Greene won her primary in a heavily Republican district and then her Democratic opponent was mysteriously out of the running. Q-curious Republicans have also won primary elections to challenge the Democratic Senate incumbents in Delaware and Oregon.
"While most of the people who run under the QAnon banner are rightly laughed at from the voting booth, the fact is that such a broad movement, with so many supporters, inevitably has to vote for QAnon participants, ”said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, said CNN. "They're growing, they're committed, and unlike other fringe movements, they put up candidates at all levels, from local to national races."
Greene and Delaware Republican Lauren Witzke have distanced themselves a little from their previous endorsement of QAnon, while Oregon-based Jo Rae Perkins says it is an "information resource" that "Kind of like a clearing house. And that's exactly what I like about Q. One thing I like, the other is that there are questions in the Socratic method. "
A clearinghouse for claims that Democrats are a cabal of pedophiles who worship Satan and that Donald Trump is a brave warrior against it, mind you.
There are currently three candidates, only one likely to win, and none of whom are currently ready to fully embrace QAnon. But this is the tip – we've seen more than once how quickly fringe Republican ideas dominate the party – and conspiracy theory has entered a dangerous new phase. "appear in peloton forums, circulate among Instagram influencers and gain a foothold with anti-Vaxxers, yoga communities and new mothers, ”writes Lili Loofbourow. In this new form, it is often veiled, but then again, most cults do not approach recruits with "Hello, would you like to join our cult?"
Once again, Republicans are ready to take the United States to an even darker place than we've seen before. This is dangerous.