Cheney, McCarthy Clash Over Trump’s Future in GOP and Country

Congresswoman Liz Cheney told reporters on Wednesday that former President Trump should have no future in the Republican Party or the country.

Annaliese Wiederspahn

February 24, 20212 min read

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

The two wings of the Republican Party sparred again Wednesday morning at a House Leadership press conference.

GOP House leaders held the news conference to discuss President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus proposal.

On that issue, Republicans are united. They don’t like it.

But when reporters had their turn and asked about former President Donald Trump speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this weekend, the divisions were revealed.

“Yes, he should speak,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said immediately.

Of course, someone checked with U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney to see if she concurred.

She said it was up to the organizers of the conference.

But she didn’t stop there.

“I’ve been clear in my views about President Trump and the extent to which the events following January 6, I don’t believe that he should be playing a role in the future of the party or the country,” she said.

During Cheney’s remarks, McCarthy shut his eyes, fidgeted, and nervously moved back and forth while House Minority Whip Steve Scalise shook his head, appearing to disagree with her.

Silence followed, and then McCarthy expressed a clear desire to get out of there.

“On that high note, thank you all very much,” he said to laughter.

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Annaliese Wiederspahn

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