The collective delusion known as QAnon describes a web of conspiracy theories hinging on the premise that President Donald Trump was sent to Washington to expose and dismantle a network of satanic, cannibal pedophiles secretly controlling the United States government.
While the bizarre idea sounds absurd to most people, QAnon has become a widespread belief in fringe right-wing circles. It's also enjoyed increased legitimacy in the highest tiers of government, with President Donald Trump's refusal to condemn the conspiracy theory, and with the recent election of Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene to Congress.
Greene has expressed support for QAnon in the past, saying in a 2017 Facebook video:
"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."
In addition to her belief in QAnon, Greene is infamous for using her love of assault rifles to appeal to conservatives. In one campaign ad, she cocked an AR-15 before telling "antifa terrorists" to "stay the hell out of northwest Georgia." She faced backlash for posting a Facebook meme that showed her pointing another assault weapon at Congresswomen Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
On Friday, freshmen members of Congress had their first day of orientation—and Greene is already railing on Twitter about basic safety precautions against the pandemic that's killed nearly 250 thousand Americans.
Greene called the wearing of masks "oppressive."
Greene concluded the diatribe with the words "My body, my choice"—a slogan frequently used to express support for legal and safe access to abortion.
Unlike the deadly pandemic, abortion is not contagious.
Greene's comments were roundly criticized on Twitter.
Her argument was easily debunked.
Greene's subsequent tweets show that she has no understanding of why masks are important.
Masks keep projectile saliva droplets carrying the virus from spreading to others. When someone wears a mask, they're keeping themselves from unknowingly spreading the virus to those with whom they associate. When everyone in a group wears a mask, everyone is safer.
Greene thinks that the purpose of a mask is to keep the wearer from being infected.
Greene and the rest of the 117th Congress will be inaugurated on January 3rd.