House Republican Leaders Condemn Georgia GOP Candidate Over Racist Videos
House Republicans are working to distance themselves from a GOP congressional candidate in Georgia after it was revealed that she expressed racist, Islamophobic, and anti-Semitic views in Facebook videos, according to a Politco report.
The candidate, Marjorie Taylor Greene, suggested that Muslims do not belong in government; thinks black people “are held slaves to the Democratic Party”; called George Soros, a Jewish Democratic megadonor, a Nazi; and said she would feel “proud” to see a Confederate monument if she were black because it symbolizes progress made since the Civil War.”
Greene won her Republican primary in a 2 to 1 lead over the second candidate. She is favored to win the runoff election in a deep red district. Securing the Republican nomination all but means she will win the seat in the general election.
- Republicans are panicked over her victory as the nation reckons with its history of deep racial inequality.
- Greene also subscribes to Q-Anon, the conspiracy theory asserting the “deep state” conspired against Donald Trump and his supporters.
- Drew Florio, spokesperson for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), said, “These comments are appalling, and Leader McCarthy has no tolerance for them.”
- House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) expressed similar sentiments, “The comments made by Ms. Greene are disgusting and don’t reflect the values of equality and decency that make our country great.” He added that he would be supporting Dr. Cowan, Greene’s Democratic challenger.
In the recordings obtained by Politco, Greene detailed her hatred of Muslims, who she claims “have sex with little boys, little girls, multiple women” and allegedly marry their family members. She called the 2018 midterm’s diverse congress a plot for the Muslim invasion of America. Further, she detailed her thoughts about how Black Lives Matter was akin to Neo-Nazism or the KKK.
Greene’s spokesperson did not deny the claims. Worse, when asked about Greene’s anti-Semitic statement about George Soros, a wealthy Jewish philanthropist often the target of the right for his support of progressive causes, Green’s spokesperson said, “Thank[s] for the reminder about Soros. We forgot to put him in our newest ad. We’re fixing that now, would you like me to send you a copy?”
Of George Soros she said, “George Soros is the piece of crap that turned in — he’s a Jew — he turned in his own people over to the Nazis.”
Greene ended one of her videos by saying, “The most mistreated group of people in the United States today are white males.”
Her comments appear to be from 2017-2019, but it is not clear.
In an unprecedented intervention, the National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Chis Pack said Chairman Tom Emmer (R-MN) is “personally disgusted by this rhetoric and condemns it in the strongest possible terms.”
Despite her rhetoric, Greene has managed to secure a number of endorsements from House Republicans: Andy Briggs (AR), Jim Jordan (OH), Jody Hice (GA). However, a number of Republicans have backed her Democratic opponent.
Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) said her comments “would render her incapable of being an effective member of Congress.”