Cheney, Turner request return of donations to Massie's primary opponent after racist tweets surface

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyRomney released from hospital after fall over the weekend MAGALand in Orlando Kinzinger: Trump just wants to 'stand in front of a crowd and be adored' MORE (R-Wyo.) and Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio) are requesting the return of contributions made to Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieCan members of Congress carry firearms on the Capitol complex? Republicans rally to keep Cheney in power House Republicans gear up for conference meeting amid party civil war MORE’s (R-Ky.) primary opponent, Todd McMurtry, after news broke that the candidate posted racist tweets in the past. 

Cheney — the No. 3 Republican in the House who led efforts to publicly denounce Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingRep. Gosar denounces 'white racism' after controversial appearance In Marjorie Taylor Greene, a glimpse of the future House votes to kick Greene off committees over embrace of conspiracy theories MORE (R-Iowa) over remarks he made last year about white supremacy and Western civilization — said she was unaware of the comments when the donation was made and that racism should not be tolerated by the party. Turner echoed the Wyoming Republican's comments.

“We as Republicans must not condone racism in any form. Last night I was alerted to tweets by a candidate to whom my political action committee made a contribution. After reviewing the tweets, I asked that the contribution be returned,” Cheney tweeted on Saturday. 



In October, McMurtry reportedly tweeted: "I am in Austin this weekend. Glad to be in this group. #redneck #racist #f---wit Just had the best BBQ of my life."

Massie and Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzSome Republicans say proxy voting gives advantage to Democrats Wray says no evidence of 'antifa' involvement in Jan. 6 attack Republican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC MORE (R-Fla.) took to Twitter to take aim at the Wyoming Republican for the donation to McMurtry.

"@RepLizCheney is the @HouseGOP Chair, guides House GOP messaging, runs all House GOP meetings, and is actively working to elect this guy. Is this her vision for the GOP Conference?" Massie tweeted on Saturday morning.

Massie then went after Turner, alleging that his rebuke of McMurtry’s comments wasn’t strong enough.

.@RepMikeTurner doesn’t even have words for getting caught inviting racism into the party. It’s #refundseason,” he tweeted. 

Gaetz — who previously had tension with Cheney over a vote on war powers earlier this year — defended Massie. 

“.@Liz_Cheney is the GOP Conference Chair. She has $ supported this proudly racist candidate. She owes Republicans an explanation.  Liz - How do you square your support of McMurtry w what you said about Steve King? Do we tolerate Racism if it’s Anti-Massie? Or paired w BBQ?” he tweeted.


Cheney, Turner and the Republican Jewish Coalition made donations to McMurtry after Massie forced members to return to Washington to vote on a $2 trillion coronavirus relief package amid the pandemic last month. 

Massie’s move sparked strong backlash from members on both sides of the aisle and President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE, who argued the Libertarian was putting his congressional colleagues and staff at risk during a health emergency. 

"Looks like a third rate Grandstander named @RepThomasMassie, a Congressman from, unfortunately, a truly GREAT State, Kentucky, wants to vote against the new Save Our Workers Bill in Congress. He just wants the publicity. He can’t stop it, only delay, which is both dangerous & costly," Trump tweeted ahead of the vote on the stimulus package.

"Workers & small businesses need money now in order to survive. Virus wasn’t their fault. It is 'HELL' dealing with the Dems, had to give up some stupid things in order to get the 'big picture' done. 90% GREAT! WIN BACK HOUSE, but throw Massie out of Republican Party!" he added.

Massie at the time argued against passing legislation of that magnitude by unanimous consent because "our republic doesn’t die by unanimous consent."

Updated: 3:26 p.m.