Mitch McConnell can’t seem to make up his mind between supporting every member of the GOP and calling out those who criticize other members of the party.
On Wednesday, the Senate Minority Leader said he stands by the praise he recently gave Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney, even after she was voted out of the GOP leadership team in the House of Representatives. In fact, McConnell really side-stepped the issue altogether following the House GOP’s vote this week.
Fox News asked McConnell about comments he made about Cheney in February. Then, he said she was a “leader of deep conviction” and also an “important leader in our party and our nation.
In response to that question on Wednesday, McConnell stood by those comments. He said:
“Well, there is no change. I stand by what I said about Liz Cheney before. I’m a great admirer of hers. But as to who is supposed to be in the leadership in the House, that’s up to House Republicans.”
McConnell was then asked whether he thought House Republicans made a good decision to remove Cheney from her position. He replied:
“Look, it’s up to the House to make these kinds of decisions.”
Earlier Wednesday, Republicans in the House held a secret ballot vote behind closed doors. The outcome of that vote was that Cheney was removed from her position as conference chair.
Cheney has drawn the ire of many Republicans in the House over her repeated criticisms of former President Donald Trump, and those who have chosen to continue to support and follow him. She has repeatedly said that Trump’s claims that the 2020 presidential election were stolen are false.
McConnell himself has seemingly flip-flopped on the issue. While he voted to acquit the former president earlier this year at his second impeachment trial, he did say Trump was “morally responsible” for the attack on the U.S. Capitol building on January 6.
McConnell then went ahead and said that the reason he voted to acquit Trump wasn’t that he wasn’t guilty of the charges, but that the charges don’t apply since he was no longer in the White House by the time of the Senate trial.
The Minority Leader in the Senate has also dismissed the claims of widespread voter fraud in the election. He even said that Congress overturning the election would put democracy in a “death spiral.”
Just before the attacks on January 6, McConnell commented:
“I supported the president’s right to use the legal system, dozens of lawsuits … But over and over, the courts rejected these claims, including all-star judges whom the president himself has nominated.”
McConnell seemingly supports Trump when it’s convenient for him, and then goes against him when it suits him as well.
This is exactly what he’s doing in regard to Cheney and the House. Instead of taking a stand against her and supporting the GOP leaders in the House, he’s avoiding the conversation altogether.