Kevin McCarthy says colleagues are “concerned” that Liz Cheney won’t be able to do her job

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House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy gave his biggest signal to date on Tuesday that Liz Cheney’s days in the leadership of the party are numbered.

He questioned her ability to carry out her duties as GOP conference chair and told Fox News that he has heard from fellow GOP lawmakers that they fear she will not be able to carry out the party’s message.

McCarthy said this could hurt Republican efforts to regain control of the House in next year’s midterm elections.

“I’ve heard from members who are concerned about her ability to fulfill the role of conference chair — to get the message across. We all have to work together if we are able to win the majority. Remember that majorities are not given; they are deserved. And that’s about the message about moving on, ”he said on Fox & Friends.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy gave his biggest signal to date on Tuesday that Liz Cheney's days in the leadership of the party are numbered.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy gave his biggest signal to date on Tuesday that Liz Cheney’s days in the leadership of the party are numbered.

The battle for Rep.  Liz Cheney is part of the wider battle for former President Trump's role in the Republican Party

The battle for Rep. Liz Cheney is part of the wider battle for former President Trump’s role in the Republican Party

Cheney’s spokesman fired back, calling on Republicans to speak out against Trump’s untruths.

This is about whether the Republican Party will perpetuate lies about the 2020 election and try to whitewash what happened on January 6. Liz won’t do that. That’s the problem, ”said Jeremy Alder.

But McCarthy claimed the murderous battle had nothing to do with Cheney being one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump after the January 6 MAGA riot.

“I have not heard members worry about her voice over impeachment. It’s more of a concern about the ability to work and what our best step forward is that we can all work together rather than attack each other, ‘he said.

He listed his priorities to talk about in next year’s midterms.

Fighting Joe Biden and what he did with this boundary by making it insecure and what is happening. Just what he’s doing here on small businesses, not opening schools, not getting us back to work, getting us back to health, back to normal. That’s the message we should be talking about, ”McCarthy said.

The battle for Cheney is part of the wider battle for former President Trump’s role in the Republican Party. She has emerged as one of his ardent critics and has repeatedly challenged his false claim that he won the 2020 presidential election – one of the few Republicans to call him out.

Trump, in turn, has given what he could by attacking Cheney himself through statements and surrogates and using his son, Donald Trump Jr., to attack her on social media.

But the former president still has a strong and vocal base of MAGA supporters expected to be active in next year’s primary and general elections.

Former President Donald Trump still has a large number of supporters who are expected to be active in next year's primaries and general election

Former President Donald Trump still has a large number of supporters who are expected to be active in next year’s primaries and general election

However, other Republicans want to distance themselves from Trump’s fiery rhetoric and controversial positions.

Several Republicans said Trump should have done more to rein in his supporters who stormed the Capitol on January 6, killing five and leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.

McCarthy even called him on the House floor the day and said Trump is responsible for the riot. Trump was impeached for his role but acquitted in the Senate. Following that vote, Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell said the former president was “ practically and morally responsible ” for the events.

Trump burst into rage. McCarthy flew to Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Palm Beach residence, to make peace. McConnell and Trump remain at odds.

McCarthy, who wants to be and will be a House speaker if the party can turn five seats in 2022, said Trump remains a force in the GOP.

“He could change all of history,” McCarthy said The New York Times. “This is the tightest rope anyone should walk.”

Meanwhile, most members of the GOP conference recognize that they cannot replace Cheney with a man in leadership.

So the names floating around are representatives Elise Stefanik from New York, Ann Wagner from Missouri and Jackie Walorski from Indiana, Axios reports.

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