Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) took a possibility to bash House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Friday by saying he was too blind to the Structure to be speaker of the House, a job he’s widely expected to step into if Republicans retake control of the chamber after November’s midterm elections.
“Speaker of the Home is the second in line for the presidency. It requires someone who understands and recognizes their duty, their oath, their obligation,” Cheney told ABC News.
“And he’s been completely unfaithful to the Structure,” she went on. “Demonstrated a complete lack of expertise of the importance and the importance of the role of speaker.”
“I don’t consider he needs to be speaker of the House,” she concluded.
It’s not the primary time Cheney has publicly bashed McCarthy. She said in June that he had “turned his back on the Structure” in his try and position himself to be House speaker, calling it a “craven political calculation” that had allied him with racists and antisemites.
“I don’t think he needs to be Speaker of the House.”
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Cheney was defeated Tuesday in her state’s GOP primary after having change into an antagonist amongst Republicans still loyal to former President Donald Trump, earning their ire for refusing to parrot Trump’s lies that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” from him. House Republicans booted her from party leadership last 12 months.
She further enraged Trump Republicans by joining the Jan. 6 House select committee to resolve Trump supporters’ 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
The committee’s only other GOP member, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ailing.), has offered similar criticism of the chamber’s top Republican.
“Sometime a couple of 12 months or two ago, he made the choice that his only goal was to change into speaker of the House. And he’ll do whatever he has to do, and he thinks that siding with the insurrectionists is the approach to get there. Possibly it would make him speaker,” Kinzinger said in July.
Each McCarthy and Trump endorsed Cheney’s opponent within the Wyoming primary, Harriet Hageman, who won.
Although her time in Congress is coming to an end, Cheney has said she doesn’t plan to recuse herself from public life. As a substitute, she plans to start out a political motion committee targeted at anti-Trump Republicans while she weighs a run for the White House.