Appearing on the Axe files podcast with David Axelrod, former GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney, who was recently ousted from her leadership role, called GOP leader Kevin McCarthy working with former President Trump “inexcusable.”
“As I said, I think what Donald Trump did is the most dangerous thing, the most egregious violation of an oath of office of any president in our history,” Cheney said. “and so the idea that a few weeks after he did that, the leader of the Republicans in the House would be at Mar-a-Lago, essentially, you know, pleading with him to somehow come back into the fold, or whatever it was he was doing, to me was inexcusable.”
“This isn’t a policy disagreement,” she continued. “You know, this is the president provoking an attack on the Capitol to prevent us from counting electoral votes. Both McCarthy and Scalise certainly McCarthy made clear that he understood that that’s what had happened in his remarks on the floor on January 13th. There is no question in the days after the attack what happened. There is no question who was responsible then.”
“But then, of course, Kevin McCarthy decided to go Mar-a-Lago at the end of January. I think that was a real moment where it became clear we weren’t going to be able to move forward and focus on substance and policy because we had had leaders who were embracing the president who had had just been impeached,” she added.
Last month, Cheney said she won’t vote for Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for speaker next year if the GOP wins back the House majority.
“I think that we’ve got to have leaders who lead based on principle, and that’s not what we’ve seen from him,” she said.