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Cheney blames House disarray on Trump and McCarthy connection

Former Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming blamed the ties between ex-House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and former President Trump for the House’s disarray as the chamber struggles to elect a new speaker.

“I think what you’re seeing right now and among the Republicans in the House is a direct result of the decisions that Kevin McCarthy made to embrace Donald Trump, to embrace the most radical and extreme members of our party, to elevate them,” Cheney said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday. 

“So it’s not a surprise that we are where we are, but it’s a disgrace, and it’s an embarrassment,” she said. 

There are now nine candidates officially in the running to replace former Speaker McCarthy, but as the GOP caucus mulls its decision, there remain questions about how long the debate will rage and if that means the party could lose voters in 2024.

Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., said last week that Republicans will hold another forum Monday on the speakership candidacies, followed Tuesday by a conference vote and then a likely floor vote. The race continues to be cloaked in uncertainty as candidates jockey to garner support.

Fox News’ Emma Colton contributed to this report. 

Jamie Joseph is a writer who covers politics. She leads Fox News Digital coverage of the Senate. 

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