GOP Leader McCarthy Endorses Cheney's Primary Challenger

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    The Facts

    • House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) voiced his support for Harriet Hageman in her primary race to unseat incumbent Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY).

    • The highly unusual move comes after the GOP voted to censure Cheney earlier this month, paving the way for the national party to support a challenger for the state's only House seat.


    The Spin

    Democratic narrative

    According to the upside-down rules of today's Republican Party, telling the truth about the grave threat to our democracy posed by Trump, his lies, and his embrace of violence as a means of political discourse makes you a "Republican in Name Only" (RINO). Conservativism has been hijacked by a loyalty cult devoted to one corrupt man.

    Pro-Trump narrative

    Cheney herself has broken ranks with the GOP, donating the maximum amount to her own colleague Thomas Massie's (R-KY) primary challenger in 2020. Now she's stuck appealing to the Radical Left "Never Trumpers" to fund her flailing campaign in a state where voters overwhelmingly back Trump's GOP.


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