(PresidentialWire.com)- According to a report from Politico, establishment “Republican” Liz Cheney could be at the root of a growing civil war within the Republican Party, with the pro-Trump majority battling against Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) who want to turn the GOP into a quasi-Democrat Party.
The report by Melania Zanona claims that House Minority Leader spent three days urging Republicans to stay united to take back the majority in the 2022 midterm elections, and even supported Liz Cheney when Republicans attempted to oust her from her position as the GOP Conference Chairwoman, only for his relationship with her to break down over his support of former President Trump.
“At a retreat meant to craft a cohesive message, McCarthy (R-Calif.) and GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) illustrated the exact rift the party has fought to avoid. While the former president wasn’t even invited to the House GOP’s annual policy retreat here in the Sunshine State, his presence has loomed large over the gathering,” the report explains.
The Politico report also referenced an interview McCarthy did on Monday with the same outlet, in which he offered some thinly-veiled criticism of his colleague.
“There’s a responsibility, if you’re gonna be in leadership, leaders eat last,” he said. “And when leaders try to go out, and not work as one team, it creates difficulties.”
But when it comes to opposing President Donald Trump and his Make America Great Again agenda – a more populist conservatism than the Republican Party is used to – it’s going to be hard for Cheney to get along with her colleagues.
McCarthy also said that he had privately approached Cheney about toning down her criticism of the former president. When he was asked whether Cheney had listened to his advice, the GOP leader responded, “You be the judge.”
So that’s a no, then.
Politico argues that Cheney and McCarthy are “worlds apart,” which is absolutely the case at this point. Further apart than when he supported Cheney maintaining her leadership position within the party.
When asked if he thought she remains a good fit for the party, he said that it’s a question for the House GOP conference to answer, and then when pressed for his own opinion, he said, “if you’re sitting here at a retreat that’s focused on policy, focused on the future of making America next-century, and you’re talking about something else, you’re not being productive.”
Rather than uniting the party, McCarthy’s efforts to keep Cheney in the party might have risked giving Cheney power to spark a civil war within it.