Defiant U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene easily beat five other Republicans on Tuesday in a primary race that showed her conservative Georgia voters standing firmly by her side after a turbulent first-year term.
On the same day, the far-right lawmaker ruled out the need to restrict access to guns following the Texas school shooting that left at least 19 people dead.
Greene framed the attack as a mental health issue and tweeted, “We don’t need more gun control. We must return to God.
Greene showed no signs of softening in his victory speech on Tuesday night. She called, as she has in the past, for the impeachment of President Joe Biden and dismissed his election as the product of “fraudulent electoral votes.” She likened the pandemic mask and vaccine mandates to “medical tyranny” and lamented “the cruel and unlawful treatment of many nonviolent Jan 6 protesters.”
Greene called Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell one of Congress’s “failed leaders” and said to loud applause that she was part of a “majority that even now wants to see Hillary Clinton in prison”.
“Sending me back to Washington will send a message to the bloodsucking establishment: We will set the political agenda for the next decade, not them,” Greene said. She added, “We’re going to start speaking the truth louder and louder than ever.”
Greene, 47, will be back on the ballot in November facing the winner of a three-way Democratic primary in northwest Georgia’s 14th District, a seat drawn to give Republicans a huge advantage.
Greene became a celebrity on the far-right fringe of the Republican Party with her election two years ago as she accepted former President Donald Trump’s false claim that the 2020 election was stolen and swept away. engaged in conspiracy theories about the coronavirus.
Greene spoke at an event hosted by a white nationalist where the crowd chanted “Putin!” after Russia invaded Ukraine and launched other partisan attacks that critics said encouraged racism and violence.
Greene remained on the primary ballot Tuesday in Georgia’s 14th congressional district after a failed attempt to disqualify her by opposing voters. They argued that Greene engaged in an insurrection by encouraging the January 6, 2021 riot that disrupted Congressional certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory. The Georgian secretary of state and an administrative judge denied the claims.
Still, fellow Republicans refused to give Greene a free ride for re-election. Although his first term won loyal followers, he left other GOP members embarrassed.
Leading the list of Republicans vying to oust Greene in the primary was Jennifer Strahan, founder of a health care consulting firm in suburban Atlanta, who presented herself to voters as a “conservative no frills”.
“Now is not the time for unserious politicians who just want to hear themselves talk,” Strahan said in a campaign ad, without mentioning Greene’s name. In another, she said bluntly, “Our current US Representative is not doing her job.
Greene was stripped of her committee assignments last year by House Democrats who accused her of spreading violent and hateful conspiracies. In recent months, Greene has been banned from Twitter for spreading coronavirus misinformation.
Green has been largely unrepentant. In a campaign ad posted recently on her Facebook page, she calls Biden and House Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi “Communist Democrats” who “hate America, hate God, and hate our way of life.”