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McCarthy: House Republicans ‘concerned’ Cheney can’t carry out her job

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Tuesday said members of his caucus are “concerned” about Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-Wyo.) ability to carry out her job as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference as the party becomes increasingly impatient with her anti-Trump stance.

When asked by “Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy about reports that Republicans are unhappy with Cheney in leadership because of her vote to impeach former President Trump, McCarthy said the concern is not her vote on impeachment but rather her ability to carry out the party’s message.”

“There’s no concern about how she voted on impeachment. That decision has been made. I have heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair — to carry out the message,” McCarthy said.

“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 continued.

McCarthy added that his caucus is more concerned with “what’s our best step forward that we could all work together instead of attacking one another.”

A Cheney spokesperson responded to McCarthy’s comments, writing that the congresswoman will not “perpetuate lies” regarding the 2020 election or “whitewash” the events of Jan. 6, which he said is the “issue” the minority leader has with the GOP conference chair.

“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,” Jeremy Adler, a spokesperson for Cheney, told The Hill.

These comments come as reports circulate of Republicans becoming frustrated with Cheney’s anti-Trump stance and vowing to oust her from her leadership position.

One GOP lawmaker said circumstances are “at a boiling point.”

Cheney, however, has not signaled any plans to soften her stance. On Monday, she reportedly lambasted Trump over the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, saying at a retreat behind closed doors that his actions were “a line that cannot be crossed.”

Earlier on Monday, Cheney publicly slammed Trump for his repeated false claims that the election was stolen.

Updated 11:53 a.m.

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