Politics McCarthy caught saying ‘I’ve had it’ with Cheney in alleged hot mic moment
McCarthy won't say if Liz Cheney is still a 'good fit' for GOP leadership: 'That's a question for the conference'
"There's a responsibility, if you're gonna be in leadership, leaders eat last," McCarthy told Politico.Cheney voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for his role in the January 6 Capitol riot and has been an outspoken opponent of Trump's continued influence within the party, which has caused a rift among House Republicans.
House Minority Leaderwas reportedly caught bashing party conference chair in an alleged hot mic moment.
"I think she's got real problems," McCarthy told Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy off-air before his Tuesday morning interview moments later, according to. "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."
During the interview, the California Republican said members of his caucus are “” about her ability to “carry out the message,” given her ongoing feud with former President Donald Trump.
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.
"I have heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair, to carry out the message," McCarthy said. "We all need to be working as one if we're able to win the majority. Remember, majorities are not given, they are earned."
Cheney has been on thin ice within the Republican caucus since she became one of the 10who voted to impeach Trump a second time for his role in the Capitol riot.
“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," Jeremy Adler, a Cheney spokesman, told the Washington Examiner in response to McCarthy's interview. "That is the issue.”
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 and Trump’s continued sparring has created waves in recent days.
On Monday, the former president tried to, "The Big Lie," a line which many critics of Trump have used to dub the fallout of post-presidential election unproven conspiracy theories and legal challenges, but she quickly pushed back.
"The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!" Trump said on Monday, while less than an hour later, Cheney responded, “The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system."
Cheneythe attempt to oust her from leadership in February.
McCarthy's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
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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.