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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy accused Rep. Liz Cheney of engaging in 'cancel culture' after she told reporters former President Donald Trump should have 'no role in the future of the party or the country.'
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House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (Wyo.) said this week that white supremacist ideology has penetrated both of America's political parties. "We've seen anti-Semitism, white supremacy, Holocaust denial, by people both on the right in the Republican Party and by people on the left in the Democratic Party," Cheney said Wednesday during a meeting with the Cheyenne Rotary Club, according to The Casper Star-Tribune. "They can have no"We've seen anti-Semitism, white supremacy, Holocaust denial, by people both on the right in the Republican Party and by people on the left in the Democratic Party," Cheney said Wednesday during a meeting with the Cheyenne Rotary Club, according to The Casper Star-Tribune
McCarthy appeared on Fox News Channel Thursday and was specifically asked about Cheney's comments.
'The idea that a Republican would join with the cancel culture I just think is wrong, it's beyond just having a difference in opinion,' McCarthy answered, after also acknowledging that the GOP was a 'big tent' party.
On Wednesday, McCarthy and Cheney, who is the No. 3 Republican in the House, publicly clashed over Trump's future role.
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The high-ranking House Republican told colleagues to "stand against insurrection" because upholding the Constitution is important in fighting the "quicksand of socialism."Cheney, who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, was censured by her state Republican party and faced calls within her congressional caucus to step down from her leadership role. She's refused to apologize for her vote and called on her Republican colleagues to condemn Trump's behavior as an "existential threat," and address the riot directly.
The two were standing a few feet away from one another at the weekly GOP press conference when events took an awkward turn.
Both were asked if Trump should address the Conservative Political Action Conference, which fully kicks off Friday in Orlando, Florida.
CPAC has traditionally been used by Republicans as a cattle call for future presidential candidates.
Trump has not ruled out another White House run in 2024.
'Yes he should,' McCarthy said about a Trump appearance.
Cheney, who voted in favor of Trump's impeachment in January, offered a different view.
'That's up to CPAC,' she said. 'I've been clear on my views and the extent to which following January 6th I don't believe that he should be playing a role in the future of the party or the country.'
Republican leaders Kevin McCarthy and Liz Cheney clash over support for Trump at a press conference
"I don't believe [Trump] should be playing a role in the future of the party or the country," Cheney said.House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy responded simply: "Yes, he should.
McCarthy then concluded the press conference.
'On that high note, thank you very much,' he said to laughter in the room.
It came the day after Mitt Romney, who voted to convict Trump, said that if the ex-president runs for the 2024 nomination, he would win the Republican primary.
Trump's address to CPAC on Sunday will mark his return to public life following his defeat in the November presidential election, the inauguration of Joe Biden - which Trump skipped, and Trump's acquittal in his second impeachment trial on the charge of inciting a insurrection in the Capitol on January 6th.
Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which hosts CPAC, said he expected Trump to outline an active role in Republican Party politics when he addresses the four-day event in Orlando, Florida.
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"I've been clear in my views about President Trump and the extent to which following January 6, I don't believe he should be playing a role in the party," Cheney said.CBS News asked both Cheney and McCarthy if Mr. Trump should speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference this weekend.
'I'm not sure what he's going to say about 2024 but I'm pretty confident he's going to make it clear that it's a very viable possibility,' Schlapp told Reuters.
'Donald Trump is going to stay in the game and will be involved in primaries and he's going to opine and he´s going to give speeches, and for establishment Republicans it puts shivers down their spine. They're very concerned he's going to continue to have an impact. My advice to them is to get used to it,' Schlapp said.
And Romney, a frequent Trump critic, said Tuesday that he was 'sure' Trump will play a role in the GOP for years to come.
'I expect he will continue playing a role. I don't know if he'll run in 2024 or not. But if he does, I'm pretty sure he will win the nomination,' Romney told The New York Times' DealBook virtual conference.
'I look at the polls,' Romney continued. 'And the polls show that among the names being floated as potential contenders in 2024, if you put President Trump in there among Republicans, he wins in a landslide.'
Trump's role in the GOP has been subject to much debate within the party itself.
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McCarthy contorts himself to praise Trump, as Trump reportedly considers denouncing him anyway.McCarthy’s remarks in particular — and CPAC 2021 in general — illustrate how whatever second thoughts the Republican establishment had about Trump following the insurrection have fallen by the wayside. And they were a reminder that although Trump did lose reelection, he remains a popular, and therefore powerful, figure in the Republican Party.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has separated himself from the former president, saying Trump did incite the MAGA mob that stormed the Capitol but he couldn't be impeached as he was no longer president.
Trump, in return, called McConnell a 'dour,' 'sullen,' 'unsmiling political hack.'
McCarthy, in contrast, went to Mar-a-Lago to meet with Trump and kiss the proverbial ring, praising the former president as leader of the party. He's made shifting statements on the role Trump played in the January 6th riot.
Conservative Rep. Jim Jordan, a major Trump ally on Capitol Hill, tweeted his support for the former president after McCarthy and Cheney's public disagreement.
'President Trump is the leader of the Republican Party,' he wrote.
Trump has retained support among many GOP hardliners and is expected to play a major role in the party's primaries in the 2022 election.
Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans to vote for Trump's impeachment, a move which led to a failed attempt by conservative Republicans to oust her from her leadership position.
Cheney prevailed in an overwhelming secret vote by the conference in early February after a tense meeting, with 61 Republicans voting to take away her post as the Number Three leader, and 145 voting to keep her, with one abstaining.
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said that he would "bet my house" that Republicans win the back majority in the House in 2022.During an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), McCarthy was asked by American Conservative Union Chair Matt Schlapp about what the minority leader thought the likelihood is of Republicans taking back the lower chamber in the next midterm cycle. "We're going to get theDuring an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), McCarthy was asked by American Conservative Union Chair Matt Schlapp about what the minority leader thought the likelihood is of Republicans taking back the lower chamber in the next midterm cycle.
She has kept up her role as naysayer against Trump, beating the drum against his influence in the party. The former president has vowed vengeance on those who defied him, saying he would help their opponents in primaries.
Cheney, on Tuesday called on Republicans to 'make clear that we aren't the party of white supremacy,' pointing to the symbols many Trump supporters carried when they marched through the Capitol on January 6th.
'It's very important, especially for us as Republicans, to make clear that we aren't the party of white supremacy,' she said during a virtual foreign policy event hosted by the
'You saw the symbols of Holocaust denial, for example, at the Capitol that day; you saw the Confederate flag being carried through the rotunda, and I think we as Republicans in particular, have a duty and an obligation to stand against that, to stand against insurrection.'
Republican lawmakers 'who take our oaths and obligations seriously,' Cheney said, 'will steer our party and our nation into the future. We will right the unforgivable wrongs of Jan. 6.'
In contrast, Rep. Steve Scalise, a fellow member of House Republican Leadership, refused to say on Sunday the election was not stolen.
'You're going to ignore the fact that there were states that did not follow their own state legislatively set laws, that's the issue at heart, that millions of people still are not happy with and don't want to see happen again,' he told ABC's 'This Week.'
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"First they outlaw Dr. Seuss, and now they want to tell us what to say," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said.McCarthy made the remarks from the House floor while speaking against H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a voting rights bill introduced by Democrats. The company that owns the rights to works by Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, had announced on the same day that six of the children's books would not be republished due to racist images, but the books were not outlawed and Democrats were not involved in the decision.