Hard using Lynn Cheney as a positive, but the men in this thread are probably all among the 10 worst members of Congress https://t.co/hXQoLsvbZ8
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) July 21, 2020
House conservatives piled on Liz Cheney during a heated GOP conference meeting today, attacking her for criticizing Trump, supporting Fauci and backing Massie's primary opponent.
— Melanie Zanona (@MZanona) July 21, 2020
I would not willingly shake Liz Cheney’s hand (and, if forced to do so, I would count my fingers afterwards) but I have full respect for her political instincts, as honed at her daddy’s biomechanical knee. The old man skittered away unscathed from a CREEP position during Watergate, used his position as head of Dubya’s ‘search committee’ to insert himself into the White House as regent, and is apparently as immune to normal human mortality as he is to every norm of human civility. If his dear daughter is willing to slap the FreeDumb Caucus around like this, I am happy to assume that the FreeDumb Caucus is not long for this world. Per Politico:
Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus tore into Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) during a heated GOP conference meeting on Tuesday, lobbing attacks at her for breaking with President Donald Trump, supporting Dr. Anthony Fauci and backing a primary opponent to one of their colleagues.
Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, a Freedom Caucus co-founder and one of Trump’s top allies, called out Cheney, the GOP conference chair, for all the times she has opposed Trump and began ticking off some recent high-profile examples, according to two sources in the room. While Jordan praised her defense of Trump during impeachment, he also said Cheney’s recent rebukes of Trump — which have focused on Trump’s handling of the coronavirus, his Twitter rhetoric, and his foreign policy — were not helpful.
Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, the head of the Freedom Caucus, even accused Cheney of undermining the GOP’s ability to win back the House and said that if someone has a problem with Trump, they should keep it to themselves.
Cheney responded to the criticism by saying she disagrees with Jordan’s assessment and making clear her views are her own.
To Jordan, whose arch-conservative Freedom Caucus was a constant pain for GOP leadership when the party was in the majority, Cheney said: “I look forward to hearing your comments about being a team player when we’re back in the majority,” according to two sources in the room.
After the meeting, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida — who is not a member of the Freedom Caucus but is closely aligned with the conservative crew — tweeted that Cheney should step down from her position as the No. 3 House Republican. He also discussed at length his issues with Cheney in the most recent episode of his podcast, which posted Tuesday afternoon…
The president, however, has been silent about Cheney’s public criticism, and has even heaped praise on her at White House events.
Cheney — a staunch conservative who quickly climbed the leadership ranks and has wide support in the House GOP conference — votes with Trump 97 percent of the time, according to FiveThirtyEight. She also is one of the Trump campaign’s fundraising co-captains and strongly defended him during the impeachment battle…
The pile-on came during the House GOP’s first in-person meeting in months, with large in-person gatherings in the Capitol mostly replaced by conference calls during the pandemic. And after Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) tested positive for coronavirus last week, leadership stepped up its safety precautions for Tuesday’s meeting by requiring masks and temperature checks at the door.
The meeting also comes as there is growing concern in the GOP about Trump’s slumping poll numbers and his leadership during the coronavirus pandemic. Cheney has been one of the Republicans who has been willing to publicly call out Trump — a risky move in today’s GOP, but one that could position herself for a post-Trump world — and has managed to avoid the kind of scathing retort that Trump has doled out to others in the party…
A lot of these stories frame the anti-Liz Cheney move as "conservatives vs Cheney."
"Trump Loyalists vs Cheney" makes more sense b/c Gaetz/Freedom Caucus aren't more conservative than Cheney — which they proved by putting Trump loyalty above their long held positions.
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahDispatch) July 21, 2020