Over the last four years, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has shown that his line of thinking largely aligns with President Donald Trump’s on most issues, much to the delight of the GOP’s base. But with a shocking announcement Thursday, the California congressman seemed to have taken a sudden left turn.
A spokesperson for McCarthy reportedly told Politico that the minority leader is not in support of forcing Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) to resign from her role in Republican House leadership. The news comes amid cries for Cheney’s ouster from some of her GOP colleagues who are frustrated that she voted in favor this week of a Democrat effort to impeach President Donald Trump.
A total of 10 Republicans sided with all Democrats to impeach the president Wednesday on a single charge of “incitement” over his alleged role in the storming of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of his supporters last week, according to The New York Times. Soon after, Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL) made clear that he wanted her out of leadership.
“One of those 10 cannot be our leader,” Gaetz said Wednesday, according to the Times. “It is untenable, unsustainable, and we need to make a leadership change.”
“Kevin will put an end to it”
Cheney, for her part, currently serves as the Republican conference chair, making her the third-highest ranked Republican in the House.
The daughter of a former vice president, she’s now facing calls to step away from that top spot — and not just from Gaetz. Many in the GOP have complained that Trump was impeached this week without any hearings or a chance at due process.
Still, Cheney was vocal in her support of the effort ahead of the vote. “None of this would have happened without the president,” she said of the violence at the Capitol, according to BuzzFeed News. “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
According to the Washington Examiner, McCarthy is the first and only “elected House GOP leader to come to Cheney’s defense.” But even at that, at least one House Republican seems to think her ouster is unlikely — and Cheney herself has said she “not going anywhere,” according to The New York Times.
“I don’t think she in any danger whatsoever,” the anonymous GOP lawmaker, who was said to have voted against impeachment, told the Washington Examiner. “I think Kevin will put an end to it.”
“A true travesty”
While Cheney may not face imminent retribution from her fellow House Republicans, Breitbart noted in a report Thursday that she remains in hot water with Republicans back home in Wyoming, from constituents to state party officials, over her support for the second impeachment effort against President Trump.
“There has not been a time during our tenure when we have seen this type of an outcry from our fellow Republicans, with the anger and frustration being palpable in the comments we have received,” the Wyoming GOP said in a statement. “Our telephone has not stopped ringing, our email is filling up, and our website has seen more traffic than at any previous time.
“The consensus is clear that those who are reaching out to the Party vehemently disagree with Representative Cheney’s decision and actions,” the statement added. “We are receiving the message loud and clear that what happened yesterday is a true travesty for Wyoming and the country.“