Republicans say Cheney needs to stop talking about the past. But Trump won't.

Republicans say Rep. Cheney needs to stop talking about the past. But former President Trump won't. - @akarl_smith

5/10/2021 2:32:00 AM

Republicans say Rep. Cheney needs to stop talking about the past. But former President Trump won't. - akarl_smith

Trump has posted more than 20 statements about last fall's election in the past six weeks compared to just one directly criticizing the Biden administration.

that was posting Trump's statements, circumventing its ban on the former president."We're four months after Jan. 6," Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., told CBS's"Face the Nation.""An insurrection, something that was unthinkable in this country. And the message from people who want to get rid of Liz Cheney is to say 'it's just time to focus on the future and move on.' Like this was 10 years ago and we've been obsessed with it since."

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"It's been four months and we have so many people, including our leadership in the party, that has not admitted this is what it is, which was an insurrection led by the president of the United States well deserving of a full accounting from Republicans," said Kinzinger, one of 10 House Republicans, including Cheney, who voted in February to impeach Trump over his conduct around the riot.

The long-simmering House GOP leadership feud heated up last week after Cheney, R-Wyo., responded to Trump's statement attempting to reframe"the big lie" — in which Cheney said rhetoric claiming a stolen election was"poisonous" to American democracy. In a Washington Post

op-ed article published Wednesday, Cheney argued:"While embracing or ignoring Trump’s statements might seem attractive to some for fundraising and political purposes, that approach will do profound long-term damage to our party and our country."

Banks, the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee and a member who objected to certified Electoral College votes in January, defended his vote and a Texas lawsuit he signed seeking to overturn electoral results. In his Sunday interview, Banks recognized Biden as president and said he never claimed the election was stolen.

"The focus on this program and on other news shows about Liz Cheney and Jan. 6 and Donald Trump distracts us from what we need to do to win back the majority to save this country," Banks said, adding that Cheney has"failed in her mission" as his party's chief spokesperson."We should be pushing back on the radical Biden agenda and this is all a distraction from our ability to do just that."

Cheney could be voted out of her leadership position — one tasked with leading House GOP messaging — as early as Wednesday. Many Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., have decided the path to retaking majority control of Congress in 2022 requires embracing Trump — which means either repeating his false assertions about a stolen election or keeping quiet, neither of which Cheney has been willing to do.

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"Any member can take any position they believe in," McCarthy told Fox News on Sunday."What we're talking about is a position in leadership.""As conference chair, you have one of the most critical jobs as messenger going forward," McCarthy added, saying the person in that role must deliver anti-Biden messaging"day in and day out."

Top Republicans, including McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, havearound Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., as a potential Cheney replacement. Cheney's voting record is considered to be more conservative than hers, but Stefanik has embraced Trump and has echoed his language around last fall's election.

On NBC's"Meet the Press," Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican who has often criticized Trump, said he is bothered"you have to swear fealty to the dear leader or you get kicked out of the party.""It just doesn’t make any sense," he added."It’s sort of a circular firing squad where we’re just attacking members of our own party instead of focusing on solving problems."

Pointing to remarks from an interview Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.,gave to Fox News last week in which heexpressed the belief Republicans"can't grow without Trump," Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., told"Meet the Press" both Trump and Cheney constituencies must be welcomed by the party.

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