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GOP Leadership Furious With Liz Cheney for Going Rogue With Vote Against Anti-Hate Resolution: Report

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Longtime GOP heavyweights are upset with relative newcomer Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) after she led a group of like-minded hardcore conservatives who voted against an anti-bigotry motion in the House.

According to Politico, Cheney — who was elected to Congress in 2017 by Wyoming voters after failing as a candidate in Virginia where she made her home for many years — went off on her own although she is the Republican Conference chairwoman, who is expected to consult with other leaders.

The report states that Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was “upset” last week when Cheney and 22 other House members voted no on the bill that was related to comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

While McCarthy said in a statement that Republican “leadership team is in a great place,” Cheney’s breaking ranks has rankled some of his own staffers who are “frustrated that there wasn’t better communication about the GOP’s strategy on the resolution.”

“The entire leadership team huddled for an hour in McCarthy’s office Monday night to hash things out,” the reports states, adding, “During the meeting, McCarthy made clear that he prefers leadership to stick together and felt that Cheney stepped on their own messaging, according to sources familiar with the discussion.”

According to the report, other Republicans are upset that Cheney’s opposition to the bill took pressure off of the Democrats who were unable to come up with their own unified message on the Minnesota Democrat’s comments. This has led to questions about Cheney’s leadership style.

RELATED: TWO DOZEN REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO VOTE FOR RESOLUTION CONDEMNING WIDE RANGE OF HATE AND BIGOTRY

“A Republican leadership aide said that the resolution vote was a one-off example of a split in leadership, and that they typically don’t whip suspension bills anyway,” Politico reports. “But the aide also suggested that if Cheney doesn’t fall in line for a key vote in the future, it might warrant a serious discussion about her being a team player.”

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Grand Jury Announces Charges Against Only One Louisville Officer – But None in Killing of Breonna Taylor

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A grand jury has announced criminal charges against a single Louisville, Kentucky police officer, but no charges in the March 13 killing of Breonna Taylor. The charges are against former officer Brett Hankison and include wanton endangerment, unrelated to Taylor’s killing. No homicide charges were announced.

The charges are being described as insufficient by MSNBC’s Al Sharpton.

“It feels to me like these charges entirely delete the murder” of Breonna Taylor, MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid commented on the network after the charges were announced. “This was a Black Lives Don’t Matter ruling.”

“They can just shoot you,” she lamented.

“There’s nothing in this charge that mentions Breonna Taylor,” she continued. “There’s no charge that says you need to at least care” about the lives of others, Reid said.

The Nation’s Elie Mystal weighs in:

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Romney’s ‘Pathetically Weasel-Worded’ Defense of His Vow to Vote for Trump SCOTUS Pick Mocked and Destroyed

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U.S. Senator Mitt Romney is being highly criticized Tuesday, after he announced he will vote to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, even before the candidate has been named.

CNN’s take is that Senator Romney’s “backing of Supreme Court vote paves way for election-year confirmation.”

Romney said he would vote for any nominee who is qualified, although he struggled to define what the term meant to him.

Many are attacking the Utah Republican Senator for green lighting Trump’s unnamed SCOTUS nominee despite voting to impeach the president.

Former Dept. of Defense communications official:

Sen. Romney also made several remarks, both to reporters (video below) and in a statement, that are provably false.

“The historical precedent of election year nominations is that the Senate generally does not confirm an opposing party’s nominee but does confirm a nominee of its own,” Romney said in a statement.

Journalist Joan McCarter points out that’s false.

Civil rights attorney Sasha Samberg-Champion blasts Romney for cloaking a purely political decision in the rule of law.

Historian Kevin Kruse:

Reporter and analyst for Inside Elections, Jacob Rubashkin, notes just how false Romney’s claim is that America is a “center-right” nation – and embarrasses him in the process:

As does journalist Jay Willis:

Romney’s false claims that the Supreme Court has been liberal for years is also easily debunked as “utter nonsense” – by Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at a conservative think tank:

And by this HuffPost journalist:

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Romney: I Will Vote to Confirm Trump SCOTUS Nominee if Qualified

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U.S. Senator Mitt Romney says he will vote for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to hold the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg if that candidate is qualified.

The Republican from Utah says a “liberal court” is “not written in the stars,” and implied his decision to buck fairness and Republican precedent is based on helping to mold a “center-right” Supreme Court – which it already is.

He also falsely claims the nation is “center-right.”

Two Republicans have said they will not vote before the election. Democrats need four Republicans to not vote before the inauguration.

 

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