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In the meantime this criticism has become more restrained, and the influence of the 74-year-old on the party from his club resort Mar-a-Lago in distant Florida is obvious. "Trump is gone. The Trump cult lives on," wrote the Washington Post recently. Right at the forefront: the new Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Greene, 46, is not only an ardent Trump supporter, but also a supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theories. These crude ideas go back to cryptic Internet messages from an alleged insider ("Q") of the Trump administration. For example, QAnon supporters believe that Trump attempted to expose systematic child abuse by satanic US Democratic politicians.

"" Q "tries to tell people the truth," asserted Greene in a YouTube video in November 2017. "There is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dig this worldwide ring of Satan-worshiping pedophiles Who can do that. " Despite such comments, Greene was not only able to prevail against four competitors in the race for the Republican candidacy in her constituency in Georgia. In the end, she won the seat in the congressional election in November with almost 75 percent of the vote.

The right-wing Republican is not only controversial because of her QAnon sympathies. In a video she called the election of several Muslim Democratic MPs to the House of Representatives two years ago "an Islamic invasion". US media report, citing the now mostly deleted posts in social media from the past few years, Green "Like" a Facebook post in January 2019 in which a user suggested the chairman of the repr sentantenhaus, the Democrat Nancy Pelosi, to shoot "a bullet in the head".

A conspiracy theory, according to which the school massacre in Parkland 2018 was staged, Greene had with "Exactly!" commented, it says in the reports. In 2018, she announced on Facebook that Pelosi wanted more school massacres to tighten US gun laws. Leading Republicans in the House of Representatives named Greene a member of the Education Committee a few days ago. "What could you have been thinking?" Asked Pelosi. "Or is thinking too generous a word for that? It's absolutely horrific."

Democrat Jimmy Gomez announced a resolution to expel Greene from the House of Representatives. The top Republican in the chamber, Kevin McCarthy, sent word that he would seek talks with his party colleague in the coming days. Greene, meanwhile, makes a name for himself as a close ally of Trump, who ennobled her in August on his - now suspended - Twitter account as a "future Republican star" and "a real winner".

In a whole series of tweets, Greene wrote on Saturday that she had a "great phone call" with Trump. "I'm so grateful for his support, and more importantly, the people of this country are absolutely 100 percent loyal to him." Greene - like her idol - acts like a victim: "The bloodthirsty media and the socialist, America-hating Democrats attack me, just as they always attack President Trump." Greene's following words also sound like Trump's rhetoric: "I will never give in. I will never apologize. And I will keep fighting for the people. For me it means: America First !!!"

Trump critics saw the shock that the storm on the Capitol caused as an opportunity for Republicans to dare the liberation. However, it seems increasingly doubtful that they will succeed. 45 of the 50 Republicans in the Senate made it clear in a vote last week that they reject the impending impeachment proceedings against the ex-president, which, according to the will of the Democrats, will result in a life ban.

McCarthy - the top Republican in the House of Representatives - had attributed joint responsibility to Trump a week after the storm on the Capitol. Then he rowed back, and last Thursday he finally paid his respects to Trump in Florida. Trump's team then announced that the two politicians had agreed to work together to win back a majority in the House of Representatives for the Republicans in the 2022 congressional election. McCarthy could then possibly replace Pelosi as chairman of the chamber.

The Trump team boasted that the ex-president's support for certain candidates is now more than ever. That may be exaggerated in view of the miserable approval ratings at the end of his term in office. But Trump's judgment is by no means insignificant - after all, more than 74 million Americans voted for him in the November election. The Republicans are also likely to perceive as a threat that, according to a report in the "Wall Street Journal", Trump was playing with the idea of ​​founding his own party before he left the White House.

The broadcaster CNN reported after McCarthy's trip to Florida that Trump was already doing front behind the scenes against internal party critics such as the prominent congresswoman Liz Cheney. Cheney was among ten Republicans who voted with the Democrats in the House of Representatives for impeachment against Trump. Adam Kinzinger was also part of this group. He recently told the Washington Post, "I think we're going to have an epic battle to define this party in the next six months." His colleague Greene accused Kinzinger on Twitter of having nothing in common with the basic values ​​of the party. "She's not a Republican." (sda / dpa)