Top Republican Kevin McCarthy caught on hot mic trashing Liz Cheney after she said Trump was 'poisoning US democracy'
HOUSE Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was caught on a hot mic slamming fellow GOP representative Liz Cheney just one day after she accused former President Donald Trump of “poisoning” democracy.
Rep. McCarthy, a California Republican, told Steve Doocy off-air before a live "Fox and Friends" interview, "I think she's got real problems.”
“I've had it with … I've had it with her,” the politician continued, according to Axios. “You know, I've lost confidence. … Well, someone just has to bring a motion, but I assume that will probably take place."
The comments came just a day after Rep. Cheney of Wyoming tweeted “The 2020 presidential election was not stolen,” in response to recent claims the former President has made about "The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020,” as he has dubbed the recent United States race.
Rep. Cheney’s May 3 tweet continued, “Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.”
Her statement seemed to be responding to one Trump’s office made calling the 2020 election “THE BIG LIE!"
Former President and Apprentice host Trump also recently appeared to tell a cheering Mar-a-Lago crowd that Arizona would be the "first state to fall" to undo the "rigged" election.
"I wouldn't be surprised if they found thousands and thousands and thousands of votes," Trump said of a Republican-led recount in Arizona's Maricopa County.
While some people cheered on Rep. Cheney’s response, others have not been happy with her approach to the election and the former president, including Rep. McCarthy.
"This is about whether the Republican Party is going to perpetuate lies about the 2020 election and attempt to whitewash what happened on Jan. 6," Cheney spokesperson Jeremy Adler said in response to McCarthy's aired Fox interview.
“Liz will not do that. That is the issue."
In the aired interview, McCarthy said he’d heard some members of the Republican party were worried about Cheney's ability to do her job as a party leader, or to “carry out the message” of the party.
“We all need to be working as one if we’re able to win the majority,” the California representative said on air.
Senator Mitt Romney seemed to back Rep. Cheney in the GOP war, writing on Twitter on May 4, “Every person of conscience draws a line beyond which they will not go: Liz Cheney refuses to lie.”
“As one of my Republican Senate colleagues said to me following my impeachment vote: ‘I wouldn’t want to be a member of a group that punished someone for following their conscience.’”
On May 3, before McCarthy’s hot mic moment but after Cheney’s comments about former president Trump, Geoff Duncan, Lt. Governor of Georgia, tweeted, “Well said @Liz_Cheney and thanks for not backing down!”
“We need more Republican leaders like you willing to speak the truth about THE BIG LIE so we can move back into the White House in 2024."
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