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Fried Greene Tomatoes

Capitol Hill has been consumed by the internecine drama surrounding the status of MAGA darling Marjorie Taylor Greene.
Capitol Hill has been consumed by the internecine drama surrounding the status of MAGA darling Marjorie Taylor Greene. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images
Tina Nguyen
July 13, 2023

One odd quirk of the House Freedom Caucus, that hardline group of forty-something rabble rousers that was founded in 2012 to strong-arm G.O.P. establishment snowflakes into submission, is that no one knows exactly who is a member at any given time. This confusion derives, in part, from the group’s Fight Club-esque rules: Most importantly, you do not talk about the Freedom Caucus. 

Apart from Chairman Scott Perry and its self-declared members, fellow travelers cannot be identified by any outward characteristics. Is Matt Gaetz, a close Trump ally and sworn enemy of Kevin McCarthy, in the group? (Maybe; I reached out to him but didn’t hear back.) How about Thomas Massie, the small-government libertarian and Reason magazine hero currently heading the Weaponization of the Federal Government Subcommittee? (Surprisingly, he’s a no.) Meanwhile, for the past few weeks, Capitol Hill has been consumed by the internecine drama surrounding the status of MAGA darling Marjorie Taylor Greene. Was it true that she had been kicked out of the H.F.C. clubhouse, and if so, why?