Minority House Leader Kevin McCarthy was caught on a burning microphone criticizing Representative Liz Cheney, whose position in the GOP caucus is in jeopardy following repeated criticism from former President Donald Trump.
In the off-air audio of a Fox News appearance on Tuesday morning obtained by Axios, McCarthy could be heard saying to host Steve Doocy of the Wyoming congresswoman, “I think she’s in real trouble.
“I had it with her,” McCarthy said before a “Fox and Friends” interview. “You know, I lost confidence in myself. … Well, somebody just has to make a motion, but I guess it probably will.
Cheney was one of 10 members of the Republican House to vote to impeach Trump for instigating the Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill, which left five people dead. The former president insisted without evidence that the 2020 election was stolen from him and reiterated this position in a statement on Monday. “The fraudulent presidential election of 2020 will, from this day forward, be known as THE BIG LIE!” he said.
Cheney responded on Twitter shortly after Trump’s comments: “The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims this is the case is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their backs on the rule of law and poisoning our democratic system.
During the on-air portion of his Fox News interview, McCarthy said, “I’ve heard from members concerned about his ability to take on the role of conference chair, to carry out the message. We all have to work together if we can win the majority. “
McCarthy said concerns about Cheney were unrelated to his impeachment vote. The California Republican has continued to tie in with Trump since Biden took office, visiting the former president in Florida and declining to discuss the contents of a call between the two that took place on Jan.6.
Cheney survived – with McCarthy’s backing – a previous attempt to oust him from his position as third member of the House GOP conference, but that management support is said to be faltering. Cheney has previously been censored by the Wyoming Republican Party, and staunch allies of Trump, including his son, Donald Trump Jr., and besieged Representative Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., Have participated in anti-Cheney rallies.
“The question is whether the Republican Party is going to perpetuate lies about the 2020 election and attempt to whitewash what happened on January 6,” Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler said in a statement. responding to McCarthy’s comments. “Liz won’t do that. This is the problem. “
Announcing his intention to impeach Trump for his role in promoting violence on January 6, Cheney said, “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath. towards the Constitution.
A new CNN poll found that 70% of Republicans believe Biden did not receive enough votes to legitimately win the November election, and GOP state legislatures used the false belief of fraud they were propagating to propose and pass new laws that make it more difficult. vote.
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