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Opinion: In the Republican Party, the inmates are running the asylum

August 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

FILE - In this March 3, 2020, file photo, Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks to a GOP women's group in Rome, Ga. Greene, criticized for promoting racist videos and adamantly supporting the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory, has won the GOP nomination for northwest Georgia's 14th Congressional District. (John Bailey/Rome News-Tribune via AP, File)

The corruption and co-opting of the Republican Party by conspiracy theorists, anti-science promoters, White nationalists and kooks is becoming more total with every passing day, writes SE Cupp -- the most recent example, Marjorie Taylor Greene the winner of House primary runoff election in Georgia, and a QAnon supporter.

(CNN)The lead sentence in an article in The New York Times on Tuesday was a bizarre, if fitting, encapsulation of the state of American politics today: "Conspiracy theorists won a major victory on Tuesday. . . . "

That's because a Republican supporter of QAnon, a fringe group of quacks who believe President Donald Trump is under constant attack by deep-state, satanic child molesters, won her House primary runoff election in Georgia's 14th Congressional District, one of the country's reddest, where she is likely to triumph in November.

There are currently more than a dozen QAnon supporters running for Congress, the Times reports.

The corruption and co-opting of the Republican Party by conspiracy theorists, anti-science promoters, White nationalists and kooks is becoming more total with every passing day.

This is all in no small part thanks to President Trump, the Conspiracy Theorist in Chief.

That Trump has been able to do this falls squarely on the shoulders of the Republican Party, which allows these baseless theories to run rampant and unchecked -- and has refused to prevent its party from being transformed into a safe haven for quacks, bigots and ignoramuses.

The GOP's tacit and in many cases explicit support of these kinds of candidates and political appointees -- not to mention the President -- has stripped all meaning away from the party name.

Being a Republican today is more synonymous with White nationalism, anti-science, and conspiracy theories than any clear set of principles or policies.

So long as you suck up to Trump, today's "Republican" doesn't have to really believe in or support anything else.

So, to echo the President, "Congratulations to future Republican Star Marjorie Taylor Greene. . . . "

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