Cheney Faces Backlash After Saying ‘I Don’t Think [Trump] Should Be Playing A Role In The Future Of The Party Or The Country’

[Image source: Kevin McCarthy and Liz Cheney-- C-SPAN video screenshot.]

During a House Republican leadership press conference on Wednesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) disagreed over whether former President Trump should speak at up at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

When asked by a reporter whether Trump should speak at CPAC, McCarthy quickly replied, “Yes, he should”, which is scheduled to take place in Orlando, Florida this weekend. It will be the 45th President’s first public political speech since leaving office.

Liz Cheney, however, disagreed with Kevin McCarthy, voicing her position over the former president after she voted to impeach him.

“That’s up to CPAC,” Cheney said. “I’ve been clear about my views about President Trump and the extent to which, following January 6, I don’t think he should be playing a role in the future of party or the country.”

The House minority leader wrapped the press conference by quipping, ”On that high note, thank you very much.”

Cheney’s earlier rebuke of Trump has led to pushback from some Republicans in the Party, with a group of conservatives unsuccessfully attempting to oust her from her leadership position earlier this month. Her critics argue that her views don’t represent the majority of the party. Video Below

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Following Cheney’s Wednesday’s comments, Republicans voiced their frustration with the House Republican conference chair:

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(Related: Rep. Greene Fires Back As Liz Cheney Claims Trump “Does Not Have A Role As Leader Of Our Party Going Forward”)