The rift between the two wings of the Republican Party was clearer than ever during a party political retreat in Florida.
As Kevin McCarthy, Chair of the Minority House of Representatives, emphasizes the need for the GOP to unite, the separation between McCarthy himself and the GOP Chair, Liz Cheney, will not be an incentive for others who have different ideas about the party’s future that they will come together in 2022.
According to a report by Politico, while former President Trump was not on the political retreat, his presence was strongly felt in the rift between anti-Trump Cheney and McCarthy calls for unity.
As GOP leaders seek unity within the party, Kevin McCarthy and Liz Cheney remain divided over former President Donald Trump https://t.co/CkSaojpRAr
– POLITICAL (@political) April 27, 2021
RELATED: Schumer: Even if Manchin disagrees, “Reconciliation On The Table” stands for the infrastructure bill
McCarthy’s frustration comes through
In an interview with Politico, McCarthy was asked if he wanted to bring the party together while Cheney – the third-tier Republican in the house – continues to attack a hugely popular Trump.
McCarthy said, “There is a responsibility when you are in leadership, the executives eat last, and when the executives try to go out rather than work as a team, trouble arises.”
In an insightful exchange, McCarthy said he spoke to Cheney about downplaying some of her comments. When asked if he believed she had followed the advice, the answer was, “You are the judge.”
Support conservative voices!
Sign up for the latest information Political news, insights, and comments are delivered straight to your inbox.
That was not all. At a later press conference, McCarthy declined when asked if Cheney was able to run the GOP.
Liz Cheney has little or no influence over American voters.
Liz Cheney tells Republicans on GOP Retreat- pic.twitter.com/9yfkmazZkd, “We need to get the voters we lost in 2020 back by telling them we are the party they trust.”
– Blanche Victoria (@tammytabby) April 27, 2021
GOP Rift is nothing new
The ink on the impeachment articles was barely dry when Liz Cheney began to blame the January 6 riot at Donald Trump’s Capitol.
In a tweet on Jan. 6 following the Capitol violence, Cheney said, “There’s no question that the president created the mob, the president instigated the mob. He lit the flame. “
Other GOP congressmen also went along to blame Trump.
The same thing happened over in the Senate. Those who many Trump supporters regard as “RINOs” (only on behalf of Republicans) were also quick to blame Trump. Then, in the wake of the Washington DC violence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said:
“The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people. And they tried, with fear and violence, to stop a certain procedure of the first branch of the federal government that they did not like. But we kept going. “
When will the elected members of @GOP stop being cowards and oppose this RINO ?!
EXPEL @RepLizCheney NOW !!! https: //t.co/z4FEdHdKoI
– Anthony Sabatini MP (@AnthonySabatini) April 26, 2021
RELATED: Republicans Pressure John Kerry to Resign After NYT Iran Audio Leaked – What We Know So Far
GOP before classic establishment Vs. Young Guns clash
What is happening within the Republican Party may be nothing more than a simple case in which the establishment’s old guard clashes with relatively younger, more frequently newly elected, young party’s weapons.
The latter are fed up with the status quo of the establishment and aren’t afraid to take on the Democrats.
The young guns are also not afraid to take over members of their own party. On Monday, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said it was “stupid” not to invite Trump to retreat.
Greene argued, “Do you remember when the Republicans lost the house in 2018 because some of them distanced themselves from President Trump? Not inviting President Trump to the GOP retreat is the same stupid behavior. Funny that they don’t understand the number of votes and the support of an R-President. “
Greene is one of a handful of Republican lawmakers, including Reps Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Lauren Boebert (R-CO), who are not afraid to call out high-ranking members of the GOP.
Based on every known measure, Cheney is wrong about Trump’s position among GOP voters.
A CNBC poll in February found that 74% of Republicans want Donald Trump to remain politically active in some way, and 48% want him to remain the perceived leader of the Republican Party.
The Democrats have their own problems managing their party’s AOC wing, but a sizable GOP divide could quickly bring them together.
The bottom line for Republicans is that Trump or no Trump, 2022, is fast approaching.
Remember when the Republicans lost the house in 2018 because some of them distanced themselves from President Trump?
Not inviting President Trump to the GOP retreat is the same stupid behavior.
Funny that they don’t understand the number of votes and the support of an R-President.
– Marjorie Taylor Greene (@mtgreenee) April 26, 2021
Now is the time to support and share the sources you trust.
The political insider ranks 16th in the feedspots “Top 70 Conservative Political Blogs, Websites and Influencers in 2021”.