Romney defends Cheney: She ‘refuses to lie’

Cheney is one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, when a pro-Trump mob breached the building. 

She and McCarthy are taking fundamentally different approaches to both the direction of the party and how to handle the former president. Cheney is not shying away from calling out Trump’s false election claims, while McCarthy is actively trying to court Trump’s favor with his eye on 2022 and winning the Speaker’s gavel. 

After days of increasingly public drama, McCarthy told “Fox & Friends” that he had “heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair” — remarks widely viewed as signaling he won’t be coming to Cheney’s defense in another attempt to oust her from her leadership position.

He was also overheard on a hot mic saying he has “had it” with Cheney and had “lost confidence” in the Wyoming Republican and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. 

Both Romney and Collins voted to convict Trump at the end of his second impeachment trial earlier this year. 

Romney, the party’s 2012 presidential nominee, has been one of the few Senate Republicans most willing to criticize Trump. He was the only Republican to vote to convict on one of the articles of impeachment during Trump’s Senate trial in 2020.

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