Is it time for Liz Cheney to go?
Axios reports they’ve reviewed a recording of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on a hot mic telling Fox & Friends’ co-host Steve Doocy that he’s “lost confidence” in Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY). She currently serves as the House Republican Conference Chair, the third highest ranking position in GOP leadership.
On the tape, McCarthy can be heard saying, “I think she’s got real problems. 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.” He is referring to a vote among members of the Republican caucus to remove Cheney from her leadership position.
The two have been at odds since Cheney blamed former President Donald Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and voted for his impeachment.
During the interview that followed, McCarthy said there was concern among conference members “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,”
McCarthy explained that they are more concerned with “what’s our best step forward that we could all work together instead of attacking one another.”
Axios spoke to Cheney’s spokesperson, Jeremy Adler, who said, “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.”
On Monday, Trump put out a statement which said, “The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!”
Cheney immediately took to Twitter to condemn the statement:
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.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 3, 2021
To say the least, many members of the House Republican conference feel as if there’s a traitor in their midst.
Last Friday, Axios interviewed Republican Reps. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the minority whip and the second highest ranking GOP member, and Jim Banks of Indiana.
Banks told Axios that “Cheney’s continued criticisms [of Trump] are an unwelcome distraction.” He also indicated she may lose her leadership role in the party.
Scalise said, “This idea that you just disregard President Trump is not where we are, and, frankly, he has a lot to offer still.”
When I think of Liz Cheney, I think of that great phrase from an old Spiro Agnew speech. She’s a “nattering nabob of negativism.” She seems much older than her years – and not in a good way. She’s always sniping and never cracks a smile.
According to The Hill, Cheney reportedly doubled down on her criticism of Trump at the Republican retreat held last weekend in Florida.
Someone needs to tell her that, given the choice between Trump and Liz Cheney, we’d choose Trump every time.
For all of those Liz Cheney fans out there, don’t worry. She still hasn’t ruled out a 2024 run for the White House!