Hogan: GOP devolving into 'circular firing squad' with Cheney ouster

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) warned Sunday that the Republican Party is becoming a "circular firing squad" that is purging itself of any member not seen as sufficiently loyal to former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE.

Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," Hogan told host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddOvernight Health Care: US to donate 500 million Pfizer doses to other countries: reports | GOP's attacks on Fauci at center of pandemic message | Federal appeals court blocks Missouri abortion ban Fauci on Blackburn video: 'No idea what she is talking about' Fauci: Attacks on me are really also 'attacks on science' MORE that the House GOP's likely upcoming vote to oust Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn Cheney House Democrats to Schumer: Vote again on Jan. 6 probe Cheney compares Trump claims to Chinese Communist Party: 'It's very dangerous' Stefanik pregnant with her first child MORE (Wyo.) as the House Republican Conference chairwoman showed how the party is distracted from opposing Democrats and is instead focused on internal battles.

"Well, it's sort of a circular firing squad where we're just attacking members of our own party instead of focusing on solving problems or standing up and having an argument that we can debate the Democrats on some of the things that the Biden administration is pushing through," Hogan explained.

Cheney, one of a small number of House Republicans who supported Trump's second impeachment earlier this year, is seen as likely to be ousted as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference this week and  replaced by Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikRecovering America through the lens of wildlife Former Trump aide eyeing New Hampshire congressional bid GOP's attacks on Fauci at center of pandemic message MORE (R-N.Y.).

The Maryland governor, himself a top critic of the former president, went on to denounce the party's apparent requirement of "fealty" to Trump for leadership positions in Congress.

"I think they're concerned about retaliation" from Trump, Hogan said.

"They're concerned about, you know, being attacked within the party. And, you know, it just bothers me that you have to swear fealty to the dear leader or you get kicked out of the party. It just doesn't make any sense," he added.

The Maryland governor was one of a handful of GOP leaders who came out in support of Trump's impeachment after a mob of pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and attempted to block Congress's certification of the 2020 election results.

Hogan also applauded President Biden after a televised address in March and thanked him for ramping up the production of COVID-19 vaccines.