Politics National Review editors defend Cheney from party attacks
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.
Prominent conservative outlet National Review's editors Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from attacks by those in the Republican Party in an op-ed published on Wednesday.
"Indeed, Cheney is being accused of distracting from the fight against Biden when some Trump supporters have displayed more passion about taking her out than opposing Biden's $6 trillion agenda. If Cheney's enemies think we should be talking about Biden and not Trump, they've certainly picked a funny way to show it," the editors wrote.
Cheney, the House Republican Conference chairwoman, is in danger of losing her spot as the third most powerful Republican in the lower chamber, with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) now supporting efforts to remove her from the seat.
GOP leader McCarthy says Republicans concerned Cheney can't 'carry out the job'
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy acknowledged there is a growing number of Republicans within the conference that are taking issue with Rep. Liz Cheney. "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," McCarthy said on Fox News.
Many are saying that Cheney is no longer representing the party correctly as she has been speaking out against former President Trump and the election fraud conspiracy theories he continues to peddle.
"It's also worth noting that Cheney is not in danger because she is a RINO [Republican in Name Only] who has broken with the party on policy. She has maintained an overwhelmingly conservative voting record and, while noninterventionists may object to her hawkishness, that does not explain the movement to oust her," the editors wrote.
NR's editors contend that Cheney's comments about Trump and the election haven't been controversial and the issue is that "Republicans consider her obviously true statements to be controversial."
Cheney's likely successor would be Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), whom Trump himself has said would be a good choice to take Cheney's position.
"But unlike Cheney, Stefanik stood with Trump by peddling his mendacious claims and voting against certification of President Biden's Electoral College victory," the editors wrote.
The Wall Street Journal's editorial board also an op-ed that defended Cheney and said voting her out would "diminish the party."
Liz Cheney is no defender of democracy: She and her party created a monster .
Don't get suckered by the friendly fascist: Liz Cheney and the GOP have been building Trumpism for decades Donald Trump, Liz Cheney and Mitch McConnell Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images