Mitch McConnell: I’m a Great Admirer or Liz Cheney

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This weeks drama in the House of Representatives showed the differences in leadership style between Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell. McCarthy has been completely compromised by Donald Trump.

When the former president first incited the January 6th insurrection, McCarthy called him out. But after the House Minority Leader was called down to Mar-a-Lago, he came back to Washington fully on board with team Trump.

McConnell has largely ignored Trump and acted as if senate Republicans are completely prepared to move on without him. And when the Senate Minority Leader was asked about Liz Cheney, recently punished by McCarthy for bashing Trump, he paid her a nice compliment.

Fox News asked the Kentucky lawmaker if he still felt Cheney was an “important leader in our party and our nation?”

Well, there is no change,” he responded. read more

Cheney Vows to Keep Trump Out of Oval Office After GOP Removes Her from House Leadership

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After House Republicans voted to oust Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from her conference chair position––which effectively made her the third most powerful Republican in the chamber––Cheney vowed to do “everything I can” to keep former President Donald Trump from taking office again.

Cheney was removed for not backing the former president’s falsehoods about the 2020 general election. She issued a defiant statement after the GOP ousted her via voice vote.

“I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again never gets anywhere near the Oval Office,” she said. “We have seen the danger that he continues to provoke with his language. We have seen his lack of commitment and dedication to the Constitution. And I think it’s very important that we make sure whomever we elect is somebody that will be faithful to the Constitution.” 

She also criticized members of her own party for supporting the baseless claim that the election was fraudulent.

“We must go forward based on truth. We cannot both embrace the big lie and embrace the Constitution,” Cheney said. “The nation needs a party that is based upon fundamental principles of conservatism. And I am committed and dedicated to ensuring that that’s how this party goes forward and I plan to lead the fight to do that. We’ve got to get back to a place where we are a party that can fight for conservative principles that can fight for substance. We cannot be dragged backward by the very dangerous lies of a former president.”

Liz Cheney immediately after she was ousted from House leadership: "I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office." pic.twitter.com/mxrPHqtRup read more

No Greater Offense Than Honesty: Former GOP Senator Jeff Flake Pens Scathing Op-Ed Against His Party

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When Donald Trump first took office, there was little Republican resistance against him. There was John McCain of course. There was also push-back from Tennessee’s Bob Corker.

But Jeff Flake was commonly the loudest Republican voice against Trump. The Arizona lawmaker retired in 2018 and has continued to distance himself from the GOP. Flake announced that he was endorsing Joe Biden for president in August of last year.

And the lawmaker has continued to speak out about what’s become of his party. On Tuesday, he wrote a scathing Washington Post op-ed about the treatment of Liz Cheney.

Flake began, “She (Cheney) will lose her position because she is refusing to play her assigned role in propagating the ‘big lie’ that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump. Cheney is more dedicated to the long-term health of our constitutional system than she is to assuaging the former president’s shattered ego, and for her integrity she may well pay with her career.”

The former senator continued, “No, this is not the plot of a movie set in an asylum. Ladies and gentlemen, this is your contemporary Republican Party, where today there is no greater offense than honesty.”

"It is elementary to have to say this, but we did not become a great nation by believing or espousing nonsense, or by embracing lunacy. And if my party continues down this path, we will not be fit to govern."https://t.co/1Qz8QOuYfX read more

GOP Rep. Chip Roy Blasts Elise Stefanik For Not Being Conservative Enough

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The Republican party is nowadays, the party of Donald Trump and white grievance. And if anyone speaks out against Trump’s ideals, they need to be punished immediately.

The latest member on the firing squad is Liz Cheney. While Cheney can’t lose her job as a congresswoman, GOP Reps. will soon remove her from her leadership position. And Trump’s pick for the new Chair of the House Republican Conference is Elise Stefanik.

According to those in the know, Stefanik has the votes to become the next chair. That does not mean, however, that all House Republicans are behind her. On Tuesday, Chip Roy (R-TX) wrote a memo slamming the New York congresswoman.

The Texas lawmaker sent a message to colleagues that read, “

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Joni Ernst Sticks Up for Liz Cheney, Accuses GOP Colleagues of Trying to Cancel Her

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Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell have very different leadership styles. Since Trump left office in January, McConnell and Republican senators have barely mentioned him (outside of lap-dog Lindsey Graham). Kevin McCarthy and GOP congresspeople, however, mention Trump every chance they get.

