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Politics McCarthy says Republicans are concerned Cheney can't 'carry out the job,' a sign of her waning support in the House

19:01  04 may  2021
19:01  04 may  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

Trump, GOP Leaders, and Even Liz Cheney Allies Say She Is a 'Dead Woman Walking'

  Trump, GOP Leaders, and Even Liz Cheney Allies Say She Is a 'Dead Woman Walking' As House Republicans prepare to purge current conference chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) from leadership, former President Donald Trump’s pals on Capitol Hill have been keeping him posted on the efforts to demote her—and the ex-president has been assured that Cheney will be punished by her colleagues as soon as next week. In recent days, Trump has been on the phone with several key allies in the House GOP conference, asking for updates on the Cheney situation, as well as on whether there will indeed be a vote to remove her from her leadership post, according to two sources with knowledge of the calls.

Kevin McCarthy wearing a suit and tie: House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, right, listens to Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming at a Republican press conference. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images © Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, right, listens to Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming at a Republican press conference. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
  • Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday offered a notable sign about the future of Liz Cheney in GOP leadership.
  • McCarthy told Fox News that Cheney may not be able to "carry out the job as conference chair."
  • Cheney is under pressure from the right for challenging Donald Trump on his election fraud lies.
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday began to break from his neutral stance on the growing desire within the GOP to oust Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming from her leadership post.

Allies of GOP leader vow to oust Liz Cheney

  Allies of GOP leader vow to oust Liz Cheney Top allies of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) are vowing to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), one of the harshest critics of former President Trump in either party, from her leadership post by the end of the month.They argue that the No. 3 Republican has repeatedly contradicted McCarthy and his team, undermining the party's message and its efforts to take back the House majority in next year's midterm elections."There is no wayThey argue that the No. 3 Republican has repeatedly contradicted McCarthy and his team, undermining the party's message and its efforts to take back the House majority in next year's midterm elections.

Cheney serves as caucus chair, the third-highest position in House Republican leadership.

The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney has been under pressure from the pro-Trump wing of the caucus for voting to impeach former President Donald Trump following the January 6 Capitol insurrection in addition to refuting his lies about the 2020 election being stolen.

McCarthy has so far largely dodged questions about Cheney's leadership post, but his appearance on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday morning marked a notable shift.

"There's no concern about how she voted on impeachment, that decision has been made," McCarthy said to start off.

"I have heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair, to carry out the message," he continued. "We all need to be working as one if we're able to win the majority [in the 2022 midterm elections]."

Fractures in GOP on display as Liz Cheney faces criticism

  Fractures in GOP on display as Liz Cheney faces criticism House Conference Chairwoman Rep. Liz Cheney is once again facing the ire of her colleagues and GOP voters, laying bare the ongoing and internal divisions within the GOP about how Republicans should move forward in the wake of former President Donald Trump. © Erin Schaff/Pool/Getty Images Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) attends a congressional tribute to the late Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick who lies in honor in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on February 3, 2021 in Washington, DC. Officer Sicknick died as a result of injuries he sustained during the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The night before he came on Fox News, McCarthy was skewered by primetime host Tucker Carlson for being a hypocritical GOP leader who lacks credibility.

"Kevin McCarthy's real crime is mocking his voters," Carlson said on Monday night. "Kevin McCarthy promises Republicans he shares their values. He tells them he's on their side."

Carlson went after McCarthy for renting a room from veteran pollster and consultant Frank Luntz, decrying McCarthy as another out-of-touch elite who listens to Luntz and his focus groups on vaccine hesitancy, "but they don't listen to you."

"He says that he will fight for them against permanent Washington - the forces that would like to destroy their lives," Carlson said of McCarthy. "Voters believe Kevin McCarthy when he says this. They send him back to office every two years. They send him money. And at the end of the day, Kevin McCarthy goes home to Frank Luntz's apartment in Penn Quarter, and he laughs about it."

McCarthy's subsequent about-face shows the continued influence of the right-wing of the Republican Party, particularly the exceedingly pro-Trump House Freedom Caucus.

Former House Speaker John Boehner dedicated parts of his recent memoir to his struggles with the House Freedom Caucus, recalling one occasion where he told former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that he could not be a "dictator" as speaker because of how rogue this particular group was.

"If I were a dictator, do you think I'd let all these members get away with screwing me over all the time?" Boehner wrote. "Hell no!"

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Mitt Romney Praises Liz Cheney for 'Refusing to Lie,' Offers GOP Support .
Utah senator comes to Wyoming representative's defense after she is scrutinized by fellow GOP members for calling Trump's baseless claims about the 2020 presidential election "the big lie.""Every person of conscience draws a line beyond which they will not go: Liz Cheney refuses to lie," Romney wrote in a tweet Tuesday afternoon. "As one of my Republican Senate colleagues said to me following my impeachment vote: 'I wouldn't want to be a member of a group that punished someone for following their conscience.

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