GOP-Backed QAnon Candidate: Obama Used MS-13 To Assassinate Seth Rich
Republican House candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene said in a recently unearthed video that the Obama administration used the violent MS-13 street gang to do its “dirty work,” including the murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich.
- Media Matters reported that “Greene’s unhinged claim echoes a post by someone purporting to be ‘Q’ -- the central figure in the QAnon conspiracy theory.”
- The publication noted that Rich’s 2016 murder is believed by police to have been a botched robbery, though the case is as yet unsolved.
Right-wing media personalities and outlets, including Fox News, have forwarded numerous conspiracy theories about Democrats supposedly being involved in his death. The smears got so bad that Rich’s family asked the public to “cease using Seth as a political football in predetermined partisan narratives.”
- Greene said in her video that MS-13 was “kind of the henchmen of the Obama administration”:
“MS-13, everyone. Under Obama came MS-13. There's a lot to that. You have to understand, there's -- they have very good -- they had very good relationships with MS-13. MS-13 was basically like, they were the kind of the henchmen of the Obama administration. They did a lot of the dirty work. Seth Rich. Seth Rich was murdered by two MS-13 gang members. That's what I mean by dirty work, OK?”
- Greene, who is both a QAnon supporter and a 9/11 conspiracy theorist, won her primary runoff this week “in a heavily Republican congressional district, meaning that the Georgian will likely become the first open and avowed QAnon believer in Congress.”
CBS News reported last year that it had “confirmed a Russian disinformation campaign helped push a bogus theory that Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign paid to murder a Democratic National Committee staffer.”
Media Matters noted that "President Donald Trump enthusiastically tweeted his support for Greene and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) office said that Republicans “look forward” to her victory in November."
Watch Greene’s video: