House Republican Rep. Cheney is up for losing her leadership position for saying out loud the FACT that Donald Trump lost the election ‘fair and square’…
Senate Minority Leader Republican Mitch McConnell has said the exact SAME THING….
NOBODY is gonna vote him out of his leadership spot….
More vocally now are Grand ole’ Party WOMEN who question why Cheney is being held to different standard by House party leader McCarthy and yes, Trump….
Is this causing another fault line within the Republicans?
The pushback arrives as House Republicans — pressured by Trump and dismayed by Cheney’s rebukes of him — are charging ahead with plans to oust her as the head of the party conference. Because Cheney is the only woman in the top tiers of leadership, the emerging consensus is to replace her with another woman: Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), a former moderate who veered hard right during Trump’s tenure to become on of his most vocal supporters.
The power shuffle has been endorsed by the top Republicans, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Minority Whip Steve Scalise (La.), who say they simply can’t keep Cheney in place if she won’t join the rest of leadership in embracing Trump’s message — or at least remaining quiet about it. A party that’s fractured on Trump, they warn, will have longer odds of winning back the House in 2022, when Republicans see a good chance to flip the chamber.
“I have heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair, to carry out the message,” McCarthy told Fox News on Tuesday.
Yet that argument is falling flat with a growing list of GOP women, former lawmakers and even the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal, which warned this week that “purging” Cheney for calling out Trump’s lies about the election outcome “would diminish the party” and hurt its prospects in 2022….
McCain, the daughter of the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), berated Trump as “Cheeto Jesus” and warned Republicans that ousting Cheney would “bloodlet” from the GOP college-educated and suburban women voters who will be crucial to winning back power.
“It’s the most asinine politics I have seen in a really, really long time. … And if you do this … I promise you there will be consequences,” McCain continued in her more than two-minute rant. “So go ahead — go ahead in this sausage-fest of MAGA up on Capitol Hill. Pull her out and put another woman in who will do and say anything you want for President Trump: ‘The election wasn’t stolen’; ‘He’s Jesus’; ‘It’s only Trumpism going forward.’
“See where this lands us in midterms.”
Democrats are hoping such premonitions ring true — and are highlighting the Cheney saga to call attention to the GOP infighting.