Plenty of Republican nominees in 2020 are vying for congressional seats: In Oregon, Jo Rae Perkins, who has demanded that Trump declare martial law in her state, faces incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley in November. In Georgia, Republican nominee Marjorie Taylor Inexperienced, who has voiced help for QAnon but in addition distanced herself from the cult, appears to be a shoo-in to win the state’s 14th congressional district. In Colorado, GOP nominee Lauren Bobert, who has inconsistently supported QAnon theories, is the nominee for the state’s 3rd congressional district.
All instructed, some 23 Republicans who’ve voiced help for the cult will probably be on November’s poll. A lot of them have later backed away from that help, whereas others—notably Perkins and Inexperienced—have doubled down on their help.
As with many of the Republicans who’ve completed so, Witzke’s makes an attempt to distance herself from QAnon have been at greatest half-hearted and unconvincing, largely as a result of her earlier help was so vocal and deeply linked to much more unseemly components of the conspiracist far proper.
All through most of 2019, she avidly tweeted out QAnon content material, notably the cult’s “The place We Go One We Go All” slogan as the #WWG1WGA hashtag. She additionally was photographed sporting a QAnon shirt at a marketing campaign occasion. She has furthermore brazenly recognized with the “America First” agenda, first touted by Donald Trump however now largely the purview of white nationalists.
Her former marketing campaign supervisor, Michael Sisco, is much more problematic. Sisco, who has actively voiced support for supplanting American democracy with a monarchy, labored alongside Witzke within the GOP’s Iowa discipline workplace because the marketing campaign supervisor for congressional candidate Bobby Schilling until he was fired by the Schilling marketing campaign for organizing an occasion in Bettendorf that includes white nationalist provocateur Nicholas Fuentes. Witzke then went on to hire Sisco, with whom she was reportedly also involved romantically.
Throughout their work collectively in Iowa, Sisco and Witzke—who was concerned with Trump’s get-out-the-vote efforts in Iowa as a GOP discipline coordinator—assembled plenty of occasions that includes anti-Semitic QAnon determine Dylan Wheeler, who has developed a massive social-media following by mixing QAnon conspiracism with basic white nationalist tropes, notably the so-called “Jewish query.”
Sisco seems to have departed the Witzke marketing campaign someday in early July.
Witzke herself has a long track record of dalliances and alliances with white nationalists. She has retweeted a pro-“Groyper” account, @GroypSC, which frequently posts racist and anti-Semitic content material. In January, she adopted plenty of white nationalists on Twitter together with Religion Goldy, Vincent Foxx, anti-Semite E. Michael Jones, Peter Brimelow, Nick Fuentes, Bronze Age Pervert, and Scott Greer, in addition to designated hate teams such because the Federation for American Immigration Reform and RedIce, and an account that primarily regurgitates content material from the white nationalist website American Renaissance.
Witzke’s present list of figures she follows on Twitter has dropped most of those accounts, however nonetheless consists of a number of “Groyper” accounts in addition to an account devoted to “helicopter rides” (a reference to the memes promoted by far-right road brawlers urging the revival of presidency methods for eliminating political opponents lethally, first deployed by former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet), in addition to white nationalist determine Lauren Southern.
She additionally has an extended historical past of far-right radicalism. In April 2019, she took half in a rally on the Washington, D.C. Trump Resort for the so-called “Deplorables Tour,” and spoke at size to the viewers, together with her story of restoration from dependancy to heroin and methamphetamine. From that, she pivoted to ardent help for Trump’s efforts to construct a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
“There was an project to wipe out my technology, however I cannot stand by and let this proceed. … Our God is a God of order. God establishes the borders of countries. Our nation is constructed on biblical rules. And there’s an agenda for many years to dismantle the unity of our individuals and to impress chaos,” Witzke mentioned.
“I do know and not using a shadow of a doubt that the Lord anointed Donald J. Trump in occasions reminiscent of this to revive our nation into order,” she added. “He has assigned this man to this place to re-establish the order of this nation.”