McCarthy picks her way over Cheney: try to kick her out of Congress

“I look forward to serving with Harriet for years to come,” he added. A spokesperson for McCarthy confirmed his intention to support Hageman.

In response, a Cheney spokesperson took aim at Hageman.

“Wow, she must be really desperate,” spokesman Jeremy Adler said in a statement.

McCarthy’s endorsement comes weeks after the Republican National Committee moved to censure Cheney and the incumbent Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), who both voted to impeach former President Donald Trump and were later tapped to serve on the Jan. 6 select committee by the president Nancy Pelosi.

The ongoing fight between McCarthy and Cheney (R-Wyo.) Illustrated a larger battle between the two wings of the House GOP: those who chose to re-embrace Trump weeks after the Jan. 6 attack and the smaller minority of Republicans who want to pass the former president. Cheney and Kinzinger are a solid part of that small group while a majority of House Republicans rallied behind Trump after the attack, arguing that he is still widely seen as the leader of the party.

Cheney was the top House Republican who voted to impeach Trump after the insurgency, serving as GOP conference chairman at the time. But rather than vote and shut up, as some of the other 10 House GOP members did, Cheney continued to vocally criticize Trump’s actions and baseless claims of a stolen election. McCarthy and the rest of the party eventually ousted her from the No. 3 role in the House conference.

The bad blood only grew from there. The move encouraged Cheney to repeatedly hit out at the House Minority Leader, and McCarthy remained silent as his party chose to ostracize — and for some, publicly berate — the Wyoming Republican.

Bitter tensions resurfaced last month after the Jan. 6 panel asked McCarthy to voluntarily testify about his communications with Trump on the day of the attack, with Republicans directing much of their anger at Cheney at the time. . The GOP leader later said he would not cooperate with the request.

Some Republicans believe McCarthy’s actions against Cheney — or silence when the party moves to punish her — undermine her assertion that the GOP is a “big tent” party that welcomes Republicans from across the ideological spectrum.

representing Tom Rice (RS.C.), who also voted to impeach Trump, highlighted last month how McCarthy was urging the conference to show up on the court as a team just days after the RNC’s vote to censure Cheney and Kinzinger, which he ultimately did not condemn. .

“It’s one thing to say you’re going to be a big tent party and all that, and then actually do it,” Rice said.

But other Republicans, especially in the pro-Trump wing of the party, will celebrate McCarthy’s latest decision.

“Kevin did the right thing,” said Rep. Ralph Norman (RS.C.), a member of the House Freedom Caucus, calling it “good news.” “Cheney has long since left the Republican Party and aligned herself with the Socialist Democratic Party.”


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