Senator Josh Hawley took a shot at anti-Trump Representative Liz Cheney, saying she doesn’t speak for Republicans and has “no support in her own caucus.”
Hawley (R-MO) made the comments to CNN chief congressional correspondent, Manu Raju.
The congressman was asked his thoughts on Cheney (R-WY) refusing to shut the door on a possible future run for the White House.
“This is somebody who has no support in her own caucus, who has hung her own members out to dry over and over … I think she’s on an island,” Hawley offered.
“Obviously she’s got to stand before voters, but I think that she certainly doesn’t speak for the vast majority of Republicans or people in my state.”
Cheney refused to rule out a future run for President of the United States when asked by the New York Post earlier this week.
“I’m not ruling anything in or out — ever is a long time,” she told the newspaper.
Cheney also said she believes the GOP is in good shape to take back the White House with “a huge number of interesting candidates” already being discussed as potential nominees.
Hawley may have had particular vitriol towards Liz Cheney, the House Republican Conference Chair, because she made subtle references to him and his alleged role in the “insurrection” in that interview.
She said his efforts to uphold the integrity of the election should end Hawley’s own aspirations.
“I do think that some of our candidates who led the charge, particularly the senators who led the unconstitutional charge, not to certify the election, you know, in my view that’s disqualifying,” Cheney told the Post.
Cheney represents the old establishment wing of the Republican Party while Hawley represents the insurgent pro-Trump faction.
She voted to impeach former President Donald Trump because he allegedly incited the Capitol protests in January, and said the party simply “cannot embrace insurrection.”
Several Republicans called for her to step down from her leadership position after becoming only one of 10 GOP Reps to join Democrats in voting to impeach.
But House Republicans eventually voted to keep her in that role.
Cheney is facing a primary challenge and political pundit Dick Morris predicted she will lose her re-election campaign in 2022 due to her decision to impeach and her consistent anti-Trump rhetoric.
“She has a snowball’s chance in hell of getting reelected,” Morris told Newsmax.
Meanwhile, Trump also took a shot at Cheney calling her a “warmongering fool.”
“Liz Cheney is polling sooo low in Wyoming, and has sooo little support, even from the Wyoming Republican Party, that she is looking for a way out of her Congressional race,” he claimed in a statement.
“Based on all polling, there is no way she can win,” Trump added before predicting Cheney would “maybe embarrass her family by running for President.”
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