As Republicans splinter over how to take care of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, the QAnon devotee from Georgia who peddles an array of false conspiracy theories, Democrats are seizing on the infighting to make her the avatar for an array of G.O.P. lawmakers.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Tuesday started a $500,000 promoting marketing campaign on tv and on-line tying eight House Republicans, together with Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority chief, to Ms. Greene and QAnon, an effort to drive them to make a public affirmation about Ms. Greene.
“Congressman Don Bacon,” an ominous-sounding voice intones within the advert concentrating on the Nebraska Republican, “he stood with Q, not you.”
The technique is analogous to the one Republicans employed towards Democrats final summer season throughout the protests over racial injustice, after they sought to paint all Democrats as in favor of defunding the police, together with President Biden, who repeatedly mentioned he didn’t favor it.
In releasing the QAnon-focused adverts this week, Democrats are putting at a uncooked nerve within the Republican Party. Ms. Greene’s radical pronouncements — she indicated assist for executing Democratic politicians several years ago — have alarmed even Republicans in addition to Democrats. On Monday, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the minority chief, mentioned the “loony lies and conspiracy theories” embraced by Ms. Greene amounted to a “cancer” on the social gathering.
Like the Republican adverts that flooded the airwaves final yr that includes grainy pictures of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic adverts function Ms. Greene and Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado, who has additionally expressed assist for QAnon, as a lot because the candidates they’re attacking.
“QAnon, a conspiracy theory born online, took over the Republican Party,” the advert’s narrator says, whereas pictures of Ms. Greene and Ms. Boebert flash on the display. “Sent followers to Congress and, with Donald Trump, incited a mob that attacked the Capitol and murdered a cop.”
QAnon is a sprawling web conspiracy concept that falsely alleges that the world is run by a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles who’re plotting towards former President Donald J. Trump.
Democrats in Washington have adopted Ms. Greene because the image of the post-Trump Republican Party, aiming to elevate her profile as a part of an effort to divide the G.O.P. whereas in search of to drive Republicans to vote on whether or not to permit her to stay on House committees. On Saturday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s press workplace issued a information launch beneath the headline “Minority Leader McCarthy (̶G̶O̶P̶)̶ (QAnon) Embraces Marjorie Taylor Greene.”
Ms. Greene has used the fracas to elevate cash and emphasize her reference to Mr. Trump, basically daring Mr. McCarthy to self-discipline her on the threat of alienating Mr. Trump and people among the many social gathering’s base voters who embrace his conspiracy theories. On Saturday, two days after Mr. McCarthy met with Mr. Trump in Florida, Ms. Greene tweeted that she too had spoken with the former president and that he had provided encouragement.
Mr. McCarthy is meant to meet with Ms. Greene later this week, caught between Mr. Trump’s assist for her and Mr. McConnell’s condemnation.
The new Democratic adverts don’t distinguish between Republicans who voted to overturn the Electoral College outcomes and those that didn’t. Of the eight Republicans focused, solely Mr. McCarthy and Representatives Mike Garcia of California and Beth Van Duyne of Texas objected to Mr. Biden’s victory. Separate adverts additionally goal Mr. Bacon and Representatives Maria Elvira Salazar of Florida, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania and Young Kim and Michelle Steel of California.
Each of the incumbents voted towards impeaching Mr. Trump.
“Washington Republicans have made their choice — they chose to cave to the murderous Q-Anon mob that has taken over their party,” mentioned Representative Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s chairman. “Their actions have made one thing clear — no American will be safe from the QAnon mob if Washington Republicans are in power.”