Republicans in the House of Representatives gather for a crucial meeting on Wednesday to discuss the future of two House members. Liz Cheney and Marjorie Taylor Greene, who represent a growing division between factions of the Republican Party with two very different visions.
Republicans will debate whether or not to remove Liz Cheney (R-WY) from her position as GOP Conference Chair.
Cheney has come under fire from fellow Trump-supporting Republican members of the House for her vote to impeach the former president on charges that he incited the riot that took place at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
We just had a violent mob assault the Capitol in an attempt to prevent those from carrying out our Constitutional duty. There is no question that the President formed the mob, the President incited the mob, the President addressed the mob. He lit the flame. pic.twitter.com/nc9WLmtfuv
— Rep. Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) January 7, 2021
Also at issue is freshman member of Congress Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), and whether or not she should be removed from her congressional committee assignments.
Controversial comments made by Greene prior to her being elected to Congress have surfaced on social media.
Major Issues On The Table For The GOP
According to a CNN report, in 2019, Greene “liked” a comment that stated “a bullet to the head would be quicker,” in a thread that discussed the removal of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
There are other other claims that she has espoused QAnon conspiracy theories and confronted political opponents such as Parkland High School shooting survivor and gun activist David Hogg on video.
On The Hot Seat, Kevin McCarthy
The eyes of all GOP House members will be on Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
On Tuesday, McCarthy had a long anticipated, well-publicized 90 minute meeting with Greene, however, aides disclosed little about what was discussed.
— John Bresnahan (@bresreports) February 3, 2021
The possible removal of Greene from her committee assignments will be the subject of another separate meeting, also on Wednesday.
Several Republicans are calling foul on Democrat double standards that ignore past anti-Semetic remarks that have been made by Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and the incendiary comments of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA).
Politico reports that McCarthy may try to broker a deal with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), but it is not know whether or not Hoyer will agree to any such deal.
POLITICO: Leader Hoyer "is planning to deliver an ultimatum to McCarthy this week: Either Republicans move on their own to strip Greene (R-Ga.) of her committee assignments within 72 hours or Democrats will bring the issue to the House floor."@politicohttps://t.co/ov38jOWjv2
— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) February 1, 2021
The Future Of The Republican Party?
The push to remove Cheney began with her ‘yes’ vote on impeachment. On the heels of that vote, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was one of the first to call for her ouster as Conference Chair. Nine other Republicans had also voted to impeach Trump.
Cheney is also in trouble at home. Recently, ten Wyoming Republican County Parties have voted to censure Cheney for her vote.
She already has a primary opponent for 2022. Wyoming State Senator Anthony Bouchard will challenge Cheney.
Gaetz recently also traveled to Cheyenne Wyoming to call on Trump supporters to back Cheney’s removal from Congress.
Cheney enjoys much support by those who are seen as the “establishment,” the old guard of the Republican Party.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said of Cheney, “Liz Cheney is a leader with deep convictions and the courage to act on them.”
Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) called her, “a strong and reliable voice of the conservative party.”
I believe @RepLizCheney is one of the strongest and most reliable conservative voices in the Republican Party.
She is a fiscal and social conservative, and no one works harder to ensure that our military is well prepared.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) February 2, 2021
Greene, as a newly elected member of Congress, has not even been on Capitol Hill long enough to put forth much legislation. But already the establishment wing of the Republican Party seems very threatened by her.
Mitch McConnell called her “a cancer” for the GOP in a reference to her “loony lies and conspiracy theories.”
“Somebody who has suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr’s airplane is not living in reality. This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that strengthen our party.”
Sen. Mitt Romney called for distance. “I think we should have nothing to do with Marjorie Taylor Greene, and I think we should repudiate the things she said and move away from her.”
Greene responded to McConnell that, “the real cancer for the Republican party is weak Republicans who only know how to lose gracefully.”
The real cancer for the Republican Party is weak Republicans who only know how to lose gracefully.
This is why we are losing our country.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene (@mtgreenee) February 2, 2021
There are clearly two wings of the Republican party forming. The McConnell, Romney, Cheney wing of graceful losers, and the new faces of Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene, who are tired of establishment business as usual.
Make no mistake, the American people will decide the winner.
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