And there is also a big difference in how GOP senators and congresspeople are treating the issue of Liz Cheney. Most Reps. have been more than willing to throw Cheney under the bus, happy to see her punished for his disloyalty to Trump. But on Monday, one of the most prominent Republicans in the senate came to the Wyoming congresswoman’s defense.

Joni Ernst told reporters, “I think it’s important that we not all be typecast as, you know, this opinion is OK to express, but this is not. I think we all have our own things that we want to talk about and express. I think that’s Ok, but at the end of the day we’ve got to come together as Republicans.”

GOP Sen Joni Ernst stands up for Liz Cheney:

“I feel it's okay to go ahead and express what you feel is right to express and, you know, cancel culture is cancel culture, no matter how you look at it.” read more

McCarthy Announces GOP Will Vote on Whether to Oust Liz Cheney on Wednesday

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In a letter to lawmakers, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced that House Republicans would vote on whether to oust Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) this Wednesday.

“This is no time to take our eye off the ball. If we are to succeed in stopping the radical Democrat agenda from destroying our country, these internal conflicts need to be resolved so as not to detract from the efforts of our collective team,” McCarthy wrote. “Having heard from so many of you in recent days, it’s clear that we need to make a change. As such, you should anticipate a vote on recalling the Conference Chair this Wednesday.

The contents of the letter were first reported by Punchbowl News.

🚨🚨 BREAKING: @GOPLeader has sent a letter about recalling @Liz_Cheney.

"Having heard from so many of you in recent days, it’s clear that we need to make a change. As such, you should anticipate a vote on recalling the Conference Chair this Wednesday.” pic.twitter.com/P0Euyl2wM3 read more

Report: Trump Wants Elise Stefanik to Replace Cheney But His Supporters Hate Her

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There’s a reason why Donald Trump has remained the most powerful figure in the Republican party and it has nothing to do with his political ability. It has to do with the former President’s rabid group of supporters and their willingness to do anything he tells them to.

So when Trump said he wanted Elise Stefanik to take Liz Cheney’s leadership position in Congress, it was expected MAGA world would fall in line. But they haven’t done so. In fact, there was significant push-back today to the idea of Stefanik become the next Chair of the House Republican Conference.

Lou Dobbs, the former Fox host who recently lost his job, sent out an article which attacked Stefanik. He captioned the message, “RINO Games Destroying the GOP: Elise Stefanik, GOP conference chair favorite, voted with Trump less than Liz Cheney.”

The idea of Stefanik was also criticized by Trump worlders like Ann Coulter, Raheem Kassam and former Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis.

Like many others, the Columbia Bugle, a pro-Trump Twitter account, cited Stefanik’s voting record and tweeted, “Replacing Cheney with Stefanik is just replacing an America Last Republican with a slightly less annoying America Last Republican.”

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WATCH: Meghan McCain Says Women Will Continue to Bolt the GOP if They Oust Liz Cheney

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Meghan McCain‘s father John McCain was one of the most revered Republicans of his day. He was often referred to as a Maverick due to his willingness to buck the party line.

Liz Cheney attempted to be a post-Trump maverick back in January of this year. And for voting her conscience, she has been pilloried by the Republican party.

During Wednesday’s episode of The View, McCain’s daughter Meghan warned of consequences for the GOP if they remove Cheney from power within their party.

The host vowed that women voters will notice how Cheney was treated. “The message that’s being sent by the highest member of Republicans in Congress is that women like me and Liz Cheney, who refuse to bend the knee to President Trump but still remain loyal Republicans — we don’t have a place in this party.”

.@MeghanMcCain: “The message that’s being sent by the highest member of Republicans in Congress is that women like me and Liz Cheney, who refuse to bend the knee to President Trump but still remain loyal Republicans — we don’t have a place in this party.” pic.twitter.com/pe0aE0p5nD read more

Joe Biden Laments Disarray in the GOP Ranks, “We Badly Need a Republican Party”

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When Donald Trump was running for President in 2016, Lindsey Graham famously said, “If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed and we will deserve it.”

Graham seems to have been right in his prediction, it just took half a decade. The GOP is currently roiled in extreme in-fighting. You are either a Donald Trump loyalist, or you are no longer a Republican. Just ask Liz Cheney.

