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Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz and Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene appeared together at an “America First” rally in Florida this Friday to get some stuff off their chests, particularly stuff about embattled House Republican Conference chair Liz Cheney.
Gaetz argued that, based on what happened during a GOP retreat in Florida late last month, it’s clear that their colleagues in the House should have listened to them both when they’d raised concerns about Cheney months ago.
“I didn’t go to the Republican retreat because I feel like the Republicans have been in a constant state of retreat. I’m ready for an advance, not a retreat,” he said.
“And they go to the retreat, and basically the whole retreat is Kevin McCarthy fighting with Liz Cheney, and I’m watching this thinking, why did they not listen to us like three, four months ago when we said this is not gonna work?” he added.
The retreat became hot headline news in the mainstream press after Cheney bickered publicly with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy by obsessively trash-talking former President Donald Trump as McCarthy instead tried to promote unity and focus the retreat on opposing President Joe Biden’s agenda.
Continuing his remarks, Gaetz made the case that it’s not that he’s against dissent within the Republican Party, but rather that someone who’s as much of a dissenter as Cheney probably shouldn’t be leading the party.
In Cheney’s case, she’s not just opposed to Trump maintaining a leadership role within the Republican Party, according to the Florida congressman. She’s opposed to virtually every other part of the GOP’s agenda.
“When someone’s fundamental view is that we don’t need to work on election integrity, we don’t need to worry about the crisis at the border, we could find four more countries to invade before lunchtime tomorrow, that person should not be the spokesperson of the Republican Party,” he said.
And the fact that his colleagues are just now starting to figure this out — a report emerged last week that things are at a “boiling point” with her — seems telling.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 2, 2021
“We knew that then. I’m glad our colleagues have caught up. Maybe we’re the leaders, Marjorie. They follow us,” Gaetz added.
Greene, who’d also skipped last month’s GOP retreat, concurred.
“I don’t know how much you guys know, but we already tried to remove Liz Cheney as our chairwoman. There was a very big effort there. We voted to kick her out a few months ago. We were ahead on this,” she said.
The problem, she continued, is that, besides being slow to catch up, their colleagues “don’t understand what Matt just described about formulating plans and organizing and putting people in charge where their strengths are,” according to Greene.
And so, instead of “developing something that’s going to work, and aggressively work, while the Democrats are systematically tearing down our country and burning it to the ground,” Republicans remain fixated on all the wrong things, she said.
Cheney, a top Republican, is specifically fixed on Trump and his ultimately irrelevant claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, to the point that she’s now writing op-eds for The Washington Post and making appearances on MSNBC.
Democrats and their media allies have seized on her obsession to falsely argue that Republicans want to remove her from her leadership role for not being deferential enough to Trump. But multiple Republicans have debunked this narrative.
According to Politico, in fact, many Republicans share her feelings about Trump.
“In conversations with nearly a dozen GOP operatives and lawmakers, many of whom are now indifferent to or supportive of Cheney’s ouster, they say they are not unsympathetic to her views either on Trump or on foreign policy, where she is and always has been an important voice within the Republican Party,” the outlet reported Wednesday.
The problem is that she keeps drawing attention “to an issue that divides Republicans,” according to Politico, instead of focusing on pushing back on Biden.
If anything, she seems too busy fist-bumping the president to stand up to him:
“Republican” warmonger Liz Cheney gives Sleepy Joe a fist bump after he delivered a radical socialist vision for the future of America. So glad she’s in the GOP leadership, I guess they wanted to be more inclusive and put Democrats in there too?!? pic.twitter.com/T1qke3TO5b
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 29, 2021
During the “America First” rally Friday, Gaetz also briefly addressed his sex scandal by bashing the mainstream press for trying to deny him due process.
“We have a right to confront our accusers in this country. How about that? There can be no due process here if the only process due to conservatives is to see leaks embroidered onto lies, then just endlessly repeated by the America last media,” he said.
He also took a direct swipe at CNN.
“Today is my birthday, and I already know how CNN’s gonna report it: ‘Matt Gaetz has wild party surrounded by beautiful women in The Villages.’ So just get ready for it,” he said.
In fairness to CNN, Republican women do tend to be hotter than a chili pepper (and hotter than liberals).
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