(USA Features) House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy suggested Tuesday that most Republicans are less concerned about Rep. Liz Cheney’s vote to impeach President Donald Trump than they are about her ability to “carry out” the party’s policy messaging moving forward after criticizing the former president.
The California Republican’s comments during an interview with “Fox & Friends” Tuesday regarding the current House Republican Conference Chair from Wyoming come as the party gears up to try and retake the chamber during the 2022 midterms.
“There’s no concern about how she voted on impeachment. That decision has been made,” McCarthy said, adding that he’s hearing “from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair, to carry out the message.”
“We all need to be working as one if we’re able to win the majority,” he said. “Remember, majorities are not given, they are earned. And that’s about the message about going forward.”
Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, has been unusually critical of Trump and the large faction of GOP members who support him. She was also one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach him a second time.
In April, Cheney suggested that Trump wasn’t really the GOP’s future, adding last week that Republican senators who challenged electoral results in several states in January should be barred from running for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024.
“I think we have a huge number of interesting candidates, but I think that we’re going to be in a good position to be able to take the White House. I do think that some of our candidates who led the charge, particularly the senators who led the unconstitutional charge, not to certify the election, you know, in my view, that’s disqualifying,” she told the New York Post.
That said, Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Texas, an ally of Trump, wrote on Twitter Saturday he believes that Cheney is on her way out as conference chairperson.
“Liz Cheney has promised she will campaign on impeaching Trump ‘every day of the week.’ Good luck with that, Liz! PREDICTION: she’ll be out of her GOP leadership role by month’s end,” he wrote.
On Monday, Trump himself weighed in on Cheney’s political future.
“Heartwarming to read new polls on big-shot warmonger Liz Cheney of the great State of Wyoming,” Trump said in a statement.
“She is so low that her only chance would be if vast numbers of people run against her which, hopefully, won’t happen. They never liked her much, but I say she’ll never run in a Wyoming election again!” he added.