Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace confronted Representative Jim Banks, an Indiana Republican, over his and different GOP lawmakers’ opposition to House Republican Conference Chair Representative Liz Cheney, questioning whether or not it was simply because “she’s not as loyal to Donald Trump?”
Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, is expected to be ousted from her House GOP management function due to her condemnation of Trump for inciting his supporters to assault the U.S. Capitol on January 6 in a bid to overturn President Joe Biden‘s election victory. House Republican leaders are anticipated to substitute her with Representative Elise Stefanik, a New York Republican, regardless of her much less conservative voting report.
Wallace identified to Banks that Cheney clearly has a more staunchly conservative voting report in Congress, noting that she voted in keeping with Trump’s agenda extra typically than Stefanik. “If Cheney is being replaced and she’s clearly, it seems, more conservative than Stefanik—is it just because of the fact that she’s not as loyal to Donald Trump?” he requested.
Banks, chair of the conservative Republican Study Committee caucus, argued that the evaluation “completely misses the point.” The congressman argued that it was about having a extra “unified” Republican Party, saying that Cheney’s repeated criticism of Trump was distracting from the get together’s targets.
“Republicans are almost completely unified in a single mission to oppose the radical, dangerous Biden agenda and win back the majority in the midterm elections,” Banks stated. “And any other focus other than that is a distraction from stopping the Biden administration agenda.”
Looking confused, Wallace continued to press Banks, asking, “What is it about Liz Cheney that isn’t focusing on this mission? She opposes Joe Biden’s agenda very strongly,” he identified.
Banks argued that her opposition to Biden has not been “as seen as much as most of us in the Republican Conference would like to see.”
“I’m the leader of the largest conservative caucus, the Republican Study Committee. Chris, It is uncomfortable at times, but one of my jobs is to hold my Republican leadership accountable for being focused on the Republican ideals that we stand for and the single mission that we have to win back the majority,” the GOP lawmaker stated.
Wallace then requested Banks why he was “unwilling to discuss” Cheney’s “criticism” of Trump.
“I’m not. And as a rank and file member of the House Republican Conference, Liz Cheney or anyone else in our conference can stay focused on other issues unrelated to us winning back the majority in the midterm election,” he stated. “But I know that the belief that I have, Chris, that a majority of our conference has—that she’s lost focus on the single mission that we have.”
Later within the interview, Wallace identified that Cheney has merely been mentioning the fact that Trump continues to lie concerning the 2020 election. “Liz Cheney is saying in fact that Donald Trump contributed to the riot [against the Capitol on January 6],” he stated. “Is it a lie that the election was stolen? Did he [Trump] contribute to the insurrection on the Capitol?”
Banks responded by saying he is by no means stated that the election was “stolen.” However, he stated that he has “very serious concerns with how the election was conducted.” The Indiana Republican was one of many 147 GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden’s victory in key battleground states, backing groundless claims that there have been legitimate issues about widespread voter fraud.
House Republicans are anticipated to take away Cheney from her function as the No. 3 House Republican this week. On Sunday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, asserted in an interview with Fox Business that he backs Stefanik’s bid to unseat Cheney. McCarthy beforehand supported Cheney after a gaggle of GOP House members tried to oust her earlier this 12 months. In addition to McCarthy, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, and Trump have each endorsed Stefanik to substitute Cheney.
Cheney was one of many 10 House Republicans to vote with Democrats to impeach Trump following the assault by his supporters on the Capitol. Ahead of that vote, Cheney blasted the then president, saying that “there has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.” Notably, McCarthy blamed Trump for the assault on the Capitol on the time as nicely, however he declined to vote for the then president’s impeachment.
Although Trump and his allies proceed to declare that the 2020 election was fraudulent, they haven’t supplied proof to substantiate this extraordinary allegation. Dozens of election lawsuits filed in state and federal courts have failed. Even judges appointed by Trump and different Republicans dismissed or rejected the customarily weird allegations. Meanwhile, quite a few audits and recounts in key battleground states—together with in states the place elections had been overseen by Trump-supporting Republicans—have reaffirmed Biden’s victory.
Former Attorney General William Barr, who was extensively considered as considered one of Trump’s most loyal Cabinet members, stated in December that there was “no evidence” of fraud that will impression the election’s final result. And the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on the Department of Homeland Security released a statement in mid-November describing the 2020 election as the “most secure in American history.” The company, which was led by a Trump appointee on the time, defined that there was “no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”
Cheney revealed an opinion article in The Washington Post final week, urging Republicans to reject Trump and push again in opposition to his baseless conspiracy idea concerning the 2020 election.
“The Republican Party is at a turning point, and Republicans must decide whether we are going to choose truth and fidelity to the Constitution. In the immediate wake of the violence of Jan. 6, almost all of us knew the gravity and the cause of what had just happened—we had witnessed it firsthand,” Cheney wrote within the article revealed on Wednesday.
“History is watching. Our children are watching. We must be brave enough to defend the basic principles that underpin and protect our freedom and our democratic process,” the GOP congresswoman wrote.
Newsweek reached out to Cheney’s press secretary for additional remark.