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QAnon backer Greene also promoted ‘Pizzagate,’ said Charlottesville was ‘inside job’

Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican nominee in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, wrote incendiary blog posts as a “correspondent” for the now-defunct conspiracy news site “American Truth Seekers,” according to web archives unearthed by NBC News

In the blog posts, which go back to 2017, Greene promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory, which claims that government officials and celebrities are controlling the government to undermine President Trump and run a child sex-trafficking ring.The FBI has labeled the loosely-defined QAnon community a potential domestic terrorism threat. 

In her posts, Greene promoted the “Clinton Kill List,” a decades-old conspiracy theory that baselessly claims Hillary Clinton is responsible for ordering assassinations.

According to other archives obtained by CNN, Greene also promoted “Pizzagate,” a related conspiracy theory that claims Clinton and other top Democratic figures were running a child sex-trafficking ring beneath a pizza shop in Washington, D.C.

In December 2016, a man fired a gun in the Comet Ping Pong pizza shop, claiming he was there to “self-investigate” the Pizzagate conspiracy. 

In a 2017 blog post, Greene said the deadly white supremacist rally held in Charlottesville, Va., that year was an “inside job” to “further the agenda of the elites.”

Greene suggested that James Fields, the man who killed one woman and injured 19 other counter-protesters during the rally, may have done so by accident. Fields was later convicted of first-degree murder and nine other charges. He also pleaded guilty to 29 federal hate crimes.

“Whether this is true or not, it is beyond tragic that James Alex Fields Jr rammed his car into the crowd killing 1 and injuring 19 others. If it was intentional and premeditated, then he deserves to be held accountable. Yet if his reaction was out of fear and hitting the crowd was actually an accident, then that changes the narrative of what happened in Charlottesville this past weekend,” Greene wrote.

In a lengthy Facebook post last year, Greene wrote that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was guilty of treason and suggested she could be executed, CNN noted.

Greene won the GOP primary this month in a solidly Republican district. She is favored to win in the November general election.

Since her victory, Republican lawmakers have sought to distance themselves from QAnon. One GOP House member joined a Democrat to introduce a resolution on Tuesday condemning the conspiracy theory.

Top Republicans including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) have come out against QAnon. 

Greene, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment for this story, has attempted to distance herself from the theory, asserting her previous blog posts don’t represent her current views. 

Tags Conspiracy theories Donald Trump Hillary Clinton Kevin McCarthy Liz Cheney Marjorie Taylor Greene Nancy Pelosi Pizzagate conspiracy theory QAnon Steve Scalise
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