QANON fanatic Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene has posed wearing an inflammatory 'Stop the Steal' mask after refusing to cover up at her swearing-in.
Congress convened for the start of a new session, swearing in lawmakers as a rising tide of Republicans work to overturn Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump.
Georgia Republican Greene was pictured wearing her 'Stop the Steal' face covering while joining other freshmen GOP members of Congress.
They posed for a group photo on the East Front Steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, Monday January 4.
Trump-aligned Greene has given a strong nod to bizarre QAnon beliefs.
QAnon is a conspiracy theory shared online that the FBI has listed as a domestic terrorism threat.
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.
Greene has spoken strongly in favor of the crackpot belief.
In a video posted online several years ago, Greene claimed, “Q is a patriot,” referring to the supposed operative at QAnon’s center.
She also said: “There’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles out.”
However, after winning her primary runoff in August last year, Greene backtracked, telling Fox News that QAnon does not “represent” her and “wasn’t part of my campaign.”
The U.S. House of Representatives late last year voted to condemn the pro-Trump online conspiracy theory.
But, a recent poll by Morning Consult said 38 per cent of Republicans believe that at least parts of the QAnon conspiracy are true.
Trump has refused to renounce QAnon and even praised it as patriotic.
He has frequently retweeted QAnon-linked content.
Some Republicans, however, have publicly denounced the conspiracy theory.
“There is no place for QAnon in the Republican party,” House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy told Fox News in August 2020, becoming the highest-ranking Republican to publicly condemn QAnon.
At the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, Greene joined the likes of gun rights advocate Lauren Boebert of Colorado, who has circulated a letter of support to retain the right of lawmakers to carry firearms in the Capitol.
Elbow bumps had replaced handshakes as senators took the oath of office in the US Capitol in Washington, DC.
But by day's end, House lawmakers were hugging and congratulating one another after taking the oath of office in the crowded chamber, an alarming scene during the coronavirus pandemic.
Greene was pictured with her face covering below her mouth, despite the bug killing more than 361,000 Americans so far.
She was among a group of House Republicans led by Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama who visited Trump at the White House during the holiday season about their effort to undo the election.
"The January 6 challenge is on", Greene announced in a tweet.
She also tweeted today: "Just got off the phone with Donald Trump. He wants you to call your Rep & Senators today, all day.
"Make them commit to objecting to the stolen fraudulent election and fight for Trump. Don’t let Republicans be the 'surrender Caucus'."
Various election officials across the country and Trump's former attorney general, William Barr, have said there was no widespread fraud in the election.
Republican governors in Arizona and Georgia, key battleground states crucial to Bidens victory, have also vouched for the integrity of their state elections.
Nearly all the legal challenges from Trump and his allies have been dismissed by judges, including two tossed by the Supreme Court, which has three Trump-nominated justices.
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