Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) said Sunday that Rep. Liz Cheney’s loss in her Republican primary battle in Wyoming against a Trump-backed opponent last week reveals a “huge disconnect” between what Americans want and what politicians prioritize during their tenure.
Barr told NBC’s “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd that Republicans are no longer concerned about the 2020 election or what happened on January 6, 2021, which was evident in the main results of Cheney.
“These congressional seats don’t belong to politicians in Washington,” Barr said. “These seats belong to the American people. And there is a huge, huge disconnect between the priorities of politicians in Washington and the concerns of the American people. »
Cheney (R-Wyo.), who voted to impeach former President Trump and is one of only two Republicans to serve on the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 riots on Capitol Hill, was beaten by double-digit percentage points last Tuesday by Harriet Hageman, who endorsed Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
Despite the loss, Cheney remained feisty and adamant that her most important job as an elected official was to highlight Trump’s role in the attack on the Capitol and his false claims that the election was stolen. She remains determined to counter Trump’s influence in the GOP and is even considering potentially running for the White House.
Still, Trump retains a grip on the Republican Party, with many of his candidates winning primaries this year and a majority of his GOP opponents retiring or losing key primary battles.
Republicans continue to have a favorable view of Trump while sixty-nine percent of the nation said the country should move on from attacking the Capitol.
Barr said Sunday that as the midterm elections approached, Republicans were going to clinch seats because they were “laser focused on what really matters to the American people.”
“They talk about not being able to afford to put food on the table, to put gas in their trucks,” he said. “That’s what worries the American people. And politicians who are obsessed with the past are out of touch with the American people. »
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