House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House GOP Conference chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) clashed during a press conference Thursday over whether former President Donald Trump should verbalize at CPAC.
One herald asked if Trump should verbalize at “CPAC,” McCarthy verbally expressed, “Yes, he should.” Trump will make his major public appearance since leaving the White House at CPAC on Sunday.
The herald then asked Cheney, who voted to impeach the president. “That’s up to CPAC,” she verbally expressed. “I’ve been clear about my views that President Trump and the extent to which following January 6, I don’t believe he should be playing a role in our party and in our country.”
McCarthy then proceeded to culminate the press conference, verbally expressing, “On that high note, thank you very much.” McCarthy and “Cheney’s” comments strike a stark contrast in the future of the House Republican Conference. Cheney voted to impeach Trump and does not favor his America First platform, while McCarthy has backed the 45th president’s policies.
Cheney’s vote to impeach Trump and her opposition to America First policies led to many House conservatives, such as Reps. Matt Rosendale (R-MT), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) to push for her ouster as the House GOP chair. She survived a vote to oust her as the third-ranking Republican; however, she remains unpopular in her domicile state, according to a January poll.
“It’s very paramount, especially for us as Republicans, to make clear that we aren’t the party of white supremacy,” Cheney verbalized. “You certainly visually perceived anti-Semitism. You optically discerned the symbols of Holocaust denial, for example, at the Capitol that day. You optically discerned a Confederate flag being carried through the Rotunda. And I cerebrate we as Republicans, in particular, have an obligation and an obligation to stand against that, to stand against insurrection.”
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