Trump Has Praise for 'Future Republican Star'

Marjorie Taylor Greene, accused of having racist views, will likely win congressional seat
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2020 8:03 AM CDT
Updated Aug 12, 2020 1:47 PM CDT

(Newser) – The outcome of a Tuesday primary runoff isn't the easiest one for GOP leaders: Marjorie Taylor Greene will be the Republican contender for Georgia's solidly red 14th Congressional District, meaning she's likely to take the seat despite her history of embracing the QAnon conspiracy theory ("something worth listening to and paying attention to," she said in 2017) and views that have been branded by some as Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, and racist. Though she finished 19 points ahead of neurosurgeon John Cowan in a June primary, neither crested the 50% mark. That triggered a runoff—along with, at the time, critical remarks about her views from GOP leaders, though of the House leadership, only Minority Whip Steve Scalise actively supported Cowan's campaign. More:

  • "Unapogetically conservative." Per CNN, Greene has responded to criticism like so: "If you're a Republican and if you are unapologetically conservative like I am you're going to see people like me called a racist even when it's very unwarranted."
  • Congratulations from Trump: President Trump congratulated her on Wednesday, calling her a "future Republican Star." "Marjorie is strong on everything and never gives up - a real WINNER!", Trump said.

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