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Meghan McCain, the daughter of deceased GOP Sen. John McCain, has threatened hellfire for the Republican Party if congressional Republicans vote to oust embattled Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership role.
In a fiery rant Wednesday on ABC’s “The View,” the ostensible conservative — ostensible in the sense that, while she sometimes sticks up for Republican principles, at other times she sticks up for leftist principles — McCain said bluntly that “there’s going to be consequences” if the “sausage fest of MAGA” doesn’t do what she wants.
Listen to her rant below:
.@MeghanMcCain: “The message that’s being sent by the highest member of Republicans in Congress is that women like me and Liz Cheney, who refuse to bend the knee to President Trump but still remain loyal Republicans — we don’t have a place in this party.” pic.twitter.com/9U8XqlaYUZ
— The View (@TheView) May 5, 2021
The rant was prompted by the emerging drive among House Republicans to oust Cheney from her role as the chair of the House Republican Conference. McCain is convinced the push for Cheney’s ouster is rooted in her anti-Trump animus.
“I’m going to be a little crass: They’re shivving her for her going on television multiple times and saying that the election wasn’t stolen and for refusing to debase herself to Cheeto Jesus,” McCain claimed on “The View.”
“I don’t understand what’s going on. I have spent the past five years of my life trying to accept, understand and include the MAGA base of this party, and the message that’s being sent by the highest members of Republicans in Congress is that women like me and Liz Cheney who refuse to bend the knee to President Trump but still remain loyal Republicans, we don’t have a place in this party, we are worthless, we are not worth fighting for to keep,” she added.
McCarthy has repeatedly insisted that the drive to oust Cheney has less to do with former President Donald Trump and more to do with her antics, i.e., appearing on MSNBC to trash-talk her colleagues, fist-bumping President Joe Biden, etc. But it appears this point hasn’t registered with either her or her allies.
Case in point: “And I think it is Kafkaesque to try and spin this in a way that this is about anything else but her not supporting President Trump,” McCain maintained.
“And the leadership in the party is doubling down that Trump is the future. Now, what happened when we doubled down that Trump is the future? We lost four — count them — four Senate seats in the last election in red states, including in my home state of Arizona. We lost a giant election, spectacularly,” she added.
But Republicans also flipped 15 House seats. And looking ahead, even congressional Democrats fear that a Republican comeback in 2022 is a stark possibility.
We could get ‘f—ing torn apart in 2022’: Inside scoop of frantic House Democrat Caucus call https://t.co/JIPxhhNTgP
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 6, 2020
“Midterms are coming up, and President Biden is expanding the government in a way that is the largest since LBJ. That’s what we should be focusing on, but instead we are going to bloodlet the party from women like me — college-educated women that lost you the election in the first place — I don’t understand it. It’s the most asinine politics I have seen in a really, really long time in a cacophony of asinine politics,” McCain continued.
“I feel very defensive of Liz Cheney, and if you do this, which it looks like they’re going to do, I promise you there will be consequences. One way or another, there’s going to be consequences. So go ahead in this sausage fest of MAGA up on Capitol Hill, pull her out and put another woman in who will do and say anything you want for President Trump — ‘the election was stolen, he’s Jesus, it’s only Trumpism going forward’ — see where’s this lands us in midterms. I’m absolutely furious,” she added.
No congressional Republican has ever decreed that Trump is Jesus.
Following her rant, the hashtag #CheetoJesus began to trend, much to her delight:
#CheetoJesus is trending. You guys… 😆🤣
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) May 5, 2021
What’s notable is that all the Twitter users who replied to praise McCain for her rant appear to be woke, far-left Democrats, including CNN’s Asha Rangappa.
The nickname is brilliant but your deadpan delivery was amazing
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) May 5, 2021
It. Was. Perfect.
“sausagefest of MAGA”
“cacophony of asinine politics”
— Vic McVicker (@McVICMizzou) May 5, 2021
I don’t agree with you on many things— but this🤭🤭😂😂😂
— Zullo (@ZulloWarrior) May 5, 2021
Bravo Meghan!!! Well said. Truth will stand when the world is on fire. Because Liz Cheney will not support a lie that is destroying our democracy, the party turns on her. God bless women like Liz and you that stand for truth and our democracy.
— Catherine Taylor 🌊 (@catcat1971) May 5, 2021
Watched the clip of you saying this and seriously got so tickled. You were spot on though. Keep speaking the truth!
— Erin Stults (@erincothren8605) May 5, 2021
As for Cheney’s future in the party, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan told Fox News’ “Fox News Primetime” host Pete Hegseth late Wednesday that “the votes are there” to oust her and confirmed that the vote “will happen, most likely, next Wednesday.”
“You can’t have a Republican conference chair reciting Democrat talking points. You can’t have a Republican conference chair taking a position that 90 percent of the party disagrees with. And you can’t have a Republican party chair consistently speaking out against the individual who 74 million Americans voted for,” he continued.
He added, “This has been a pattern that goes clear back to last fall in the run-up to the election. She was against the president on his Syria policy. She spoke against him on the Russian bounty issue, which we all know was a complete hoax. So it’s a consistent pattern, and finally it just became so much and for so long that our conference says we’ve got to make a change. And I believe that’s going to happen very soon.”
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