Politics Kevin McCarthy says colleagues are 'concerned' Liz Cheney can't do job
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.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy gave his biggest signal yet on Tuesday that Liz Cheney's days in the party's leadership are numbered.
He raised questions about her ability to carry out her duties asconference chair and told he's heard from fellow GOP lawmakers they are worried she can't carry out the party's message.
McCarthy indicated that could hurt Republican efforts to retake control of the House in next year's midterm election.
'I have heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair - to carry out the message. We all need to be working as one if we're able to win the majority. Remember, majorities are not given; they are earned. And that's about the message about going forward,' he said on 'Fox & Friends.'
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Cheney's spokesperson shot back, calling on Republicans to speak up against Trump's falsehoods.
'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. Liz will not do that. That is the issue,' said Jeremy Alder.
But McCarthy claimed the internecine battle had nothing to do with Cheney being one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump after the January 6th MAGA riot.
'I haven't heard members concerned about her vote on impeachment. It's more concern about the job ability to do and what's our best step forward that we could all work together instead of attacking one another,' he said on Fox News.
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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.
He listed his priorities to talk about in next year's midterms.
'Combating Joe Biden and what he's done to this border by making it unsecure and what's coming across. Just what he's doing here about small businesses, not opening schools, not getting us back to work, back to health, back to normal. That's the message we should be talking about,' McCarthy said.
The fight over Cheney is part of the wider battle over the role of former President Trump in the Republican Party. She has emerged as one of his fiery critics and has repeatedly challenged his false assertion he won the 2020 presidential election - one of the few Republicans to call him out on it.
Trump, in turn, has given as good as he got, attacking Cheney himself through statements and using surrogates and his son, Donald Trump Jr., to attack her on social media.
But the former president still has a strong and vocal base of MAGA supporters who are expected to be active in next year's primary and general election.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Kevin McCarthy is leading his party to an inflection point, preparing to dump Rep. Liz Cheney from the No. 3 House leadership position and transform what's left of the party of Lincoln more decisively into the party of Trump. The GOP leader argues that ousting Cheney has less to do with her very public criticism of the former president's lies about his 2020 election loss to President Joe Biden than her inability toThe GOP leader argues that ousting Cheney has less to do with her very public criticism of the former president's lies about his 2020 election loss to President Joe Biden than her inability to set aside personal convictions and do her job.
Other Republicans, however, want to move away from Trump's fiery rhetoric and controversial stands.
Several Republicans said Trump should have done more to rein in his supporters who stormed the Capitol on January 6th, leaving five dead and a trail of destruction in their wake.
McCarthy even called him out on the House floor the day, saying Trump bears responsibility for the riot. Trump was impeached for his role but acquitted in the Senate. After that vote, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said the former president was 'practically and morally responsible' for the events.
Trump erupted in fury. McCarthy flew down to Mar-a-Lago, Trump's residence in Palm Beach, to make peace. McConnell and Trump remain at odds.
McCarthy, who wants to be House speaker and will be if the party can flip five seats in 2022, said Trump remains a force in the GOP.
'He could change the whole course of history,' McCarthy told. 'This is the tightest tightrope anyone has to walk.'
McCarthy isn't looking for a GOP Civil War in the House while he tries to become speaker.
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With Cheney and Trump at each other's throats, he and his allies are making it clear she needs to go.
'There is no way that Liz will be conference chair by month's end,' one key McCarthy ally toldon Monday. 'When there is a vote, it won't be a long conference; it will be fast. Everyone knows the outcome.'
McCarthy's allies made it clear their focus is on winning back the House.
'This is a broad range of lawmakers who have had it with her,' a second McCarthy ally said. 'She's a liability, and McCarthy's as fed up as the rest of us that she is focused on the past rather than winning back the House.'
Meanwhile, most of the members of the GOP Conference recognize they can't replace Cheney in leadership with a man.
So the names floating around are Reps. Elise Stefanik of New York, Ann Wagner of Missouri, and Jackie Walorski of Indiana, Axios reports.
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Liz Cheney holds the third-ranking position among House Republicans, a role she was elected for by her fellow Republican members of Congress. Cheney avoided another attempt to remove her from leadership in February just after her vote to impeach Trump and statements blaming him for the riot, but this time around there is more pressure from Republican lawmakers to see her gone. "The House GOP has a massive opportunity to upgrade this week from warmonger Liz Cheney to gifted communicator Elise Stefanik," Trump said in a statement on Tuesday.