Two Republican congressional candidates in Georgia with ties to the right-wing conspiracy theory QAnon have made allegations of election fraud in the 2020 presidential campaign, when election officials in Georgia and the United States continued to count ballots.
One of the candidates, Marjorie Taylor Greene, is expected to have won District 14 with more than 150,000 votes according to the Associated Press election results. The other candidate, Angela Stanton-King, lost the race for District 5 with more than 245,000 votes according to the AP.
Both candidates have expressed strong support for President Donald Trump in the past. When the election results indicated that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was on the road to victory, Greene and Stanton-King reinforced the allegations that Trump had made in their own posts on Twitter about election fraud.
“We will not back down. We will never forget it,” Greene tweeted on Friday. “RT if you have @realDonaldTrump’s back! STOP THE THEFT!” Greene has posted the sentence “Stop the Theft” several times in the last few days, as well as a link to a “Stop the Theft” petition. According to videos she posted on her Twitter account, Greene also appeared at a “Stop the Theft” rally in front of the Georgia State Capitol on Saturday.
Trump began claiming earlier this year without evidence that the Democrats were trying to “steal” the election. As results continued to come in on election day with no clear winner, Trump again raised the issue of an allegedly stolen election by tweeting: “We’re big on the upswing, but they’re trying to steal the election. We will never let them do that. No more votes can be cast after polling stations close! Twitter described the tweet as potentially misleading and referred users to information on election security.
Trump’s campaign workers and family members also raised the alarm about election fraud in the days following the election without evidence, as did many supporters of the president. Although the AP and major broadcasters declared the race for Biden on Saturday, Trump issued a statement announcing he would not back down, saying his campaign would instead pursue lawsuits to investigate incidents of alleged election fraud.
“We are currently witnessing the largest election for electoral fraud we have ever seen,” Stanton-King twittered on Friday. Stanton-King, who was pardoned earlier this year by Trump for her conviction on federal charges in 2004, has expressed support for the president throughout her congressional campaign in District 5, a seat most recently held by civil rights leader John Lewis before his death in July. Stanton-King also rescued a video from Trump’s campaign of the President, saying he had won several states “despite historic electoral influence from big media, big money and big technology.
After Trump posted “I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT” on Saturday, Stanton-King re-tweeted his post and wrote “Yep”. Stanton-King later shared a message from Trump’s campaign claiming that Biden “rushed to falsely claim to be the winner” and said, “All the facts! We know they are cheating! I will ride @realDonaldTrump until the wheels come off!”
Several of Stanton King’s posts in social media in recent months have been linked to QAnon conspiracy theories, although last month she told Washington Newsday that she was “not a Q candidate.
In a statement she shared with Washington Newsday on Saturday, Stanton-King repeated that she believes there has been election fraud in the 2020 election.
“I believe that there has been election fraud,” Stanton-King said. “The president has said this from the beginning. I am confident that the Supreme Court will have the final say”.
Greene has also made statements that are consistent with the QAnon, although she tried to put some distance between herself and the movement during her candidacy for Congress. Greene is the first candidate with ties to the QAnon to win a seat in Congress.
Washington Newsday contacted Greene with a request for further comments, but did not receive a response in time for publication.
Updated 11.11.07 at 21:46 ET: This article has been updated and now contains a response from Angela Stanton-King….