“I think it’s very dangerous. I think that we have to recognize how quickly things can unravel. We have to recognize what it means for the nation to have a former President who has not conceded, and who continues to suggest that our electoral system cannot function, cannot do the will of the people,” Cheney informed ABC News when requested what it signifies that Stefanik, who had the backing of Trump, was picked to substitute her.
Pressed on whether or not she meant Stefanik’s ascension in management might imply that the occasions of January 6 might occur once more, Cheney stated: “I think there’s no question. We’ve now seen the consequences. We’ve seen how far President Trump was willing to go. We’ve seen not only his provocation of the attack, but his refusal to send help when it was needed.”
“I am firmly committed to being part of leading this party back to a place where we believe and advocate on behalf of policies and substance,” Cheney stated in an interview on Sunday with Fox News, by which she additionally accused McCarthy and Stefanik of being complicit in the former President’s election lies.
But in a separate interview with the community, Stefanik tore into her predecessor, saying Cheney “is looking backwards, and Republicans are looking forward.” Trump, the New York congressman stated, is “an important voice in the Republican Party.”
“He’s critical to the party. He’s the leader of the Republican Party,” she stated. “Voters determine the leader of the Republican Party and they continue to look to President Trump for his vision and he’s going to be important part of us winning the back the House in 2022.”
The break up in the party performed out in dueling interviews Sunday, with Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a Republican from Texas, defending the caucus’ determination to oust Cheney from her publish and arguing it is time to move on from the drama surrounding it.
“We can keep having that fight if we’d like, but what is the point and what is the outcome when in reality we need to be talking about the things that American people actually care about,” Crenshaw informed NBC News.
But his colleague, Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, informed the identical community in an interview on Sunday that the GOP can’t move past the 2020 election and the Capitol rebellion as lengthy as Trump continues to advance false claims of election fraud and Republican management continues to empower him.
“You can’t say (Trump) is the leader and then say ‘we have to move on.’ I would love to move on,” Kinzinger stated, defending Cheney by saying she “simply answered questions that the election wasn’t stolen.”
Meanwhile, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a average Republican, informed NCS’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” Sunday that his party made a mistake by punishing Cheney final week.
“I’ve said that this is a four-year battle for the soul of the Republican Party. We’ve got another election coming up next year in 2022. You know, I think it was a mistake. Liz Cheney is a solid conservative Republican … and to ostracize somebody, remove them from their leadership position, is crazy,” he stated.
NCS’s Aaron Pellish, Nicky Robertson and Daniella Diaz contributed to this report.