New House Speaker has got a new nickname and it's hilariously spot-on

Written by Jeppe W

Oct.26 - 2023 10:03 AM CET


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Following a tumultuous three weeks of internal party strife, the Republican Party has a new House Speaker—Rep. Mike Johnson from Louisiana.  But what does this mean for the future of the Republican Party, and how did Johnson earn this title?

Rise to power

First elected to the House of Representatives in 2016, Mike Johnson has quickly climbed the ranks, despite maintaining a relatively low national profile.

His journey to becoming the 56th House Speaker was less about his popularity and more about his ability to remain unscathed as internal conflicts shook the party’s core.

Johnson managed to navigate through the infighting, presenting himself as a figure who could bring stability back to the House.

The "MAGA" Connection

"MAGA," standing for "Make America Great Again," is a slogan that has been synonymous with former President Donald Trump’s brand of conservatism. Rep. Johnson has been a staunch supporter of Trump, going as far as leading an initiative asking the Supreme Court to invalidate the 2020 presidential election results based on unfounded claims of fraud.

His willingness to stand with Trump, even in the face of controversy, has endeared him to the MAGA movement, earning him the "MAGA Mike" nickname.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), a prominent figure in the MAGA movement, openly declared Johnson’s election as a win for Trump’s ideology, stating that it showcased the “ascendance of this movement” within the Republican Party.

As House Speaker, "MAGA Mike" has his work cut out for him. The immediate challenges he faces include addressing a looming government shutdown and responding to international aid requests.

His MAGA association suggests that he will likely align with the more conservative factions of the party, potentially complicating bipartisan negotiations.

However, it remains to be seen whether Johnson will use his MAGA influence to bridge the gap within the party or to further entrench the divisions.

His ability to maneuver through the recent chaos suggests a political acumen that could be advantageous in these challenging times.

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