McCarthy, Cheney clash over whether Trump should speak at CPAC

McCarthy, Cheney clash over whether Trump should speak at CPAC

When Baier asked what McConnell thought about Trump speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlandothis weekend, the GOP leader said he had no opinion on Trump's attendance or his speech.

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On Feb. 13, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said former president Trump could still be held accountable within the criminal justice system.

McCarthy replied: "Yes, he should".

Cheney, the third-ranking Republican in the House, was one of 10 Republicans who broke with the party to vote to impeach Mr. Trump on a charge of inciting the insurrection of the Capitol on January 6. "I don't believe that he should be playing a role in the future of the party or the country", Cheney said as she stood behind McCarthy.

The drama exposed the extraordinary faultline between establishment Republicans and pro-Trump populists.

After the Senate acquitted him, McConnell declared on the Senate floor that Trump was "practically and morally responsible" for the attack that left five people dead, including a police officer.

Meanwhile, Ted Cruz, who finished second to Mr Trump in the race for the Republican nomination in 2016, had been looking to go one better this time.

"If the president was the party's nominee, would you support him?"

What's less clear is if Trump wants to move on. That could make him a wild card in both the 2022 election as well as the run-up to the 2024 presidential contest.

Banks later stated that the ex-VP has plans to create an organization "defending" the legacy of the Trump-Pence administration, though Pence himself has not confirmed the veracity of Banks' claims as of the time of this writing.

But Trump is a singular force who maintains a vice grip on the Republican base, and all eyes will be on the 74-year-old showman when he addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and teases attendees about his political future.

"Noem may be somewhat of a front runner for the Trump-siding faction of the Republican party, but as a governor from a small state, she's still likely a bit of an unknown to voters nationally and thus would need these types of events to increase her name recognition", Hellwege said. Trump's backers note he drew 74 million votes, more than any other Republican candidate in history, though that number was dwarfed by the 81 million people who voted for Biden in the record-setting November election. Three weeks after the impeachment vote, House Republicans voted 145-61 to keep her in a leadership role.

But at the conference, which will feature Trump along with most of the GOP's leading 2024 presidential prospects, organizers say election fraud will be a major theme.

Some of Trump's supporters were eager to fan the flames of conflict this week.

After losing the Senate and White House, and failing to retake the House of Representatives, a U.S. political party would normally lick its wounds, jettison its failed leader and chart a new path forward to claw back relevance.

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