Former President Donald Trump threw fuel on the fire of Republican Party infighting on Wednesday morning by issuing a statement targeting a slew of Republican leaders.
The disgruntled real estate mogul’s baseless claims of election fraud are the root of the conflict that has been publicly playing out over the past few days as Trump loyalists seek to expel the third-highest ranking Republican from their caucus over her refusal to promote Trump’s “Big Lie,” and Trump predictably zeroed in on that defiance in his latest public statement.
Taking aim at Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and former Vice-President Mike Pence, Trump complained once again that Cheney was refusing to accept his fantasy world in which Trump lost the 2020 election due to illegal Democratic election manipulations and blamed McConnell and Pence for not going to bat on behalf of his delusions.
On Tuesday, House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy made it clear he would be siding with Trump and was willing to move to oust Rep. Cheney from her role as Republican Conference Chairwoman as rank-and-file Republicans hunger for vengeance against the disloyal.
“I have heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair, to carry out the message. We all need to be working as one if we’re able to win the majority. Remember, majorities are not given, they are earned. And that’s about the message about going forward,” said McCarthy to FOX and Friends. Off the air, a hot mic conveniently caught McCarthy saying “I’ve had it with her.”
While the president’s remarks are largely a retread of the message he’s been hammering relentlessly for the past six months — the election was stolen and everyone who refused to fight hard enough for me must pay — this statement coming on the heels of this morning’s news that the entire Republican House leadership has turned on Liz Cheney is yet more disturbing evidence that Donald Trump’s selfish and baseless grievances have now become GOP orthodoxy and that any deviation from his megalomaniacal demands will be met with swift ostracization and punishment.
We broke this in @PunchbowlNews this morning.
Now, Trump is backing Stefanik.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) May 5, 2021
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