Anti-Trump Republicans target McCarthy, Scalise, other high-profile conservatives

A coalition of anti-Trump Republicans released a list of GOP lawmakers it plans to target in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyDemocratic caucus chairs call for Boebert committee assignment removal War of words escalates in House The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron's cloud MORE (Calif.), House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseHouse sets up Senate shutdown showdown GOP beginning to jockey for post-election leadership slots The Memo: Omicron poses huge threat to Biden presidency MORE (La.) and other high-profile conservatives.

The Renew America Movement (RAM), which was formed by a group of moderates within the Republican Party after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, said its list of “dividers” includes “13 infamous conspiracy theorists, overt white nationalists, and prominent election deniers” who have “posed a threat to a healthy democracy and a well-functioning republic.”

Also on the list are Republican Reps. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Bob Good (Va.), Burgess Owens (Utah), Madison Cawthorn (N.C.), Dan Bishop (N.C.), Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarWar of words escalates in House McCarthy faces headaches from far-right House GOP Pelosi: Democrats can't allow 'indecent' Boebert comments to stand MORE (Ariz.), Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanWith extreme gerrymanders locking in, Biden needs to make democracy preservation job one Jim Jordan reveals he had COVID-19 this summer The Memo: Gosar censured, but toxic culture grows MORE (Ohio), Lauren BoebertLauren BoebertDemocratic caucus chairs call for Boebert committee assignment removal War of words escalates in House Mace chief of staff steps down during turbulent week MORE (Colo.), Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzMcCarthy faces headaches from far-right House GOP McCarthy pleads with Republicans to stop infighting: 'Congress is not junior high' GOP infighting just gets uglier MORE (Fla.), Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryJan. 6 panel recommends contempt charges for Trump DOJ official Jan. 6 panel releases contempt report on Trump DOJ official ahead of censure vote Newly elected Freedom Caucus chair tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (Pa.) and Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida MORE (Ga.).


“We’re ready to fight back against the tide of extremism,” the group wrote in a tweet. “These are the #Dividers, and we’re working to evict them from people’s House next November.”

The coalition said in a statement that it will campaign directly in the races of the candidates it is targeting and is “actively recruiting and reaching out to primary opponents in order to build a network of principled opposition and provide honorable alternatives for voters.”


All 13 GOP lawmakers RAM is targeting voted to overturn the 2020 Electoral College results in January and voted against impeaching former President TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE for a second time.

RAM’s announcement of the Republican lawmakers it will work to oust from office comes nearly two weeks after the group endorsed a slate of Democrats and centrist Republicans as they prepare to wage reelection bids next year.

Among the GOP lawmakers who received an endorsement from the group were Reps. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyProsecutors say North Carolina woman deserves prison for bringing 14-year-old to Capitol riot Rules committee mulls contempt vote for Trump DOJ official McCarthy faces headaches from far-right House GOP MORE (Wyo.) and Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerOn The Money — Congress races to keep the lights on House sets up Senate shutdown showdown McCarthy faces headaches from far-right House GOP MORE (Ill.), both of whom have been vocal in their criticism of Trump.

They both voted to impeach Trump in January and are the only two Republicans serving on the House select committee probing the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, which was incited by a pro-Trump mob in an effort to stop the certification of November's presidential election results.

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiCongress should reject H.R. 1619's dangerous anywhere, any place casino precedent Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks MORE (R-Alaska), who voted to convict Trump in his second impeachment in February, also received an endorsement from the coalition.


The group also threw its support behind 11 Democratic lawmakers, including Sen. Mark KellyMark KellyConservative group targeting Kelly, Hassan, Cortez Masto in multi-million-dollar ad blitz No deal in sight as Congress nears debt limit deadline Five Senate Democrats reportedly opposed to Biden banking nominee MORE (Ariz.) and Reps. Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerWith Build Back Better, Dems aim to correct messaging missteps Sunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain issues and inflation persist On The Money — Biden sticks with Powell despite pressure MORE (Va.) and Jared GoldenJared GoldenSunday shows preview: Boosters open to all US adults; House Dems pass spending plan on to Senate Five takeaways: House passes Biden's sweeping benefits bill Overnight Energy & Environment — House passes giant climate, social policy bill MORE (Maine).

Miles Taylor, RAM’s co-founder and acting executive director, said the group is “mobilizing a principled movement” to confront the listed GOP lawmakers.

“Liars, conspiracists, and authoritarians have no place in America’s politics today. But sadly, they have been given a free home in the modern Republican Party, and hold several seats at the head of the GOP table. RAM is mobilizing a principled movement to confront these dividers head on, and prove that their deceit and corruption won’t be tolerated by the American people,” Taylor said in a statement.

“We will shine a bright light on them not from the progressive left but from the principled center – Republicans, independents and centrist Democrats who will not allow these dividers to go unchecked,” he added.

Politico first reported on the RAM "dividers" list.