The Republican Party remains the party of Donald Trump. Despite getting thrashed by Joe Biden in the 2020 election, proceeding to spread the lie that victory was stolen from him through mass voter fraud, and inciting a deadly insurrection, he maintains a stranglehold over the GOP’s voting base. Any Republican official who dares to criticize the disgraced former president quickly finds themselves the target of mass harassment and full-throated accusations that they aren’t a true conservative. Apparently, the word “conservative” now just means supporting everything Donald Trump says and does.
One of the few Republican members of Congress willing to voice opposition to Trumpism is Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), an odious politician in her own right who nonetheless deserves some amount of credit for her criticisms of the former president. She has repeatedly attacked him over his role in the January 6th insurrection and most recently stated that the GOP cannot accept the “poison” that is the claim the election was stolen. She called his involvement in the Capitol siege a “line that cannot be crossed.”
Yesterday, Punchbowl News reported that Republican House leaders Rep. Steve Scalise (LA) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA) are looking to replace Cheney and slot someone into her role as House Republican Conference Chair “who does not pose a threat to them and their power.” In other words, they want someone indoctrinated into the cult of Trumpism. There is no room for dissension in the ranks when it comes to supporting the destructive MAGA agenda.
Today, the office of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) released a statement criticizing Scalises’s and McCarthy’s behavior as sexist. Tagged with the satirical title “GOP Leadership: Help Wanted — Non-Threatening Female,” the statement takes the two men to task for trying to replace the “most senior woman in GOP leadership” because “She won’t lie, she isn’t humble enough, she’s like a girlfriend rooting for the wrong team, and more.”
The statement adds that it’s “not surprising” that Scalise and McCarthy are searching for a woman who won’t be a “threat” to them. Pelosi’s remarks are sure to stir up the hornet’s nest and hopefully escalate the civil war raging within the Republican Party. The more divided the GOP is, the more the Democrats can focus on actually doing the work of the American public. Let them fight while we govern.
— Lauren Fox (@FoxReports) May 4, 2021
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Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.