Former President Donald Trump took aim at Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) on Monday, blasting “big-shot warmonger” Cheney and declaring her Wyoming political career over while slamming “RINO” Romney as a “stone cold [sic] loser.”
Good to see that Donald hasn’t lost his “flair” for the written word, huh?
Trump appeared to kick off the festivities on Monday with a one-sentence declaration:
“The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!“
Personally, my days of relitigating the election and its results are over. We long ago reached the point where nobody on either side of the issue was ever going to change his or her mind — or the mind(s) of anyone else — regardless of facts, evidence, or lack thereof.
However, Cheney did see fit to respond to Trump’s declaration, tweeting:
The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 3, 2021
I got nothin’.
Aaand… Trump issued a reply through Save America PAC:
“Heartwarming to read new polls on big-shot warmonger Liz Cheney of the great State of Wyoming. She is so low that her only chance would be if vast numbers of people run against her which, hopefully, won’t happen. They never liked her much, but I say she’ll never run in a Wyoming election again!”
Trump might very well be proved right. Somewhere else that’s like to happen —and sooner rather than later — is in the battle brewing over the future of the House Republican Leadership team, which as of today, appears ready to boil over.
NEW: Kevin McCarthy was caught trashing Liz Cheney on a hot mic, saying, “I think she’s got real problems” and that he’s “lost confidence” in her. https://t.co/FONJlAaDAE
— Axios (@axios) May 4, 2021
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was caught on an open mic on Tuesday, as my colleague Bonchie reported, saying he’s “lost confidence” in Cheney — and then some:
“I think she’s got real problems,” McCarthy told Steve Doocy off-air ahead of a live “Fox and Friends” interview.
“I’ve had it with … I’ve had it with her. You know, I’ve lost confidence. … Well, someone just has to bring a motion, but I assume that will probably take place.”
As Bonchie noted, McCarthy outlined how Cheney, the House Conference Chair, could be removed by a vote from the chamber’s members. Moreover, McCarthy’s comments contrasted with those he made during his on-air interview when he told Doocy he’d heard from members who are concerned about Cheney’s ability to carry out her job as a party leader. That was as far as he’d go — on-air.
Cheney spokesperson Jeremy Adler, in response to McCarthy’s Fox News interview, had a “slightly” different view of the situation.
“This is about whether the Republican Party is going to perpetuate lies about the 2020 election and attempt whitewash what happened on January 6. Liz will not do that. That is the issue.”
— New York Post (@nypost) May 4, 2021
Yup. Trump suggested he was happy to see Romney roundly booed at the recent Utah Republican State Convention.
“So nice to see RINO Mitt Romney booed off the stage at the Utah Republican State Convention. They are among the earliest to have figured this guy out, a stone cold [sic] loser!”
“You can boo all you like,” Romney, who voted to impeach Trump twice, told the more than 2,100 Republican delegates in attendance.
And there it was. I can’t say I found myself “misty-eyed,” but then again, that little walk down memory lane — harkening back to the time, not all that long ago, when Donald ruled the roost on Twitter — know what I mean?
The “good ol’ days” for some. For others, not so much.