Joe Biden was asked about the disarray today during a presser. When asked about the Cheney situation, he responded, “[the GOP is]trying to identify what it stands for.” He continued by saying the fighting is, “significant sort of mini-revolution going on. I’ve been a Democrat for a long time. We’ve gone through periods where we’ve had internal fights and disagreements. I don’t ever remember any like this.”

The President continued:

As one of your said on national television last night, we badly need a Republican party. We need a two-party system. It’s not healthy to have a one-party system. And I think the Republicans are further away from trying to figure out who they are and what they stand for than I thought they would be at this point.”

“They’re in the midst of a significant, sort of, mini-revolution going on in the Republican Party," Pres. Biden says.

“I think the Republicans are further away from trying to figure out who they are and what they stand for than I thought they would be at this point.” pic.twitter.com/IAbxzyDDBw read more

McConnell Indicates He Has No Intention of Protecting Liz Cheney as the GOP Eat Their Own

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appeared to try and distance himself from the controversy surrounding efforts by Republicans to oust Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) because she has refused to back former President Donald Trump’s falsehoods about the 2020 general election.

McConnell, when asked if he would help Cheney keep her position as conference chair, said that “100 percent of my focus is on stopping this new administration.” 

He also made a jab at Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), saying, “I think the best way to look at what this new administration—the president may have won the nomination, but Bernie Sanders won the argument,” a coded message that he believes the Biden administration  is “socialist.”

“What we have in the United States Senate is total unity from Susan Collins to Ted Cruz in opposition to what the new Biden administration is trying to do to this country,” he added.

Trump attacked McConnell and other Republicans earlier this morning; in a statement, he referred to McConnell as “gutless and clueless” while continuing to espouse fictions about the 2020 election result.

‘Had Mike Pence referred the information on six states (only need two) back to State Legislatures, and had gutless and clueless MINORITY Leader Mitch McConnell (he blew two seats in Georgia that should have never been lost) fought to expose all of the corruption that was presented at the time, with more found since, we would have had a far different Presidential result, and our Country would not be turning into a socialist nightmare! Never give up!” he said. read more

Biden on Republican Efforts to Oust Liz Cheney: “I Don’t Understand the Republicans”

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President Joe Biden had a very simple response when asked about efforts by House Republicans to oust Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) because she has refused to back former President Donald Trump’s falsehoods about the 2020 general election.

“I don’t understand the Republicans,” Biden told reporters as he exited Taqueria Las Gemelas, a restaurant located in Northeast D.C. at Union Market that has benefited from a restaurant assistance program included in the American Rescue Plan.

Q: "What did you get?"

President Biden: "Tacos and some enchiladas."

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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer: Liz Cheney’s Crime is “She Believes in the Truth”

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Speaking to reporters, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) threw his support behind Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), whose Republican colleagues are trying to oust her from her conference chair position because she has refused to back former President Donald Trump’s falsehoods about the 2020 general election.

“I think Liz Cheney’s greatest offense apparently is she is principled and she believes in the truth,” Hoyer said during an appearance on The Washington Post’s Post Live. “She’s obviously a very conservative Republican from the state of Wyoming, so it’s not a question of ideology. It’s a question of cult of personality — that if you’re not 1,000 percent with Donald Trump, somehow you’re not a good Republican, you’re not worthy of being in leadership.”

“I think it’s a real weakness in the Republican Party that they have jettisoned their principles, jettisoned adherence to the truth and simply pandered to one individual: Donald Trump, who I would suggest was a terrible U.S. president who had no respect for the truth,” Hoyer added. read more

Former GOP Representative Barbara Comstock Urges Female Republicans Not to Become “Handmaidens” for the Party

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Former Republican representative Barbara Comstock, who once represented the state of Virginia, defended Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) amid a push within the party to oust her from her position as conference chair because she called out former President Donald Trump for his baseless falsehoods about the 2020 general election.

Comstock urged female Republicans not to become “handmaids” for the party, a reference to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The novel––which was adapted into a 1990 film and a critically acclaimed Hulu series that debuted in 2017––tells the story of a woman who is forced into sexual slavery and forced to birth children under a totalitarian dictatorship that is experiencing a fertility crisis.

