House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is insisting that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) was not stripped of her leadership position to punish her for speaking out against former President Donald Trump.
During a press conference on Thursday, McCarthy was asked, “Why is it that the only thing Republicans will punish one of their own members for, in this Congress, is speaking out against Donald Trump?”
“How is it? I don’t understand your question,” the California Republican responded.
The reporter said, “The only Republican who’s been in any way punished by the conference this year is Liz Cheney.”
“I’m sorry, did she lose a committee?” McCarthy asked.
When the reporter noted that the Wyoming Republican Congresswoman was stripped of her leadership position, the Republican leader said, “That’s an election. She didn’t get punished by that. She lost an election. I’m sorry. People go up for election all the time. No basis there.”
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Just two Republicans voted in favor of the measure. One Republican voted present.
“I called him when I heard about the video, and he made a statement that he doesn’t support violence, and he took the video down.”
However, the network noted McCarthy did “not directly condemn Gosar’s behavior.”
Earlier this year, House Republicans voted to remove Cheney from her role as the No. 3 Republican in the chamber after she repeatedly criticized Trump.
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