House Republicans have a real chance of winning back the majority come next year. Despite the positive outlook on the 2022 midterm races, though, leaders of the House GOP remain split regarding their views on former President Trump.
Trump is expected to play a very active role in getting Republicans (re-)elected during the 2022 midterm elections. Right now, the GOP has a goal of taking back control of the House and Senate. Political strategists indicate that Republicans maintain a very strong chance of winning, largely due to how Democrats have handled power thus far.
According to Washington Examiner, some of GOP Rep. Liz Cheney’s remarks on Trump indicate that House GOP leaders are not fully unified in their outlooks on the 45th president.
House Republican Leaders on Former President Trump
On Monday, Cheney told the media that she doesn’t believe Trump will run for the White House again in 2024. This statement was followed by the House Conference Chairwoman’s claim that it’s “important” that the former president not seek the Oval Office again after the fallout from the 2020 presidential election.
Additional remarks from Cheney confirmed that she wouldn’t support Trump’s candidacy for president; however, this places the House Conference Chairwoman at odds with other GOP House leaders. For starters, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have both confirmed that they would back Trump.
Third ranking House Republican Liz Cheney says she stands by her statement that Trump assembled the mob and lit the flame of Jan. 6: “There are ongoing criminal investigations, and those will play out.”
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) April 26, 2021
McCarthy is a known ally of the 45th president; however, McConnell’s admission that he’d back a Trump 2024 candidacy came after he slammed Trump on the congressional floor, following the House’s vote to impeach for a second time.
Due to the divided views on Trump, Leader McCarthy has walked the fine line of not alienating either Trump or Cheney, while remaining allies to both. In fact, McCarthy even opposed efforts to have Cheney ousted from Congress after she voted in favor of impeaching Trump earlier this year.
Trump’s Role in the Midterm Races
Despite Cheney’s anti-Trump views, the former president will play an important role in the midterm elections. Many conservative candidates are also relying on Trump’s endorsements to energize the GOP base and get them out to the polls.
Republicans believe in equal opportunity, freedom, and justice for all. We teach our children the values of tolerance, decency and moral courage. Racism, nativism, and anti-Semitism are evil. History teaches we all have an obligation to confront & reject such malicious hate.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) April 16, 2021
Many pro-Trump Republicans and conservatives across the nation are not supportive of Cheney’s views on Trump. In Wyoming, the House Conference Chairwoman is already the target of several political campaigns to remove her from Congress.
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