As Republicans splinter over how to deal with Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Georgia QAnon supporter who propagates a number of false conspiracy theories, the Democrats use the fighting to make her the avatar for a number of G.O.P. close. Legislature.
The Congressional Democratic Campaigns Committee launched a $ 500,000 advertising campaign on television and online Tuesday to engage eight Republicans in the House, including Representative Kevin McCarthy from California, the minority leader, to Ms. Greene and QAnon to force them to provide public endorsement about Ms. Greene.
“Congressman Don Bacon,” says a threatening voice in the ad, which is aimed at the Republican from Nebraska, “he was with Q, not you.”
The strategy is similar to the Republicans’ strategy used last summer during the racial injustice protests against Democrats when they tried to label all Democrats as pressure on the police, including President Biden who repeatedly said he did not support them.
With the release of the QAnon-related ads this week, the Democrats hit a nerve in the Republican Party. Ms. Greene’s radical remarks – she indicated support for the execution of democratic politicians a few years ago – alarmed even Republicans and Democrats. On Monday, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, the minority leader, said the “crazy lies and conspiracy theories” advocated by Ms. Greene represented a “cancer” in the party.
Like the Republican ads that flooded the waves of air with grainy images of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez last year, the Democratic ads show Ms. Greene and Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado, who have also expressed their support for QAnon, as have the candidates attacking them.
“QAnon, a conspiracy theory born online, has taken over the Republican Party,” said the ad spokesman as images of Ms. Greene and Ms. Boebert flash on the screen. “Sending supporters to Congress and, with Donald Trump, incited a mob who attacked the Capitol and murdered a police officer.”
QAnon is a widespread internet conspiracy theory that falsely claims that the world is ruled by a cabal of satan-worshiping pedophiles who planned against former President Donald J. Trump.
Washington Democrats adopted Ms. Greene as a post-Trump Republican Party symbol to raise her profile to promote the G.O.P. while trying to force Republicans to vote on whether she can stay on the House committees. On Saturday, the press office of spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi published a press release under the heading “Minority Leader McCarthy (̶G̶O̶P̶) ̶ (QAnon) Hugs Marjorie Taylor Greene. “
Ms. Greene has used the Fracas to raise funds and to emphasize her connection with Mr. Trump. She essentially dared to discipline Mr. McCarthy in order to alienate Mr. Trump and those of the party’s grassroots voters who embrace his conspiracy theories. On Saturday, two days after Mr. McCarthy met with Mr. Trump in Florida, Mrs. Greene was there tweeted that she had also spoken to the former president and that he had offered encouragement.
Mr. McCarthy is due to meet with Ms. Greene later this week, between Mr. Trump’s support for her and Mr. McConnell’s conviction.
The new Democratic ads do not distinguish between Republicans who voted to reject the electoral college results and those who did not. Of the eight Republicans targeted, only Mr. McCarthy and Representatives were Mike Garcia from California and Beth Van Duyne from Texas contradicted Mr. Biden’s victory. Separate advertisements are also directed to Mr. Bacon and agents Maria Elvira Salazar from Florida, Brian Fitzpatrick from Pennsylvania and Young Kim and Michelle Steel from California.
Each of the incumbents voted against the charges against Mr. Trump.
“The Republicans in Washington have made their choice – they have decided to give in to the murderous Q-Anon mob that has taken over their party,” said New York Democratic Campaigning Committee chairman Sean Patrick Maloney. “Your actions have made one thing clear: no American will be safe from the QAnon mob when the Washington Republicans are in power.”