The New Yorker:
In our two-party system, both parties are big tents. The Democratic Party includes budget hawks and socialists, veterans and pacifists, scientists and Christian Scientists. There’s also ideological diversity within the Republican Party: some are relatively moderate; others believe that Donald Trump, Robert Mueller, and an anonymous intelligence agent known as Q are secretly working together to bust a global crime ring involving Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Tom Hanks, and hundreds of other prominent liberals, all of whom are actually pedophiles who routinely kidnap children, smuggle them across international borders, and harvest their adrenal glands for occult rituals. This, and much more, is the canon of QAnon, a bizarre, ever-expanding conspiracy theory that might be worth ignoring were it not for the fact that it has adherents in high places. “Q is a patriot, we know that for sure,” Marjorie Taylor Greene said, on a Facebook Live stream, in 2017. “There’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles out, and I think we have the President to do it.” Last year, Greene announced that she would run for Congress, as a Republican, in Georgia’s Fourteenth District, which was created about a decade ago. In every congressional election since, a Republican has either run unopposed there or has won more than seventy per cent of the vote.
Greene co-owns a construction company; apart from posting pro-Trump blandishments on the Internet, she has no political experience. (She described the election of two Muslim women to Congress, in 2018, as “an Islamic invasion of our government.”) In one of her campaign ads, she sits cross-legged on the bed of a Jeep truck and uses a bipod-mounted assault rifle to blow up a placard labelled “Socialism.” She won the Republican nomination, in August, by double digits. “Congratulations to future Republican Star Marjorie Taylor Greene on a big Congressional primary win in Georgia,” President Trump tweeted. “Marjorie is strong on everything and never gives up—a real WINNER!” (Last week, during a town hall on NBC, the broadcaster Savannah Guthrie invited Trump to “disavow QAnon in its entirety.” He declined. She asked whether he believed conspiracy theories about “a satanic pedophile cult.” He responded, “I have no idea.”)
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