Cheney Is Fed Up With McCarthy’s ‘Sad’ And ‘Dangerous’ Leadership

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 13: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (R) listens to House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) during a news conference following a caucus meeting at the U.S. Capito... WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 13: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (R) listens to House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) during a news conference following a caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center February 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. McCarthy said that he supports the framework of a bipartisan spending deal that would avert another partial federal government shutdown but is waiting to read the bill before deciding on whether he would vote for it. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) tore into House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) moments after she was ousted as the No. 3 Republican.

During an interview that aired on the “Today” show Thursday, Cheney was asked whether McCarthy placed his ambitions to be speaker of the House above principle by orchestrating Cheney’s demotion over her vehement criticism of former President Trump. Cheney said she thinks that McCarthy is failing to lead with principle.

“I think that it is sad, and I think it’s dangerous,” Cheney said.

Cheney was pressed on her thoughts about McCarthy’s visit to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort less than a month after the deadly Capitol insurrection. McCarthy initially condemned Trump’s incitement of the mob behind the attack, before ultimately pushing for Cheney’s ouster when she voted to impeach him.

Cheney said that she was stunned by McCarthy’s visit to Mar-a-Lago to attempt to get back into Trump’s good graces, given that the former president’s efforts to delegitimize the democratic process culminated in one of the darkest moments in American history.

“[Trump is] not just a former president. He provoked an attack on the Capitol, an attack on our democracy,” Cheney said. “And so I can’t understand why you would want to go rehabilitate him.”

Hours after Cheney was booted from GOP leadership on Wednesday, McCarthy insisted that the Republican Party has moved on from false claims of a stolen election simply because he met with President Biden at the White House alongside other congressional leaders.

“I don’t think anyone is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election. I think that is all over with, we’re sitting here with the President today,” McCarthy said. “From that point of view, I don’t think that’s a problem.”

McCarthy failed to acknowledge that the GOP’s embrace of the “big lie” informed the party’s outrage towards Cheney following her vote to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection.”

Cheney has refused to back down from calling out Trump.

Speaking from the House floor on the eve of her widely anticipated ouster as conference chair, Cheney warned that the former president “risks inciting further violence” because of his continued effort to delegitimize the election process by peddling voter fraud lies.

“Today we face a threat America has never seen before. A former president, who provoked a violent attack on this Capitol in an effort to steal the election, has resumed his aggressive effort to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him. He risks inciting further violence,” Cheney said Tuesday night.

Watch Cheney’s interview below:

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Latest News
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: