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Mike Johnson in the MAGA Meat Grinder

It’s an open question whether Mike Johnson will be on the curb soon enough, yet another victim of this ungovernable conference.
It’s an open question whether Mike Johnson will be on the curb soon enough, yet another victim of this ungovernable conference. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images
Tina Nguyen
October 26, 2023

The funny thing about the new, plucked-from-obscurity House Speaker, Mike Johnson—now dubbed “MAGA Mike” by everyone from Matt Gaetz to Joe Biden, especially as his history of ultra-conservative social views are unearthed—is that the guy was hardly even known inside far right circles prior to his speakership. Indeed, Johnson was never a fixture on the media circuit: no CPAC appearances, no hits on Fox News or War Room with Steve Bannon, not even any tweets from Donald Trump either damning or praising him.