Marjorie Taylor Greene, Liz Cheney Fuel Growing Divisions Within GOP | TODAY
Statements of two congressmen put their party members in a dilemma
Controversy within the GOP ranks became particularly evident this week in the controversy over lawmakers Liz Cheney and Marjorie Taylor Green, two political figures with little in common beyond their work address..
Republicans in the House of Representatives were already discussing how to respond to Cheney’s decision to vote to impeach Donald Trump when CNN reported that Green had posted posts on the Web in support of calls for violence against Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, became the most prominent figure among 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump on charges of instigating mutiny in connection with the storming of the Capitol..
Cheney accused Trump of “betrayal,” and many House Democrats referred to her words when they themselves voted to impeach.
Green, first elected to Congress from Georgia in the November elections, has been a vocal advocate for Trump and criticizes Democrats on issues ranging from impeachment votes to installing metal detectors at the entrance to the House of Representatives. In addition, even at the stage of the election campaign, she spoke out in support of the QAnon conspiracy theory..
Marjorie Taylor Green (archived photo)
Following the CNN report, Green posted a tweet in which she noted that some of her social media posts “do not reflect her beliefs.” She also accused the channel of bias against her..
According to Doug Hay, a former aide to former House Republican Majority Leader Erik Cantor, said if Republicans oppose Cheney, but do not blame Green, “it will require a very detailed explanation of what they hope to achieve now and in the coming years “.
As Haye notes, privately, many Republicans admit that they are tired of Trump, his aggressive rhetoric, nepotism “and other things that they would never forgive Obama or Clinton.”.
Tensions between Cheney and some of her fellow Conservatives could escalate Thursday, thanks to Republican Congressman Matt Goetz speaking in her home state of Wyoming over her impeachment stance..
“I believe we need to embrace the spirit and style of President Trump,” Getz told reporters on Monday..
Republicans are expected to discuss Cheney’s move during a “family” meeting, as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy put it this week. However, removing the 54-year-old congresswoman from office would require a multi-stage process, and some Republican sources in Congress express doubts that there will be enough support for this..
Cheney, who declined to be interviewed, backed Trump’s impeachment after the Republican leadership decided not to push for a no vote.
McCarthy, although he said in an interview with Fox News that the party is tolerant of disagreement, has recently criticized Cheney for not wanting to be a team player..
“I believe that Cheney will continue to be exposed to heavy fire from the inside,” – said the director of the Center for Policy at the University of Virginia Larry Sabato..
At the same time, in his opinion, in the long term, Cheney’s “audacious words” may turn in her favor, especially if Trump’s popularity fades..
As for Cheney herself, she vigorously defends her position, telling reporters: “I’m not going anywhere.”.