish bankers.”

How did Greene get elected to the House of Representatives? First, let’s state the obvious: a significant portion of the voters in northwest Georgia sent her there. But as Michael Kranish, Reis Thebault, and Stephanie McCrummen note in a recent piece at The Washington Post, she was heavily supported by Donald Trump and other key GOP leaders including Jim Jordan and other members of the House Freedom Caucus.

Greene is not an anomaly. Her election is the logical result of four years of Trumpism. What did Kevin McCarthy and the rest of the Freedom Caucus expect?

Here is a taste of The Washington Post piece:

As Marjorie Taylor Greene entered a runoff last year to be the Republican nominee for a U.S. House seat in Georgia, her opponent sounded the alarm. He warned top party officials that she had made a series of dangerous, baseless claims, and that she would tear apart the GOP if she won.

But Greene’s widely reported comments about the radical ideology of QAnon and other matters had not stopped a coterie of top Republicans from urging her to run for the seat representing a deeply conservative district in north Georgia, and then issuing fervent endorsements.

Greene was “exactly the kind of fighter needed in Washington to stand with me against the radical left,” declared Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. Debbie Meadows, who ran an influential political action committee and whose husband, Mark Meadows, became Trump’s chief of staff, gushed, “We cannot wait to welcome her to Congress.”

Read the rest here.