The NRCC is Financially Backing QAnon Candidate Marjorie Greene
The NRCC has, at times, been willing to take a stand against controversial politicians. Back during the 2018 midterms, the party arm took a stand against Iowa congressman Steve King and his bigoted comments. It didn’t work then, King still won his reelection bid in his ruby red district.
During the 2020 election cycle, Republicans have had to deal with the rising prominence of QAnon candidates. Some who support the movement, like Georgia’s Marjorie Greene, seem likely to win House seats. And while the party initially came out against Greene, the NRCC is now donating to her campaign.
Greene is essentially running unopposed in Georgia’s 14th district. Her Democratic opponent dropped out in September. Still, the NRCC gave the candidate a $5,000 donation in September.
When Greene won her primary, some Republicans were willing to speak out against her and her history of racist comments. Drew Florio, a spokesperson for Kevin McCarthy, said at the time, “These comments are appalling, and Leader McCarthy has no tolerance for them.”
In August, NRCC chairman Tom Emmer would not commit to financially supporting Greene. He told reporters, “The conversations that we’ve had basically are congratulations and let us know how we can be of assistance.”
Of course, Greene does have support within the party. Most notably, from Donald Trump. Following her win, the president tweeted, “Congratulations to future Republican Star Marjorie Taylor Greene on a big Congressional primary win in Georgia against a very tough and smart opponent. Marjorie is strong on everything and never gives up – a real WINNER!”
Congratulations to future Republican Star Marjorie Taylor Greene on a big Congressional primary win in Georgia against a very tough and smart opponent. Marjorie is strong on everything and never gives up – a real WINNER!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2020