If Marjorie Taylor Greene is Trump’s spiritual successor, how do we respond?

Aristotle said nature abhors a vacuum – and the political world is no different, says Dave Maclean

Thursday 04 February 2021 00:00 GMT
 Marjorie Taylor Greene 
 Marjorie Taylor Greene  (AFP via Getty)

No sooner was Donald Trump’s chaotic energy banished to the sun-drenched confines of Mar a Lago than Marjorie Taylor Greene took to the national stage.

It was near-instantaneous. Google Trends show that search traffic for Ms Greene soared from nowhere in the week in which the president lost access to his Twitter account.

Their similarities as media operators are striking. Ms Greene pulls so many tricks straight out of the Trump playbook: portray every criticism as proof she’s winning the argument, use any examination of her record or her actions as a launchpad for fundraising, and toss Twitter grenades with regularity to stay in the news cycle.

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