Politics GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy not sure Rep. Liz Cheney can ‘carry out the job’
How Democrats Learned to Love the Cheneys
Is Cheney's dissent conviction or calculation?This metamorphosis—lampooned as “strange new respect” by journalist Tom Bethell in 1992 as the liberal journalist’s instinct to overpraise any leftward gesture by a right-wing politician—can be accomplished any number of ways. In Romney’s case, he achieved his strange new respect in 2020, when he cast his ballot to impeach President Donald Trump. John Bolton won his by publishing a show-and-tell about working for the Trump administration, 2020’s The Room Where It Happened.
House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy Tuesday took his harshest shot yet at GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, suggesting he’s not sure she can “carry out the job.”
McCarthy claimed he’s heard myriad “concerns” about Cheney (R-Wyo.), the No. 3 Republican in the House, from other GOP lawmakers.
“I have heard concerns about her ability to carry out the job ... to carry out the message,” he said on Fox News. “We all need to be working as one.”
"I have heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair, to carry out the message" -- Kevin McCarthy indicates on Fox & Friends that Liz Cheney is likely toast as House Republican Conference Chair
GOP Makes a Choice: Donald Trump Over Liz Cheney
GOP Makes a Choice: Donald Trump Over Liz CheneyWhen Liz Cheney voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump back in January, her fellow Republicans were able to set that aside as a vote of conscience. Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House and a mainstay of conservative politics for decades, told her colleagues that she’d never apologize for sticking with her convictions. Even her critics admired the swagger. The attempt to remove her from the post failed by a 61-to-145 margin. If that’s what Cheney believed to be true, so be it.— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar)
The GOP leader asserted that the rank-and-file anger over Cheney has nothing to do with her vote to impeach former President Trump.
“It’s not about impeachment,” he said. “That decision has been made.”
The remarks suggest Cheney could be in for a rocky road ahead, especially if pro-Trump lawmakers force a new vote on whether she should remain in the Republican leadership.
Cheney easily turned aside an effort to oust her several months ago, with the help of McCarthy and his establishment allies.
Rep. Liz Cheney and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
McCarthy once criticized Trump for his role in inciting an angry crowd of supporters to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6. But since President Biden took over, he has returned to supporting the ex-president.
Cheney, on the other hand, has stuck to her guns on Trump for months, insisting that he should play no role in the party after his actions on Jan. 6.
Trump has hit back hard against Cheney, deriding her as a “warmonger” and “loser” who has no chance of holding her seat against any challenger who wins his endorsement.
Cheney isn't fighting McCarthy push to replace her in leadership .
The No. 3 House Republican is prepared to choose her beliefs about the influence of Trump.To the frustration of many fellow Republicans, Cheney has continued to clearly state her positions on Donald Trump's baseless claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent and on the Jan. 6 vote to certify Trump's loss. And Cheney has been telling people that if holding onto her leadership role requires having to lie or stay quiet, she doesn’t believe that’s a price worth paying, according to a source familiar with her thinking.