The conservative Wall Street Journal editorial board entered the debate on Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn Cheney Cheney at the donor tree says Trump’s actions ‘a line that cannot be crossed’: report Memo: Trump’s critics face anger at GOP base Allies of GOP leader swear to oust Liz Cheney MORE (R-Wyo.), Who warned Republicans in Parliament that an internal feud over her criticism of former President Trump could jeopardize potential gains in the 2022 interim periods.
“This should be a hopeful moment for Republicans. While playing defense in the minority for now, their prospects of amassing the five net spots they need to regain the majority in 2022 are excellent. That is, unless they switch to internal fights in the 2020 election, “the Journal̵
“Yet that’s exactly what they seem to be doing when some members try to remove the Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from the GOP House management, ”argued the editorial staff.
Cheney, chairman of the House Republican Conference, has been in the middle of a GOP storm following repeated reprimands from Trump, particularly over his allegations that the November presidential election was aimed at him despite several court decisions that threw Republican-led challenges to the results . While some centralist Republicans have backed her, Republicans who are in line with Trump have resumed a debate over whether to be ousted from his seat in the House leadership.
“Purifying Liz Cheney for honesty would diminish the party,” the editorial staff of the Journal said.
The editorial comments come as Cheney fights increasingly, urging her to be fired from her perch as the No. 3 House Republican over her criticism of Trump.
Most recently, Cheney urged Trump to propagate the “big lie” that the election was fraudulent, prompting further criticism that her feud with Trump highlights divisions within the party.
The criticism culminated in a hot microphone comment from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyTucker Carlson targets McCarthy over ties to GOP pollster Frank Luntz The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Emergent BioSolutions – Can Cheney defy the odds and survive again? Trump confuses Republican announcements about Afghanistan MORE (R-California), who was heard saying, “I had it with her. You know, I’ve lost confidence, ”before noticing that someone at his conference would impose an internal decision to remove her from the leadership.
The Cheney allies suggest that there is a need for someone willing to stand up to Trump, including by pushing back on his allegations of electoral fraud, to represent a diverse set of views within the party and appeal to the suburbs.
The paper’s editorial committee urged McCarthy, Cheney and other Republicans to turn their focus away from fighting Trump and against President BidenJoe BidenGarland to emphasize national security, civil rights at first congressional appearance as Afghan general lawyer: ‘Critically important’ for US and NATO to meet security funding commitments Schumer ‘explores’ unilateral passage of immigration if talks resolve moreagenda that has received almost unanimous opposition as the GOP opposes the price tag on infrastructure and other plans.
“Republicans should find a way to speak this truth to voters in 2022 – and quickly turn to running on an agenda for the future that will control Mr. Biden and his cradle-to-grave eligibility state, ”the editors wrote.