The Man Who Is Even More Repulsive than Trump

It’s the new Speaker of the House, Mike Johnson, who has been rightly called the most important architect of Congressional efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Trump’s repulsiveness is openly displayed. It is manifest in his facial expressions, his writings, his utterances, his hair, his body language, and (to borrow a phrase coined by Jill Lapore) his swaggering viciousness.

Mike Johnson’s repulsiveness exceeds Trump’s repulsiveness because it is hidden. Johnson’s abhorrent nature and authoritarian ambition is cloaked with Christian piety and rectitude. He is the most clean-cut looking member of Congress, yet the most dangerous.