A senior Republican revealed what cost Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) her leadership position in the House GOP conference.
The Wyoming Republican survived a challenge to her No. 3 leadership spot in February, when the conference voted 145-61 to keep her as chair despite her vote to impeach former president Donald Trump, but a senior GOP lawmaker -- who refused to go on the record -- told the Washington Post why Cheney will almost certainly lose her position next week.
"I wish [Cheney] would not be as voluble as she's been — she's made her point but she's now gotten this image of her fist bumping the president," the senior Republican said. "She's said what she wanted to say but don't put yourself in a place where you fist bump [President Joe] Biden. He was a friend of your dad's but don't give him an easy shot."
The lawmaker agreed with Cheney's position but remained hopeful that Trump would just go away on his own.
"She's absolutely right and I herald her courage but I want her to be viable for the future," the Republican said. "Let's turn the page on [Trump] by turning the page."
GOP pollster roasts Trump for social media bans: 'With every passing month he'll become less relevant'
Longtime GOP polling guru Frank Luntz on Thursday roasted former President Donald Trump for getting himself banned from multiple social media platforms by continuing to spout lies about the 2020 presidential election.
Appearing on a New York Times podcast with Kara Swisher, Luntz predicted that Trump would never again achieve the clout he once had when he used Twitter to devour media attention and propel himself into the White House.
"With every passing month he'll become less and less relevant," Luntz predicted.
Swisher then asked for Luntz's reaction to Trump's continued social media ban.
Luntz said that he usually agreed with conservatives who decry being "canceled" or "censored" by big tech platforms, but he also thinks Trump is a special case.
"If the president is saying something that isn't true -- that he won the 2020 election and then it was stolen -- and if we know that's going to cause people to do things that are violent and anti-social and potentially undermine the strength of this republic... all of that has to be considered," he said.
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough thinks Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is making a long-term gamble by facing down Donald Trump's control of the Republican Party.
The Wyoming Republican is locked in a power struggle with her own party, which will likely vote to remove her as GOP conference chair and replace her with a Trump loyalist, but the "Morning Joe" host thinks Cheney may be positioning herself for a presidential run.
"It doesn't make sense when you're talking about Republican politics, but it is so important to remember that we are talking about Republican primaries," Scarborough said. a lot of people are talking about what happened in Texas. That was a Republican Party where the guy that was very conservative, the former Marine, the guy that spoke out and said, 'Hey, we need to move beyond Donald Trump,' he was running a campaign in Texas, a Republican primary. I don't know if he expected people to come out and hand him daisies and vote for him, but it's probably not going to happen deep in the heart of Texas."
That candidate, Michael Wood, finished ninth in last week's special election with just 3.2 percent of the vote, but Scarborough said the playing field may look much difference in 2024.
"If you're making the calculation that Liz Cheney is making, okay, maybe 20 [percent], 25 percent of Republicans agree with me," Scarborough said. "Maybe by the time 2024 comes along, Donald Trump's been charged by New York prosecutors. Maybe that number's a little higher. Maybe by then, it's 30 [percent] to 35 percent of the people want to move past. So you have a presidential field that has Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz and -- you name it, Nikki Haley, 10 other people pledging fealty to Donald Trump, and then you've got one anti-Trump candidate, one pro-conservative, anti-Trump candidate, and if you're gaming things out, that's not a really bad place for Liz Cheney to be in 2024."
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