WASHINGTON — Consultant Kevin McCarthy, the minority chief, on Sunday formally endorsed Consultant Elise Stefanik in her bid to oust the No. 3 Home Republican, Consultant Liz Cheney, who has hemorrhaged assist over her repudiation of former President Donald J. Trump’s lies about election fraud.
“Sure, I do,” Mr. McCarthy instructed the Fox Information host Maria Bartiromo when she requested whether or not he supported Ms. Stefanik’s push to change into the Republican convention chairwoman.
“We have to be united, and that begins with management,” Mr. McCarthy mentioned. “That’s why we can have a vote subsequent week.”
The endorsement from Mr. McCarthy — who had been working behind the scenes on Ms. Stefanik’s behalf for days — got here after Mr. Trump and Consultant Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the No. 2 Home Republican, endorsed Ms. Stefanik.
The transfer made clear that fealty to Mr. Trump and willingness to embrace his false claims of election fraud have change into the last word litmus assessments amongst Republicans for holding a management place within the Home. Ms. Cheney, who represents Wyoming and was as soon as thought-about a future speaker, has a extra conservative voting document than Ms. Stefanik. However Ms. Stefanik, a fourth-term congresswoman from New York, has joined in Mr. Trump’s efforts to forged doubt on the legitimacy of President Biden’s victory within the 2020 election.
Consultant Jim Banks of Indiana, the chairman of the conservative Republican Research Committee, made the case in opposition to Ms. Cheney on “Fox Information Sunday.”
“Proper now it’s clear that she doesn’t characterize the views of nearly all of our convention,” Mr. Banks, who has co-sponsored laws with Ms. Cheney opposing troop reductions in Afghanistan, instructed the present’s host, Chris Wallace.
Mr. Banks — who like Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Scalise joined in objections to certifying Mr. Biden’s victory — added that his cut up from Ms. Cheney got here after she criticized a memo he had written outlining a method for profitable working-class voters.
“Liz Cheney is the one Republican chief who attacked the memo about making the Republican Celebration the occasion of the working class,” he mentioned.
Some Home Republicans tried to oust Ms. Cheney from her management publish in February after she voted to question Mr. Trump for his position in inciting the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. Ms. Cheney simply turned again that problem — profitable a 145-to-61 caucus vote — after Mr. McCarthy delivered an impassioned speech in her protection.
However now it’s different Republicans who’re rallying to her aspect.
Senator Invoice Cassidy of Louisiana, who voted to convict Mr. Trump in his second impeachment trial, argued that the occasion wanted to undertake a bigger-tent philosophy wherein each supporters and critics of Mr. Trump had been welcome.
“You have a look at polls, there’s a complete group of parents that agree with Liz Cheney, and so for us to win in 2022 and 2024, we want everyone,” Mr. Cassidy mentioned Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Consultant Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois, identified that Mr. McCarthy had mentioned Mr. Trump bore duty for the Capitol riot — solely to later insist that others cease speaking about it.
“It’s unbelievable,” Mr. Kinzinger mentioned on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “Liz Cheney is saying precisely what Kevin McCarthy mentioned the day of the riot. She has simply constantly been saying it.”
“For me, I’m a conservative,” he added. “I’m going to battle for the soul of this occasion. However each member, not simply management, each congressman, each state consultant, each member of the occasion that pulls a poll within the main has to determine, are we going to exist on lies or exist on the reality?”