Skip to comments.Conservatives clash with Cheney over support for Fauci, Massie primary opponent
Posted on 07/21/2020 10:21:55 AM PDT by RandFan
Conservative lawmakers clashed with House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) on Tuesday over her support of Anthony Fauci and for previously backing a primary challenger to Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.)
Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Chip Roy (R-Texas) got in a heated argument with Cheney at a closed-door GOP meeting described by one source in the room as "a war zone," with lawmakers raising their voices during the confrontation.
Tensions flared when members were allowed to step up to microphones in the room to raise questions and concerns. Gaetz asked about the House GOP leaderships policy on getting involved in primaries, telling leaders that if they are going to get involved, there will be attacks coming back at them, according to multiple sources in the room.
The question appeared directed at Cheney, who had made donations to Massie's primary challenger, Todd McMurty, but later requested they be returned after racist posts on social media emerged. She also retracted her endorsement of McMurty.
Cheney initially dismissed Gaetz's remarks on Tuesday, noting it was not a political conference meeting, but quipped that she was looking forward to your documentary, referring to Gaetzs upcoming HBO documentary "The Swamp," according to sources.
Gaetz then said he deserved an answer, before House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) intervened.
McCarthy stepped in to conduct a separate meeting among the aggrieved parties and Liz to discuss issues, one GOP lawmaker told The Hill. McCarthy tried to defuse it and tell folks he would schedule a separate meeting.
After the meeting, Gaetz went public with his criticisms of Cheney, tweeting: "Liz Cheney has worked behind the scenes (and now in public) against @realDonaldTrump and his agenda."
"House Republicans deserve better as our Conference Chair," he added. "Liz Cheney should step down or be removed."
Massie, who was next in line to speak at the microphone during Tuesday's meeting, immediately went after Cheney for initially supporting his primary challenger. Cheney told Massie who has butted heads with Cheney on a number of policy issues that he was a special case and that his problem was with the president, not me.
Massie then shot back that his problem was with her, not President Trump.
Trump previously called for Massies ouster after he threatened to jeopardize the quick passage of a record $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill in late March.
But the attacks on Cheney didn't stop there.
Roy blasted the Wyoming Republican for championing Fauci who has come under fire by a number of conservatives and White House staff noting that his Democratic opponent for November has retweeted Cheneys comments in support of the nation's top infectious diseases expert.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) followed Roy at the microphones and defended Massie, calling him a fighter and saying they need more members like him in the conference.
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) added that he disagreed with Cheneys characterization of Massie as a special case and argued that she was undermining Trump by breaking with him on some key issues.
Jordan, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, told the room he didnt intend to speak on the issue but then raised concerns about the number of times Cheney has broken with and criticized the president.
Cheney later described it as a robust conversation and that its good for the conference to have difficult discussions and debates to get on the same page.
Listen, we had a robust exchange of views," she told The Hill after the meeting. You know, we have disagreements, and so that's part of having a healthy conference debate. But I think that it's a healthy thing to have those kinds of disagreements, and I would imagine that we will be able to make sure that we're all together and I'll look forward to being in the majority and having many of those same people want to be team players when were in the majority.
Cheney added that Republicans should be focused on coronavirus, not making personal attacks.
Massie declined to go into detail about the exchange.
You know, I'm trying to get our conference back together, so I'll let other people comment. I don't want to talk about what was said in there," he said.
Anyone who respects Fauci is a damn fool... Trump included.
I do NOT like her, at all. Was she referring to the ‘majority’ as majority establishment? that’s what I think she meant (ie not conservatives).
Cheney should zip it with her Fauci praise.
Any idea what she’s been saying?
Twitter I guess?
One of the Republican’s in the article said his Dem opponent retweeted her..
Cheney wants to be the face of the GOP when Trump leaves the scene. She is not a Bush, but still gives the limousine liberals of the party control because they will control her. She’s the western states version of Haley. Watch for her to distance herself from Trump especially if he is re-elected.
Cheney has no business being in the leadership. She has no particular qualifications and has only been in Congress less than 4 years! She’s like Ms. Piggy McCain, big TV slot only due to who her father was. Cheney probably taking her cues from her dad and the Bushes, which is way out of date and in many cases dangerous and wrong. She IS a Never-Trumper!
She is far too divisive though I think she has made some big mistakes.
I can’t see her becoming speaker which is her dream because these conservatives will not allow it!
Liz Cheney is vying to be the face of a political party that will be perpetual losers once Donald Trump leaves the scene. The GOP can either get on board with its constituents, or they can relegate themselves to the dustbin of history.
That would be the WRONG time for her to distance herself from Trump if he is re-elected as Trump might call for conservatives to primary her a$$ if she doesn’t fall in line. If anything that is when she will start kissing his a$$ (even if it is done to save face and she in reality will still try to stab him in the back ala Romeny/Ryan/McStain.
They see the Democrats as the Harlem Globetrotters.
The GOP wants to be the Washington Generals.
I can’t think of one thing she has achieved...
All she seems to do is work with Dems to pass stuff like stimulus etc.
We do not need any more Cheneys or Bushes in the White House. Their kind should not be welcome any longer in GOP circles. Besides, they fit in so well with Billy Clinton, Obama, and Hillary
I despise the entire Cheney clan.
[Cheney has no business being in the leadership.]
Cheney’s a anti-Trump globalist hawk who doesn’t agree with shrinking American military presence around the globe that regularly stucks us into conflicts challenging our spheres of influence.
How come its only the republicans that battle each other. The dems stick like glue with each other.
Wyoming has only one Congress seat (and 2 senators). Her dad held the seat. They have a lock on it. No, Trump would be better off offering her am abassadorship to her country of choice and cut her nasty ass out of Congress. Promoting her to Cardinal after one term was a joke. Like Obama’s Nobel.
Cheney sounds like a nut now. HEr 2nd term in Congress and acting like she is some kind of leader and authority. One assumes that because she has daddy’s fundraising rolodex. This won’t end well for her. Guaranteed.
Wyoming has only one Congress seat (and 2 senators). Her dad held the seat. They have a lock on it.
Jeff Session had a Senate seat from Alabama for decades. How did that end? Her seat is not safe at all.
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