Fox News’s senior political correspondent Brit Hume pushed back on leftist media supporters of Rep. Liz Cheney after Republicans ousted her from her leadership position this week, summing up the real reason why the party lost faith in her.
“You know what they say: Better to have someone pissing in the tent than out of the tent. Cheney is officially out,” Punchbowl News founder and NBC/MSNBC correspondent Jake Sherman tweeted Wednesday after Republicans voted to remove Cheney from her chair of the House Republican Conference, the chamber’s No. 3 position within the party.
Hume chimed in, both to correct Sherman’s use of a historic quote while simultaneously explaining Cheney’s loss of support from her caucus.
“The full saying, from LBJ on J. Edgar Hoover, was that it was ‘better to have him inside the tent pissing out than outside the tent pissing in.’ House Republicans gripe with Cheney is that she’s been inside the tent pissing in,” he tweeted in response.
The full saying, from LBJ on J. Edgar Hoover, was that it was “better to have him inside the tent pissing out than outside the tent pissing in.” House Republicans gripe with Cheney is that she’s been inside the tent pissing in. https://t.co/rJCYVL6hF7
— Brit Hume (@brithume) May 12, 2021
On Friday, House Republicans voted to replace Cheney with Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, who had been endorsed by former President Donald Trump as well as GOP ranking members like Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana.
“I’m truly honored and humbled to earn the support of my colleagues to serve as House Republican Conference Chair,” she said in a statement following the 134-46 vote, with nine members voting “present” and three writing in candidates. “House Republicans are united in our focus to fight on behalf of the American people to save our country from the radical Socialist Democrat agenda of President Biden and [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi.
“The American people are experiencing an economic crisis due to Far-Left radical policies,” the 36-year-old conference chair added. “House Republicans will continue to put forth policies focused on growing our economy and getting people back to work, reopening our schools, promoting American energy independence, securing our border, strengthening our national security, and protecting our Constitution.”
In an interview last week with Fox News, McCarthy explained the party’s disenfranchisement with Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
“There’s no concern about how she voted on impeachment. That decision has been made,” he told “Fox & Friends.” “I have heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as Conference Chair, to carry out the message.
“We all need to be working as one, if we’re able to win the majority,” McCarthy went on. “Remember, majorities are not given. They are earned. And that’s about the message about going forward, combating Joe Biden.”
In a separate interview with Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, McCarthy elaborated.
“What we’re talking about, it’s a position in leadership. We are in one of our biggest battles ever for this nation and the direction, whether this next century will be ours,” the minority leader said.
“As conference chair, you have one of the most critical jobs as the messenger of going forward. Are we talking about what the Democrats are doing on the border? Are we talking about all the missed jobs report that we just had? Are we building an economy?” he added.
Other Republican leaders made similar statements, including Scalise.
“House Republicans need to be solely focused on taking back the House in 2022 and fighting against Speaker Pelosi and President Biden’s radical socialist agenda, and Elise Stefanik is strongly committed to doing that, which is why Whip Scalise has pledged to support her for Conference Chair,” said a statement earlier this month from his office, the New York Post reported.
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