Scalise kept silent Wednesday, as did Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the third-ranking Republican leader, who had spoken out against Greene's comments.
President Trump on Wednesday tweeted: "Congratulations to future Republican Star Marjorie Taylor Greene on a big Congressional primary win in Georgia against a very tough and smart opponent", Trump said on Twitter. "We do not endorse Greene, and we think she is the antithesis of what our party stands for". "She's a circus act". The theory claims without evidence that "deep-state" traitors and child sex predators including prominent Democrats are plotting against Trump, who in turn is leading a plot against them.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has labelled QAnon as a potential domestic security threat. Lauren Boebert, who has also expressed support for QAnon, recently upset a five-term congressman in a Republican primary in Colorado. "You want to rise above us".
In hours of Facebook video uncovered by Politico in June, Greene claimed that Black people were "held slaves to the Democratic Party", alleged that Jewish Democratic mega-donor George Soros was a Nazi and suggested that Muslims should not be allowed in government. Greene also compared Black Lives Matter activists to neo-Nazis, saying: "Guess what? Slavery is over. Black people have equal rights".
A spokesman for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., called the comments "appalling", while Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the No. 2 Republican in the House, publicly backed her opponent in the primary race.
Though she wasn't the "mainstream" choice of Republicans, Greene did receive support from other far-right conservatives in Congress, including from Rep. Jim Jordan of OH, who raised thousands of dollars on her behalf. "This is a referendum on every single one of us - on our beliefs".
Her remarks were met with loud cheers from her audience before she took aim at Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
However, some Republican lawmakers aside from Trump congratulated Greene, including Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler. "Marjorie is strong on everything and never gives up - a real victor!"
The unfounded theory originated in 2017 and is centered around an anonymous figure known only as "Q" who purportedly is leaking information from inside the government, according to The Washington Post.
"Qanon is a fabrication. This "insider" has predicted so much incorrectly", Republican Representative Adam Kinziger wrote on Twitter. "Could be Russian propaganda or a basement dweller". "No place in Congress for these conspiracies". Greene, criticized for promoting bigoted videos and supporting the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory, won the GOP nomination for Georgia's 14th Congressional District. I sat down and watched one of her more "scandalous" videos, at least according to Politico, and, based strictly on this video I disagree with some of her points (she is wrong on Muslims being sworn in on a Koran); kind of understood her point on some (I don't think black Americans looking at confederate statues should be filled with pride at how far we've gone, but I'm also not insane about toppling statues in parks); and agreed with her on the excesses of the BLM movement.
The victor of the Republican runoff will face Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal in the November 3 general election.
"If the Democrats can bring people like that in and make them an asset, then Republicans certainly need to", said Jack Kingston, who left Congress in 2015 after more than two decades representing southern Georgia. "We need donors to help get out the message and show people that there is an alternative - and a great alternative - to QAnon conspiracies and divisive rhetoric".