According to a report on Tuesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was caught on mic saying he has “had it” with House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney.
The alleged incident was reported by Axios and was said to take place off the air while McCarthy was on “Fox & Friends” being interviewed by host Steve Doocy.
NEW: Kevin McCarthy was caught trashing Liz Cheney on a hot mic, saying, "I think she's got real problems" and that he's "lost confidence" in her. https://t.co/FONJlAaDAE
— Axios (@axios) May 4, 2021
McCarthy On Hot Mic: ‘I’ve Had It With Her’
“I think she’s got real problems,” McCarthy reportedly said to Doocy. “I’ve had it with … I’ve had it with her. You know, I’ve lost confidence.”
McCarthy also reportedly spilled on the hot mic that he expects a vote soon to remove Cheney from GOP leadership.
According to Axios, McCarthy said, “Well, someone just has to bring a motion, but I assume that will probably take place.”
During the actual on-air interview, McCarthy was far more diplomatic toward Cheney and her controversy, expressing that members of his caucus were “concerned” about the House Republican Conference chairwoman’s ability to carry out her responsibilities.
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“There’s no concern about how she voted on impeachment,” McCarthy told Doocy as the interview began. “That decision has been made.”
McCarthy continued, “I have heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair — to carry out the message.”
“We all need to be working as one if we’re able to win the majority. Remember, majorities are not given; they are earned,” he added. “And that’s about the message about going forward.”
The Hill spoke to allies of McCarthy earlier this week, some of whom claimed Cheney would be ousted from her chair by the end of this month.
“There is no way that Liz will be conference chair by month’s end,” one key McCarthy ally told The Hill on Monday. “When there is a vote, it won’t be a long conference; it will be fast. Everyone knows the outcome.” https://t.co/XwxnrbYmZa
— Ned Ryun (@nedryun) May 4, 2021
“There is no way that Liz will be conference chair by month’s end,” one key McCarthy ally told The Hill. “When there is a vote, it won’t be a long conference; it will be fast. Everyone knows the outcome.”
Another McCarthy ally said, “This is a broad range of lawmakers who have had it with her.”
“She’s a liability, and McCarthy’s as fed up as the rest of us that she is focused on the past rather than winning back the House,” the anonymous person added.
Cheney has repeatedly attacked former President Donald Trump, who remains extremely popular in the Republican Party.
The anti-Trump neoconservative blames Trump for the violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Not one to shy away from a fight, Trump has returned fire, calling Cheney a ‘warmonger’ on several occasions.
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