GQP, the “radical cult that used to be a political party” now attacks “wokeness” to divert attention from their retribution against Liz Cheney’s vote against previous guy during the insurrection.
McCarthy Reportedly Says He’s ‘Had It’ With Cheney, Predicts She’ll Face Removal
What he's saying: “I think she's got real problems,” McCarthy told Steve Doocy off-air ahead of a live “Fox and Friends” interview. “I've had it with … I've had it with her. You know, I've lost confidence. … Well, someone just has to bring a motion, but I assume that will probably take place.”
- The comments, made amid seeming cross-talk with Doocy, outlined how the House conference chair could be removed by a vote from the chamber's Republican members.
- McCarthy's comments contrasted from the nearly 6-minute, on-air interview where he told Doocy he'd heard members concerned about Cheney's ability to carry out her job as a party leader.
- “This is about whether the Republican Party is going to perpetuate lies about the 2020 election and attempt to whitewash what happened on Jan. 6,” Cheney spokesperson Jeremy Adler said in response to McCarthy's aired Fox interview. “Liz will not do that. That is the issue.”
Why it matters: To date, McCarthy has left some of his more pointed criticisms to his lieutenants, but this firmly puts him on the record — even if it was accidental.
Until a few years ago, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) was known primarily for two things: feuding with her own sister over the issue of gay marriage, and being the guardian of her father’s foreign policy legacy, especially its conviction that there are few problems in the world that cannot be solved with an invasion by the U.S. military.
But today, Cheney’s willingness to stand up for a couple of basic principles — principles that in a sane party would be so self-evident as to not even require discussion — has her on the threshold of being purged from the GOP, or at least from her position in the House Republican leadership. One need not weep for her fate to understand that it illustrates something very dark about her party, something that will continue to characterize it for at least the near future — especially through the 2024 presidential election.
While there are other Republicans who acknowledge the fact that Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 election, what distinguishes Cheney is that she has been doing so vocally and voluntarily, reiterating not just that undermining U.S. elections is a bad thing, but that it’s also bad for Republican officeholders to continually lie to their constituents. That she does this as the third-ranking member of the GOP House leadership is deeply offensive to those of her colleagues most in thrall to Donald Trump.
….Whatever the base wants to hear — any lie, any conspiracy theory, any ugly impulse forged in the depths of their resentments and fears — the candidates will mirror it right back at them.