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Marjorie Taylor Greene’s incredible fundraising haul reveals what the GOP is really about

Vox reports:

In preparation for what is likely to be a contentious reelection fight, freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has raised more than $3 million in the last three months, Politico reported Wednesday.

It’s a shocking total, one that dwarfs the nearly $728,000 Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) pulled in during the first three months of 2019, and it follows months of controversy that have dogged Greene since her election victory in November.

“I’m just getting started,” Greene tweeted Wednesday while celebrating the haul. “I am one of the people and the people are with me, and I will always be with them.”

Greene rose to political prominence in part because of her positive statements about QAnon, a far-right conspiracy theory that claims House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats are secretly running a cannibalistic sex-trafficking ring — and that former President Donald Trump has or had a secret plan to stop them. Greene has since distanced herself from those comments.

After Greene was sworn in, House Democrats introduced a resolution to censure her for previously calling the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School a “false flag” operation and for suggesting that the California wildfires in 2018 were the work of Jewish-controlled space lasers.

Those incidents, among others, got Greene stripped of her two committee assignments in early February, including a coveted spot on the House Committee of Education and Labor. A group of 11 Republicans joined all 219 Democrats in the House to remove her, suggesting that while there was some disapproval of Greene among GOP lawmakers, the party was willing to coalesce behind her in light of her Trumpian rhetoric, bluster, and growing national popularity among conservatives. [Continue reading…]

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