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McConnell and Cheney Condemn Marjorie Taylor Greene as a Cancer to the GOP

Erik Sofranko

Posted on February 8, 2021 23:07

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Republican Party leadership has made it clear that it will not tolerate extremism.

Newly elected Georgia Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has been condemned by GOP leadership for her fringe beliefs in QAnon conspiracy theories she has shared on Twitter. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed Greene as woman of "loony lies" and a "cancer" to the Republican Party.

"Somebody who's suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.'s airplane is not living in reality," McConnell said. "This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party."

This signals a deep division within the Republican Party between the Trump wing and the more traditional conservative wing. Representative Liz Cheney has been criticized by Trump allies including Jim Jordan and Matt Gaetz for her decision to support impeaching Trump for a second time for his role in the mob riots on the Capitol on January 6th. However, the majority of the party voted in favor of keeping Cheney in her leadership position.

Liz Cheney responded to her colleagues voting to keep her in party leadership: "I think this vote and conference made very clear, we are the party of Lincoln, we are not the party of QAnon or anti-Semitism or Holocaust deniers, or white supremacy or conspiracy theories. That's not who we are."

Cheney defended her decision to vote to impeach Trump: "The extent to which the president, President Trump, for months leading up to January 6th spread the notion that the election had been stolen or that the election was rigged was a lie and people need to understand that. We need to make sure that we as Republicans are the party of truth, that we are being honest about what really did happen in 2020 so we actually have a chance to win in 2022 and win the White House back in 2024."

After representative Marjorie Taylor Greene apologized for spreading QAnon conspiracy theories, she doubled down on her support for Trump as she believes "the party belongs to Trump. It doesn't belong to anybody else."

Cheney pushed back on Greene's comments and made it clear that the GOP should have nothing to do with Trump or Trumpism if the party wishes to regain power in Washington D.C. The GOP is trying to win back reliable voters that it lost during the Trump era, particularly suburban women voters. 

Many Republicans have tweeted support for Liz Cheney's role in the party, including Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, who believes Cheney is a principled leader with a backbone. Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger and Florida Rep. Maria Salazar have also been very vocal in support for Cheney as they have stated the GOP needs to make it clear that it is still the party of Lincoln and Reagan and not fringe conspiracy theorists, who damage the party's credibility.

Erik Sofranko

Posted on February 8, 2021 23:07

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