Chip Roy spoke out today tearing into Liz Cheney for her comment yesterday saying both the party and the country should dump Trump:
Disgruntlement over Liz Cheney’s leadership position renewed after her comment yesterday that Trump shouldn’t be part of GOP future. Chip Roy during House Freedom Caucus presser: “Yesterday, Liz forfeited her right to be chair of the Republican conference” pic.twitter.com/V5d57cLnXh
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Roy said that while he supported Cheney’s right to vote her conscience on impeaching Trump, he suggested she went too far yesterday and is clearly out of step with the American people who support President Trump:
Yesterday, Liz forfeited her right to be chair of the Republican conference. You cannot stand up and make a statement so completely out of step with the Republican conference and where the American people who support President Trump are. I think it is unfortunate that she made those remarks and I think it was short-sighted.
But I also think it was purposeful and I think that’s the problem. And I think it is time for us to have another conversation about the leadership of the Republican conference… She shouldn’t have said that – she did so purposefully. And she did so in a way that directly undermines the conference that she leads. She do so leaving the conference meeting that she just chaired!
When our minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, had just answered the question about CPAC and then she got the question, she said that should be up to CPAC. But then paused, and then launched into a diatribe about the future of where we should go with respect to President Trump. Completely unnecessarily, but purposefully, having just left the very Republican conference where we were together. And in a way that is in complete opposition to where the majority of the Republican conference is and where the majority of Republicans are.
Sounds like he’s calling for another revote on Liz remaining the Republican conference chair. I don’t know how he voted in the secret vote, but he clearly has lost all support of her now.
But good luck getting a revote. It was difficult enough at the time to get it done and I doubt McCarthy is going to do that again.
However with enough public pressure from Republicans in the conference, as Roy did today, there is the chance that she’ll just up and resign.