May 7, 2021

McCarthy Rants that He's "Had It" with Liz Cheney

  • The Hill

By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief: 

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the GOP conference chair, faces possible removal from Republican leadership after accusing many of her Republican colleagues of insurrection and interfering with the democratic process. Although Cheney is an elected Republican congresswoman, her actions have been supportive of the Democratic agenda, particularly through accusing her fellow GOP congressmen of pushing false information regarding the 2020 Presidential Election. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) stated that he has had enough of Cheney’s behavior. 

The Background: 

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) was a rising star in the Republican party, acting as the GOP conference chair. However, attacks against the former President and his supporters in Congress have left her Republican colleagues ready to choose a new U.S. Representative to fill her leadership position. 

Rep. Cheney was one of ten Republicans to vote to impeach Donald Trump. Cheney publicly blamed Trump for the January 6th Capitol riot, and stated that “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.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) stated that House Republicans have gotten fed up with Cheney’s divisive actions. “There’s no concern about how she voted on impeachment. That decision has been made,” McCarthy stated. “I have heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair — to carry out the message.” He added that Republicans needed to unify, and that Cheney was tearing apart the party. McCarthy reportedly said off-mic to a Fox reporter that, “...she’s got real problems. I’ve had it with her.”

Trump stated, “Liz Cheney is a warmongering fool who has no business in Republican Party Leadership,” and endorsed New York Representative Elise Stefanik as her replacement. 

Notable Quotes:

“We all need to be working as one if we’re able to win the majority. Remember, majorities are not given; they are earned.” - House Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)

“We must unify. Liz Cheney is fracturing this movement and allowing the roots of socialism to take hold in the fabric of this Republic. She must go.” - Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC)

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