Backers of QAnon conspiracy theory on path to U.S. Congress

But there will be a place for Greene among House Republicans. McCarthy said Greene should be given the chance to prove herself, once she is elected, because she had distanced herself from QAnon.

“She’s a small business owner, and she’ll be given an opportunity,” McCarthy told C-Span in August.

In the 2017 video about QAnon uncovered this year by Politico, Greene, 46, said: “There’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles out.”

After winning her primary runoff in August Greene backtracked, telling Fox News that QAnon does not “represent” her and “wasn’t part of my campaign.”

That did not stop her from recently attacking a House Republican, Representative Denver Riggleman, who co-sponsored the House-passed resolution condemning QAnon. On Twitter, Greene called the resolution “useless” and asked why the lawmakers had not done a resolution condemning the anti-fascist movement antifa.

Boebert, 33, the House candidate from Colorado who has also spoken warmly about QAnon, wears a pistol on her hip in campaign photos. She defeated a five-term House Republican in a June primary after defying coronavirus lockdown orders by opening her restaurant.

Boebert’s restaurant is known as “Shooters Grill,” boasts of armed waitresses and is located in the small town of Rifle.

In a May conservative podcast, Boebert said of QAnon that “if this is real, then it could be really great for our country.” After her June primary victory, she backpedaled, telling a local television station that “I’m not a follower” of QAnon: “I’m not into conspiracies.”

She faces Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush in a district that non-partisan analysts say leans Republican.

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Scott Malone, Aurora Ellis and Stephen Coates)

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