On CNN Wednesday, special correspondent Jamie Gangel gave insight into how the House GOP's caucus meeting on the future of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) went off the rails — with one lawmaker in Pennsylvania making an analogy that several GOP women found offensive.
"[Minority Leader] Kevin McCarthy says he supports Liz Cheney remaining in her current leadership position, the number 3 Republican in the House," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "She did vote, one of ten Republicans, to impeach the former president. She said this at the time. "The president of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and then lit the flame of this attack." Then she added, "There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution." So a lot of Republicans in the House say they totally disagree with what she said and what she did."
"That's true, Wolf, but it was supposed to be a vote of conscience," said Gangel. "It wasn't just Liz Cheney. There were ten of them. I will say this about Kevin McCarthy: he says he supports her. But — there's always this but — he has concerns. If he really supported her, we wouldn't be in this place today."
"The other thing — there was one anecdote that a member just texted me from inside the meeting just now that I think also speaks to a certain tone," said Gangel. "Mike Kelly from Pennsylvania stood up and said that seeing Cheney's statement was like playing at a big football game and looking up to see your girlfriend sitting in the opposing team's stand. To which women in the caucus yelled at him, "Liz isn't your girlfriend." So there is just this running wild that Kevin McCarthy has let happen that is not leadership, Wolf."