House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerPelosi says she's open to stock trading ban for Congress Former Maryland rep announces bid for old House seat Fury over voting rights fight turns personal on Capitol Hill MORE (D-Md.) said Wednesday that it is a "shame" that Republicans are on the verge of ousting Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyHow Kevin McCarthy sold his soul to Donald Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks, Senate balks Supreme Court rejects Trump's bid to shield records from Jan. 6 committee MORE (R-Wyo.) as a member of House leadership because she rejects former President TrumpDonald TrumpPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump MORE's false claims about election fraud.
“I think Liz Cheney’s greatest offense apparently is she is principled and she believes in the truth,” Hoyer told Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty during a Post Live event.
“She’s obviously a very conservative Republican from the state of Wyoming, so it’s not a question of ideology. It’s a question of cult. It's a question of cult of personality — that if you’re not 1,000 percent for Donald Trump, somehow you’re not a good Republican, you’re not worthy of being in the leadership," Hoyer continued.
"It is a shame that the party has fallen to the place where a Liz Cheney, as I said, principled, committed to the truth and a conservative Republican, is somehow not accepted as a leader in the Republican Party," he said.
The top two House Republicans, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyHouse GOP leaders vow to end proxy voting despite widespread use among Republicans Jan. 6 committee asks Ivanka Trump to sit for interview How Kevin McCarthy sold his soul to Donald Trump MORE (Calif.) and Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseSupreme Court handcuffs Biden on vaccinations House GOP campaign arm rakes in 0M in 2021 House Republicans call for oversight into Biden's 'failed' COVID-19 response MORE (La.), have both begun publicly breaking with Cheney in recent days as a growing number of GOP lawmakers call for removing her from the third-ranking leadership post.
McCarthy said on a hot mic before a Fox News interview on Tuesday that he's "had it with her" and "lost confidence," while Scalise is openly expressing support for Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikHouse GOP leaders vow to end proxy voting despite widespread use among Republicans House GOP campaign arm rakes in 0M in 2021 JD Vance raises more than million in second fundraising quarter for Ohio Senate bid MORE (R-N.Y.) to replace Cheney as GOP conference chair.
McCarthy said on air during the Fox News interview that Republicans are concerned that Cheney, who voted to impeach Trump for inciting the mob that attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, isn't carrying the message that most members of the party want.
“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.
A Cheney spokesperson responded to McCarthy by saying she won't "perpetuate lies" or "whitewash" the Jan. 6 insurrection.
"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.