“The comments made by Ms. Greene are disgusting and don’t reflect the values of equality and decency that make our country great,” said Representative Steve Scalise, the House Republican whip. “I will be supporting Dr. Cowan.”
And a spokesman for Representative Liz Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, said: “Obviously, Representative Cheney opposes these offensive and bigoted comments.”
The National Republican Congressional Committee, the House Republicans’ campaign arm, does not get involved in primaries, according to a spokesman, Chris Pack. But the group’s chairman, Representative Tom Emmer, “is personally disgusted by this rhetoric and condemns it in the strongest possible terms,” Mr. Pack said.
Ms. Greene released a statement pushing back against the criticism.
“Every Republican, every Christian Conservative is going to be called a racist and a bigot by the Fake News Media, as have Steve Scalise and Liz Cheney,” she said. “I’m sorry my future colleagues are unable to stand up to the pressure and fight back.”
Ms. Greene had already gained attention for promoting QAnon, a conspiracy theory that began in October 2017, when a pseudonymous user of the online message board 4chan started writing cryptic posts under the name Q Clearance Patriot.
The person claimed to be a high-ranking official privy to top-secret information from President’s Trump’s inner circle. Over two years and more than 3,500 posts, Q — whose identity has never been determined — has unspooled a sprawling conspiracy involving a global cabal of politicians and celebrities controlling governments, media, banks and a child sex-trafficking ring.
“Q is a patriot,” Ms. Greene said in a video posted to YouTube. “We know that for sure.” She added, “There’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles out, and I think we have the president to do it.”