House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy was caught on a hot mic Tuesday saying he's lost confidence in Liz Cheney and, in public remarks, gave his biggest signal yet that her days in the party's leadership are numbered.
McCarthy raised questions about Cheney's ability to carry out her duties as GOP conference chair and told Fox News he's heard from fellow GOP lawmakers they are worried she can't carry out the party's message.
He indicated that could hurt Republican efforts to retake control of the House in next year's midterm election.
'I have heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair - to carry out the message. We all need to be working as one if we're able to win the majority. Remember, majorities are not given; they are earned. And that's about the message about going forward,' he said on 'Fox & Friends.'
But, off camera, McCarthy was even more candid about the Republican congresswoman from Wyoming.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Ahead of his interview, he was heard, on a hot mic, telling 'Fox & Friends' co-host Steve Doocy he's lost confidence in Cheney, Axios reported.
'I think she's got real problems,' McCarthy said. '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.'
For Cheney to be removed from leadership, a GOP lawmaker would have to make a motion to do so that would be voted on by the Republican House members. Cheney survived a secret ballot vote to remove her from leadership earlier this year but the criticism against her has escalated in the past few weeks.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy gave his biggest signal yet on Tuesday that Liz Cheney's days in the party's leadership are numbered
The fight over Rep. Liz Cheney is part of the wider battle over the role of former President Trump in the Republican Party
Cheney's spokesperson shot back, calling on Republicans to speak up against Donald Trump's falsehoods.
'This is about whether the Republican Party is going to perpetuate lies about the 2020 election and attempt to whitewash what happened on Jan 6. Liz will not do that. That is the issue,' said Jeremy Alder.
But McCarthy claimed the internecine battle had nothing to do with Cheney being one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after the January 6th MAGA riot.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'I haven't heard members concerned about her vote on impeachment. It's more concern about the job ability to do and what's our best step forward that we could all work together instead of attacking one another,' he said on 'Fox & Friends,' which is Trump's favorite morning show. The former president is a regular viewer.
In February, Cheney - the No. 3 Republican in the House - survived a leadership vote 145-61 on a secret ballot. The vote was called for by Trump allies in the GOP after her impeachment vote.
McCarthy, who wants to speaker, has been clear his focus is on the 2022 election and winning back control of the House.
He listed his priorities to talk about in next year's midterms.
'Combating Joe Biden and what he's done to this border by making it unsecure and what's coming across. Just what he's doing here about small businesses, not opening schools, not getting us back to work, back to health, back to normal. That's the message we should be talking about,' he said on Fox News.
The fight over Cheney is part of the wider battle over the role of former President Trump in the Republican Party. She has emerged as one of his fiery critics and has repeatedly challenged his false assertion he won the 2020 presidential election - one of the few Republicans to