There are now officially politicians who, after winning their respective seats, have come out in favor of the QAnon conspiracy theory on their way to Congress, even though a large majority of the other candidates missed the race.
Marjorie Taylor Greene is one of the most high-profile candidates known to support the radical conspiracy and has expressed a number of racist, anti-Semitic and Islamophobic views.
Her victory in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District was long predicted after her democratic opponent withdrew in September and she won the race without an opposing candidate.
“Now there is a unique opportunity to take out this global cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles, and I think we have the president who can do it,” she said in an August 2017 Facebook video.
During the campaign, she was asked to support the QAnon – the conspiracy theory that says Donald Trump is waging a secret war against the “deep state” and high profile Satan-worshipping pedophiles – and her racist statements.
Greene later distanced herself from the radial theory, which allegedly has links to anti-Semitism, and told Fox News that she had decided to “take a different path” after seeing “misinformation” in her research on QAnon.
Although there were dozens of other candidates who adopted the QAnon, only a few were able to win the election.
One of them was the Republican incumbent Eric Berthel, who managed to win the 32nd Senate District of Connecticut despite being followed by controversy over a bumper sticker with the hashtag #WWG1WGA” – an abbreviation of the QAnon slogan “Where we go one, we go all” – on his car.
He defended the sticker in September and said that he did not support the “wild theories” around the QAnon, such as the idea of secret satanic paedophile rings, but agreed with some of its principles, such as “stop corruption in politics, hold the government accountable and protect individual freedoms”.
His democratic opponent, Jeff Desmarais, said Berthel’s association with the “extreme right-wing, exaggerated conspiracy theory” meant he was unfit for office.
“This is something where you take gutter politics, gutter talk, poisonous stuff and advertise it as an elected official with your elected official’s license plate number,” he said. “To me, that’s disqualification for public service.”
Before his victory, Berthel said he hoped voters would “look beyond negativity” on election day, referring to his QAnon membership, a Republican American reported.
Elsewhere, incumbent Republican Susan Lynn is well on the way to defeating her independent opponent Tom Sottek in Tennessee House District 57 with difficulty.
It was discovered that Lynn had a flag with a Q of stars and the slogan “WWG1WGA” below it as the cover of her Facebook page. She also sent several tweets with the WWG1WGA hashtag and shared a tweet containing the hashtag #TheGreatAwakening”, a phrase often invoked by QAnon followers,
In a September interview with the Associated Press, Lynn said she did not support QAnon conspiracy theories.
“This is the United States of America, and I am absolutely free to tweet or retweet whatever I want,” she said, “I don’t understand why this is even an issue. Believe me, I’m not part of any QAnon movement.”
Lauren Boebert, an extreme right-wing Republican who has been positive about the QAnon conspiracy theory, will also win the 3rd Congressional District of Colorado after her rival Diane Mitsch Bush gave in.
Boebert, who has continued to keep her restaurant open in the state of Colorado despite the coronavirus ban guidelines, already said this in June in the Steel Truth podcast: “Everything I have heard from Q, I hope is true.
The broadcast is presented by the outspoken QAnon believer Ann Vandersteel.
Since then, however, Boebert has often tried to distance herself from QAnon, which she previously expressed to Washington Newsday: “I have been told on several occasions that I am not a supporter of the group with which you and others so desperately want to connect me.
A campaign spokesman for Boebert added: “Lauren has repeatedly stated on record that she does not follow QAnon”.