Cheney’s demand to call Trump election lies does not influence House GOP
But GOP lawmakers don’t want to hear it.
And some say Trump really won – categorically rejecting his role in the Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill.
When asked if he thought Trump actually won re-election in 2020, Hice said in an interview, “I believe if it was a fair election, yes. I absolutely believe it.”
“Today’s vote has nothing to do with Liz Cheney’s impeachment vote or anything like that,” Minority Parliamentary Leader Kevin McCarthy told CNN on Wednesday. âYou have jobs inside of leadership and responsibility, and I think people looked at it just from the perspective of whether you’re the conference chair, you’re the messenger.
“I don’t think anyone is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election,” McCarthy said outside the White House, when asked about Cheney’s likely replacement, Representative Elise Stefanik of New York. “I think it’s over sitting here with the president today.”
“I stand by my statement that there are serious problems with electoral irregularities in the state of Georgia, as well as in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin,” Stefanik told reporters.
But when pressed if she still believed those votes were illegitimate, she would just say, “I think there are questions Americans need to answer.”
Some Republicans have rebuffed Trump’s claims, but they are a rarity among the Home GOP.
“I haven’t seen any compelling evidence,” said Rep. Ken Buck, a conservative Republican from Colorado who supported keeping Cheney in office, when asked about the fraud allegations.
âNot if this election takes place today,â Kinzinger told CNN when asked if he would support McCarthy as president of the next Congress. “I can never say what’s going to happen in the future, but today I won’t.”
Still, McCarthy and Stefanik enjoy broad support within the conference, many of whom agree with the idea that there was something wrong last November with the influx of mail-in votes that saw a boom. sharp rise during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I think there were a lot of anomalies in the election,” said Rep. Bill Johnson, a Republican from Ohio. “And I think there was clear evidence from some states that violated their own election laws and their Constitution – hence the Federal Constitution.”
Republicans won’t call Biden’s victory ‘legitimate’
âI’ve always said we should look at the concerns of millions of Americans, including millions of Democrats, about the election; I never said it was stolen or anything like that. I just said why don’t you investigate? Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan said when asked about Cheney’s comments.
But many dodged when asked if Biden’s victory was legitimate.
âYeah, he’s the president, I’ve always said it,â Jordan said when asked if Biden’s victory was legitimate. When asked again if he thinks Biden legitimately won, Jordan added, âLike, our system, the way it works, he’s the president. We know he’s the president. Look at it. what the past four months have been like. ”
When asked a third time if Biden was legitimately elected, Jordan added, “I think we should look at the election results but, yes, he’s the President of the United States, I’ve always said that. . ”
Rep. Buddy Carter, a Republican from Georgia who is considering a Senate bid, said this when asked if he accepts the idea that Biden legitimately won: âI accepted that he won. think there were irregularities. ”
Rep. Darrell Issa, a Californian Republican, said that while he “never doubted” that Biden would win after the polls closed and that Trump and others should come out of the electoral dispute, he did not say categorically that Biden had rightfully won. asked several times.
“I believe we should have stuck to the Constitution, no state without its legislator should have made changes in the way they sent out the ballots,” Issa said. When asked again if he thought Biden’s victory was legitimate, Issa added, “He won the Electoral College vote. And where there are irregularities and multiple states? Yes. A did he commit these irregularities?
Issa would not say if Trump was responsible for the riot on Capitol Hill aimed at stopping the certification of Biden’s victory.
âI’m not here to talk about the past,â Issa said.
House Republicans, however, are clearly angered that Cheney has put these issues back into the fray.
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, a rookie from New York, rejected Cheney’s demands that Republicans should push back on Trump’s election lies.
âEveryone is entitled to their opinion,â Malliotakis said. âYou cannot be president when you disagree with the views of the vast majority of the conference. … I mean what is in the best interests of moving this country forward. … That’s what I want to talk about. You guys want to keep talking about Donald Trump. ”
The recruit started to walk away when asked if she thought the election was indeed stolen from Trump, as the former president continually claims. “Are we still talking about it?” Malliotakis said.
But some Republicans plan to stay focused on the elections that have taken place.
Tenney, the Republican from New York, said she and 28 other Republicans had formed “a electoral integrity caucus” and asked Cheney to join them.
âI tried to involve her in what’s going on in my electoral integrity (caucus), she doesn’t want to talk about it,â Tenney said.
Tenney said she sent Cheney a “nice message” via text message, but was rejected by her colleague over the election issue. “I had a kind of bloody recoil.”
CNN’s Morgan Rimmer contributed to this report.