When Politico reported on Republican congressional candidate Marjorie Greene’s racist and bigoted comments in June, several top GOP officials—including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy—condemned her campaign. But after she beat her Republican opponent Dr. John Cowan in Tuesday’s primary race, McCarthy immediately switched gears. A spokesman for McCarthy’s office told Declan that the GOP leader “looks forward” to her win this November. Why on Earth is the House minority leader welcoming a racist conspiracy mongering candidate into the GOP with open arms? Our Dispatch Podcast hosts have some thoughts. It’s also worth exploring how she was able to win her primary in the first place, especially with all the negative media attention she’s gotten in recent months. A source close to her opponent’s campaign has a theory: “The most consistent thing we heard [about why voters were supporting Greene over Cowan] was that, ‘Well, she’s gonna go and she’s gonna fight, she’s gonna fight, she’s gonna fight.’ When you prodded a little bit deeper and asked, ‘Well what does that fight look like?’ They couldn’t tell you, but they just know she’s going to fight.” Tune in for some insights into what the future of the Republican Party will look like with a QAnon supporter in its ranks.

Show Notes:

Declan’s piece on the GOP’s reaction to Marjorie Greene’s primary win, Audrey’s piece on the growing conspiracy fringe in the Republican Party, Politico article on GOP condemning Greene in June, Trump’s tweet congratulating Greene on her win, Marjorie Taylor Greene’s motto.

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  1. DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… Coolidge

    I don’t know what Q-Anon is, but I suspect a Republican Party with a single Q-Anon supporter is still better for our country than a Democrat party full of racists, anti-Semites, baby-killers, Communists, and assorted America-haters.

    But go ahead and vote for those guys while still pretending to be conservatives, you grifters.

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    • August 14, 2020, at 2:59 PM PDT
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  2. DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… Coolidge

    Oh, and I like the construction “flirts with.” It’s how you can smear Republicans without actually, you know, making a solid connection. “We didn’t say the GOP endorsed Q-Anon! We just said they were flirting!” Smear-merchants. That’s what you are. Useless beltway grifters.

    We are being destroyed from within by left-wing revolutionaries, and you’re clutching your pearls about a single Republican who might be connected to something like Q-Anon. Next time you fall to your fainting couch, stay down and don’t get up.

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    • August 14, 2020, at 3:47 PM PDT
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  3. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Most conservatives would see a headline saying “GOP Flirts with QAnon” and simply wonder why the Republicans are buying generic brand cotton swabs. It’s one of those stories that makes hearts beat faster inside the Beltway and at a few media outlets elsewhere, but pretty much is a nothingburger for the rest of the country with better things to do.

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    • August 14, 2020, at 4:23 PM PDT
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  4. DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… Coolidge

    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    Most conservatives would see a headline saying “GOP Flirts with QAnon” and simply wonder why the Republicans are buying generic brand cotton swabs. It’s one of those stories that makes hearts beat faster inside the Beltway and at a few media outlets elsewhere, but pretty much is a nothingburger for the rest of the country with better things to do.

    Absolutely correct. They’d know that if they ever got outside their cloisters. But these guys stopped talking to the people a long time ago — if they ever did. It’s all about status retention among other beltway pundits — the most worthless sector in the United States.

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  5. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    Erick Erickson claims that Qanon is a pagan religion and clearly a heresy. That dude is off his meds.

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    • August 16, 2020, at 5:35 PM PDT
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  6. DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… Coolidge

    DonG (skeptic) (View Comment):

    Erick Erickson claims that Qanon is a pagan religion and clearly a heresy. That dude is off his meds.

    It might be. It might be a prank. Erick Erickson might be a pharisee like David French. What I do know is that we have actual communists, socialists, racists, jew-haters, baby-killers, gun-grabbers, totalitarians, and America-haters populating the left side of the aisle. They don’t hide it. They’re proud of these positions. They refuse to denounce antifa or BLM while our cities are burning. When invited to speak one word against the riots and the looting and the violence and the deaths, they walk out of the room.

    And these prissy Dispatch folks are having the vapors because there’s a GOP candidate who is “Q-adjacent” or something.

    Who the eff cares? Our country is burning to the ground, and the Democrats are leading an insurrection!

    Fight or FOAD!

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    • August 17, 2020, at 6:25 AM PDT
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  7. RS711 Listener

    I am all for getting her out of office the next time a primary comes up. Steve King is gone so I guess there had to be some new wack job to replace him. At least we are being diverse and now have a female crazy. For the record, I consider the 9/11 truther belief the most odious of her positions.

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    • August 17, 2020, at 8:13 AM PDT
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  8. DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… Coolidge

    RS711 (View Comment):

    I am all for getting her out of office the next time a primary comes up. Steve King is gone so I guess there had to be some new wack job to replace him. At least we are being diverse and now have a female crazy. For the record, I consider the 9/11 truther belief the most odious of her positions.

    How do you feel about Collusion-Truthers?

    In the grand scheme of things, I consider the terrorists, antifa loons, and assorted America-haters populating the left side of the aisle to be a far greater threat. The country is burning to the ground, and next week, the Displatch will be doing a podcast about the threat to the nation posed by flat-earthers or something.

     

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    • August 17, 2020, at 8:28 AM PDT
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