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Behind the scenes, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has reportedly been urging his colleagues to stop the incessant infighting and instead focus on pushing back against President Joe Biden and planning ahead for a takeover of the House in 2022.

According to multiple reports, during a conference call Wednesday hosted by the National Republican Congressional Committee, McCarthy tore into those of his colleagues who’ve been publicly duking it out over former President Donald Trump’s impeachment.



Cut that crap out. No more attacks to one another,” he bluntly said, according to two sources who spoke with CNN.

“McCarthy said he’s had personal discussions with individual members and warned that a continued GOP vs. GOP battle will only benefit Democrats as his party aims to recapture the majority in next year’s midterms,” CNN reported.

Other outlets obtained similar confirmations.

“During a private conference call, McCarthy told members that they should be spending more time countering the Biden agenda than chastising each other, adding he would no longer have any tolerance for such behavior,” Politico reported.

Of particular concern to McCarthy was all the infighting between those House Republicans who voted against Trump’s second impeachment, and those GOP members like Rep. Liz Cheney who voted for his impeachment.

But it’s not that McCarthy necessarily feels that Republicans like Cheney should be let off the hook for their perceived treachery, but rather that he’d apparently prefer that the infighting remain private.

“McCarthy … reminded House Republicans that they will have an opportunity to air their grievances during a closed-door meeting in the Capitol next week, where a conservative-led push to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) over her vote to impeach President Donald Trump is expected to come to a head,” according to Politico.

“If you’re not focused on what you’re doing and what the Democrats are doing wrong, and you’re focused on talking about one another, I’m not putting up with that anymore,” the Republican House leader reportedly said on the call.

“But, if you continue to do that, there won’t be a place for you. I want to be very clear to each and every one of you. … It is not a way we’re going to win the majority. You elected me your leader, you can pull me out. But I’ll tell you one thing that’s going to happen. I’m not going to sit back and watch us lose. I’m not going to sit back and watch us make self-inflicted wounds either,” McCarthy allegedly said.

It seems, however, that his colleagues don’t intend to abide by his demands. His plea Wednesday reportedly marked the second time in two weeks that he’d asked his colleagues to “cut that crap out.”

Speaking with reporters, Rep. Matt Gaetz — whose growing beef with Cheney has attracted widespread public attention — said that he’d initially obliged by not “referencing people by name for a day or two.”

But, he added, “as Liz became more problematic with her divergence with the conference, it became untenable not to identify her as against the America First Vision.”

Indeed, his Twitter feed is now a hotbed of anti-Cheney news:

Conversely, McCarthy’s feed is a hotbed of anti-Biden news:

Gaetz is even planning to rally against Cheney during an event scheduled for Thursday at the Wyoming State Capitol.

Meanwhile, while Gaetz intends to spend Thursday campaigning against one of his own colleagues, McCarthy reportedly intends to spend Thursday meeting with Trump to mend fences.

“McCarthy (R-Calif.) was a close Trump ally during his term, but criticized Trump’s actions on Jan. 6 when a crowd stormed the Capitol to disrupt certification of President Biden’s victory,” the New York Post notes. “The meeting in Florida is expected to be a first step toward conservative unity as the Senate takes up Trump’s impeachment trial next month.”

Because the former president was banned from all major social media networks, it’s unclear how he feels about the ongoing drama. All that’s known is that he’s been busy behind the scenes assembling a team to handle his impeachment trial, which is scheduled to commence on Feb. 9th.

Vivek Saxena

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