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Matt Gaetz pulls the fire alarm

4 October 2023

10:30 AM

4 October 2023

10:30 AM

Matt Gaetz pulled the alarm but, unlike the stunt by fellow House member Jamaal Bowman, there really was a fire. Gaetz set it himself, with help from seven other Republicans on the party’s populist right. Now the whole party has to deal with the smoking ruins.

Because the majority party has only a slim edge, any small, cohesive group among them can wield huge leverage.

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