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Liz Cheney says House GOP chaos is ‘direct result’ of Kevin McCarthy-Donald Trump alliance


Former Republican Representative Liz Cheney declared the spell of disorder that gripped the House of Representatives as it the party fails to elect a new presidentwhich essentially stalls business in Congress, “is a direct result” of Kevin McCarthy’s alliance with former President Donald Trump.

“I think what you’re seeing right now and among Republicans in the House is a direct result of the decisions made by Kevin McCarthy to accept Donald Trump, to accept the most radical and extremist members of our party, who raise,” he added. Cheney said during an appearance on “Face the Nation” Sunday. “So it’s not a surprise that we are here, but it is a shame and an embarrassment.”

The House has been without a president since October 3, when McCarthy was ousted in historic vote, this is the first time in history that a speaker has been removed during a vote. The party first named Majority Leader Steve Scalise to succeed McCarthy, but within a few days, Scalise withdrew his name of consideration.

House Republicans last week then named Representative Jim Jordanwho never ceased to question the 2020 election results as late as Friday and who has been a close ally of Trump, to be the next speaker. But the GOP abandoned him as a candidate Friday after he failed to get enough 217 votes in three House runoffs, and now nine Republicans threw out their names to become the next speaker.

A Republican who represented Wyoming’s at-large congressional district in the House from 2017 to 2023 and a vocal critic of the former president after the January 6, 2021 attack on the US CapitolCheney held the third-ranking leadership position among House Republicans as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, for two years of her term, between 2019 and 2021. After being removed from her leadership position by McCarthy, Cheney lost a primary to a Trump-backed Republican.

Liz Cheney, former GOP representative, on “Face the Nation,” October 22, 2023.

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But Cheney indicated she was not done with politics, and rumors swirled that she could potentially enter the race for the Republican nomination for president.

While not directly addressing the presidential race, Cheney told “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan on Sunday that she would continue to “focus a lot on making sure that we elect serious people at all levels”.

As for disorganized effort to elect a new House speaker, Cheney said “there are certainly serious people among the Republicans” who could fit the job, and she said she thought it was important that Republicans find a candidate who will not attempt to deny election results and who will support continued aid to Ukraine despite the Russian invasion.

Should aid to Ukraine be grouped with aid to Israel – depending on a request for 10 billion dollars of President Joe Biden in Congress last week, citing U.S. national security interests — has divided Republican lawmakers in the House, as has the decision over the nominee to replace McCarthy as president. since he was ousted in a historic vote of no confidence last month. The vote to impeach him is part of a far-right revolt within the House, as more extreme members of the Republican Party object to McCarthy’s reliance on Democrats to pass a bill funding bill aimed at averting an imminent government shutdown.

Cheney also addressed domestic threats made in recent weeks against federal lawmakers, most of whom are Republicans, although some are also Democrats.

“The domestic threats are absolutely driven by Donald Trump and, unfortunately, by some of his supporters who, in fact, encouraged and took actions that resulted, as we saw on January 6, in political violence,” she said, citing the death of Donald Trump. threats that Republican lawmakers say they received as Jordan tried to convince holdouts against him to overturn their votes.

“One of them told me that in response, Congressman (Warren) Davidson said, ‘Well, it’s not Jim Jordan’s fault. It’s your fault that you voted against him,’” Cheney said. “This is the kind of encouragement and acceptance of violence that has absolutely no place in this party and should have no place in our country.”


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