WASHINGTON – The fight to replace Liz Cheney’s representative, R-Wyo., Continued on Sunday when the head of the largest Republican parliamentary group called for the overthrow of the GOP chairman on the “Fox News Sunday” show.
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“Any leader who is not focused on rejecting Biden’s radical and dangerous agenda must be replaced,” MP Jim Banks, R-Ind., Was asked about his reason for opposing her leadership. Banks is the president of the Republic Study Committee, the largest GOP parliamentary committee in Congress.
Since taking control of the club in 2021, banks have sought to build a larger platform for messaging and court influence with fellow Republicans. The Indiana Republican made no secret of his interest in replacing Cheney as conference president.
“The most natural comparison to an RSC chair is a conference chair,” Banks said during interview for Politico. “And it’s something I think I’d really enjoy because I’m doing it now.”
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Another MP vying for Cheney’s leadership position is representative Elise Stefanik, RN.Y., who has received the support of former President Donald Trump and leader No. 2, minority whip Steve Scalise, R-La.
She added another big fan on Sunday. Asked in an interview with the Fox News Channel “Sunday Morning Futures” whether he supports Stefanika, RN.Y., for the job of chairing the Republican Conference, McCarthy replied, “Yes, I have to.”
The attempt to remove Cheney from the leadership underscores the dominance of Trump and allied factions within the Republican Party transformed in the past four years. Expressing loyalty to the former president, including supporting exposed conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election, are important litmus tests for the party.
Banks told Fox News Sunday that he agreed that Joe Biden was legitimately elected president, but said he had “very serious concerns about the way the election was conducted,” citing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Banks declined to say whether Trump bore any responsibility for the January 6 uprising when the president’s supporters overran the Capitol, and he stood by his vote to challenge the confirmation of the election results.
Since the riots at the Capitol, Cheney has been a vocal critic of Trump, urging his fellow Republicans to reject the former president and the unfounded conspiracy theories he pursued around the 2020 presidential election.
Cheney, a third-ranked member of the Republican House leadership and one of 10 House Republicans who voted for the president’s second recall after the Capitol uprising, survived an attempt to remove her from the leadership by secret ballot in February.
The continued condemnation of the Wyoming Republican in the embrace of the Trump party renewed anger against her.
“I had it with her. You know, I lost confidence,” McCarthy said on a hot microphone Tuesday before the segment on Fox News, apparently not realizing it was recorded, according to the tape given to Axios. When Steve Doocy of Fox News asked if another vote would be held to remove Cheney, the minority leader replied, “Well, someone just has to make a request, but I guess that’s likely to happen.”
Other National Republicans took a different view of the situation on Sunday. Jute Gov. Spencer Cox warned on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the leadership struggle has shown tough divisions in the GOP and that “as we talk about expanding the tent and bringing in a new generation of Republicans, we really need to make those kinds of differences possible.”
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan condemned Trump’s lead role in the NBC News ‘Meet the Press’ party: “It just bothers me that you have to swear allegiance to ‘Dear Leader’ or you’ll be kicked out of the party.” He called the fight to replace Cheney “some kind of circular firing squad in which we are just attacking our own party.”
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., One of the few Republicans from the House who voted for Trump’s second recall, voiced support for Cheney on Sunday.
“It’s amazing. Liz Cheney says exactly what Kevin McCarthy said on the day of the uprising. She just says it consistently. And a few weeks later, Kevin McCarthy changed the attack on other people,” Kinzinger told CBS News “Face the the.” Nation. “
“This is not good, not only for the future of the party, but this is not good for the future of this country,” he said.
Cheney said GOP is at a “turning point” which threatens to undermine the party and the country.
Contribution: Associated Press