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Greene and Gaetz, staunch Trump fans, take their show on the road

  MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE , a first-term Republican congresswoman from north-west Georgia, was in high spirits. She was celebrating her 47th ...

 


MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE, a first-term Republican congresswoman from north-west Georgia, was in high spirits. She was celebrating her 47th birthday at an America First rally in her district, on the third stop of a roadshow through Republican heartlands with Matt Gaetz, an equally Trumpy congressman from Florida best known for his check suits, 1950s quiff and burgeoning sex scandal. “This is the best birthday I could have had,” she beamed from the stage—and the crowd loved her back. Linda Arnold, a 67-year-old who had travelled up from Atlanta, approvingly called Ms Greene “a fire-breather”.

 

All the elements of a MAGA rally were there: red hats, American flag T-shirts, not a mask in sight. “This is the Donald Trump Republican Party,” Mr Gaetz roared. He is not wrong. A majority of Republican voters believe that Joe Biden stole the election from Mr Trump. And one day after the rally, Senate Republicans blocked the creation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the storming of the Capitol on January 6th by disaffected Trump supporters. Political parties tend to slough off losers, but Mr Trump retains a firm grip over Republicans. Were he to run for president again, he might well win. But he is 74 years old and embroiled in legal trouble, including a criminal investigation in New York. Mr Gaetz and Ms Greene are positioning themselves to be the inheritors of his base.

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