“We have seen the danger he continues to cause with his language,” Cheney told reporters after Wednesday’s closed-door vote. “We saw his lack of commitment and dedication to the constitution. And I think it’s very important that we make sure that whoever we elect is someone who will be loyal to the constitution.
Trump has shown little indication that he has accepted his loss to Biden was legitimate, and many supporters of the former president have written down his lies about last year’s election.
On Tuesday evening, Trump released a statement touting a proposed voter identification requirement in the UK, adding that the US should adopt something similar “so that we are never election rigged and stolen again.” .
McCarthy and others have argued that Cheney has become a distraction and an obstacle to party unity, especially since Role # 3 is responsible for GOP messaging, among other tasks.
“Every day spent questioning the past is one less day we need to grasp the future,” McCarthy wrote in a letter to fellow Republicans ahead of the vote. “If we are to succeed in preventing the radical democratic agenda from destroying our country, these internal conflicts must be resolved so as not to undermine the efforts of our collective team.
The Minority Leader is keenly interested in taking back the president’s hammer and sees Trump’s continued support as key to Republicans’ victory in the mid-term of 2022. As such, McCarthy has embraced gambits such as opposing to certifying Biden’s two-state victory – a move seen as an attempt to undo Trump’s loss and appeal to the former president – while denying that this delegitimizes Biden.
“I think it’s over,” McCarthy said outside the White House. “We are sitting here with the president today.”