“All Liz Cheney did is say what Attorney General Bill Barr said, that there wasn’t election fraud. She would not embrace the big lie,” Comstock said in remarks to CNN‘s “New Day.”

“I think this is a mistake. It’s a bad message,” she added. “I say ‘whoa’ to any woman who wants to be a handmaiden to this and to get a leadership spot on the heels of really something that is unseemly. To embrace the big lie.”

You can watch Comstock’s interview below.

JUST NOW: "I say 'whoa' to any woman who wants to be a handmaiden to this & to get a leadership spot on the heels of really something that is unseemly. To embrace the big lie."

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Pelosi Mocks GOP Leadership with “Help Wanted” Ad As They Continue to Attack Liz Cheney

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) mocked House GOP leadership with a “help wanted” ad as they, led by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), continue to attack Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) for refusing to back former President Donald Trump’s fictions about the 2020 general election.

“Word is out that House GOP leaders are looking to push Rep. Liz Cheney from her post as House Republican Conference Chair – their most senior woman in GOP leadership – for a litany of very Republican reasons: she won’t lie, she isn’t humble enough, she’s like a girlfriend rooting for the wrong team, and more,” the ad reads, referring to criticism of Cheney from Republican males.

“So what exactly are House GOP Leaders looking for in a #3? Punchbowl AM got the scoop and, well, it’s not surprising… they want a woman who isn’t a ‘threat’ to them,” the statement continued. read more

Liz Cheney Continues Her Break with GOP and Pushes Back Against Trump’s Bogus Election Fraud Claims

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Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) pushed back against former President Donald Trump’s falsehoods about the 2020 general election after Trump issued a statement this morning, more than three months after President Joe Biden took office, calling Biden’s victory “the big lie.”

“The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!” Trump said in the statement.

Cheney responded shortly afterward with a statement of her own affirming that the 2020 general election “was not stolen.”

“Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system,” she wrote.

The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.

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Donald Trump Jr. is Furious That Liz Cheney Fist Bumped Joe Biden Last Night

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Joe Biden is known as an especially kind and affable person. And the current President  served in the United States senate for decades. Over that time period he made plenty of friends on both sides of the aisle.

So after Biden gave his 100 day speech on Wednesday night, he was congratulated by Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike. But before Biden even got to the stage, he received an encouraging fist bump from Liz Cheney.

The Wyoming congresswoman has had a target on her back since she chose to impeach Donald Trump for inciting the January 6th insurrection. Donald Trump has already promised to back a primary challenge against her in 2022.

So it’s not surprise that the President’s sycophantic son, Donald Jr., was irate over Cheney’s choice to fist bump Biden.

Trump Jr. took to Twitter to write, “‘Republican’ warmonger Liz Cheney gives Sleepy Joe a fist bump after he delivered a radical socialist vision for the future of America. So glad she’s in the GOP leadership, I guess they wanted to be more inclusive and put Democrats in there too?!?”

“Republican” warmonger Liz Cheney gives Sleepy Joe a fist bump after he delivered a radical socialist vision for the future of America. So glad she’s in the GOP leadership, I guess they wanted to be more inclusive and put Democrats in there too?!? pic.twitter.com/T1qke3TO5b read more

Liz Cheney Says Events of January 6th Should Disqualify Some Republicans From Running for President

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Now that Donald Trump is out of office, many members of the GOP are focused on making sure the worst aspects of his presidency are forgotten about. They want to keep in the good graces of his voters, of course, but they also want to move the party forward.

A select few Republicans, though, have been willing to call out both Trump and his allies. Adam Kinzinger comes to mind. People like Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney have had moments of courage. But the Republican who has spoken out against Trump despite having the most to lose is Liz Cheney.

The Wyoming congresswoman has had a target on her back since her vote to impeach Trump. The former president has promised to back a primary candidate against her in 2022.

Cheney, though, does not seem afraid of the threats. She was recently asked about potential GOP presidential candidates in 2024. She told the New York Post:

“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.” read more

Liz Cheney Breaks with Republican Leadership to Support Commission into Capitol Riot

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Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) broke with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to support a 9/11-style commission into the Capitol riot of January 6, which took place after a mob of former President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the United States Capitol to try and overturn the results of the 2020 general election.

“What happened on Jan. 6 is unprecedented in our history. And I think that it’s very important that the commission be able to focus on that,” Cheney said in remarks during a Republican read more