Rep. Jim Jordan weighs in on Liz Cheney, Marjorie Taylor Greene controversies

Henrietta Brewer
February 4, 2021

Still, McCarthy is walking a fine line, needing to strike a position on Greene that won't alienate some of his most conservative members, unleash the ire of former President Trump or set a precedent that allows members to be pulled from committees for comments they made before they were in Congress.

Liz Cheney, a top Republican in the House, has prompted ire from Trump loyalists for voting to impeach him.

In his statement McCarthy said, "Past comments from and endorsed by Marjorie Taylor Greene on school shootings, political violence, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories do not represent the values or beliefs of the House Republican Conference".

The 211 House Republican lawmakers were scheduled to hold a private meeting later on Wednesday to discuss the controversies.

But there are many who criticize her.

But now comes McConnell weighing in on some doings inside the Republican Party's House conference.

Republicans in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday face questions about whether to discipline a pair of strikingly different Representatives Liz Cheney and Marjorie Taylor Greene, decisions that will send a strong signal about the party's future.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has also weighed in on Greene, saying in a statement Monday that didn't directly cite her by name, that "looney lies and conspiracy theories" are a "cancer for the Republican Party".

"We can either become a fringe party that never wins elections or rebuild the big tent party of Reagan", Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, one of the few elected Republicans who routinely rebuked Trump, said in a written statement.

McCarthy has always been close to Trump.

"Either he is sh*tting the bed on this thing or he shows he's gonna get us through this", one Republican member said on the condition of background in order to speak freely about ongoing discussions.

The handling of Greene and Cheney presented a tricky balancing act for McCarthy.

"If the Democrat Majority wants to go down this road, they should start by dealing with their own members who have been at this before and AFTER their election to Congress", Babin said, without excusing Greene, highlighting conspiratorial and inflammatory claims made by Omar. It was the latest indication of his concerns about letting the GOP's most pro-Trump, hardest-right factions gain too much sway in the party. "The whole nature of the Trump phenomenon is there is no appeasement".

"I'm the Democrat mob's public enemy number one", Greene said in a tweet on Tuesday. But he's been criticized by some Republicans, mostly quietly, for relentlessly supporting Trump's fallacious claims of a fraudulent election in November and for not forcefully criticizing Trump for helping provoke the deadly January 6 attack on the Capitol by his supporters.

[On Cheney and Greene] When you start having people in Washington dictate what happens to two members of Congress and what committees they can serve on, what they can do, and not leave that decision to the voters in the district, to the American people, that is a unsafe road to head down.

But it was unclear Wednesday whether that vote among GOP lawmakers would occur or if McCarthy would somehow delay that showdown. "Let the voters decide in the next election", he said, adding, "she is a problem for our party".

Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., a leader of the effort to oust Cheney, says he has enough support to succeed.

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