В среду конгрессмен Чип Рой отказался исключить бег за лидерство Республиканской партии, оставшееся после того, как бывшая председатель Лиз Чейни была изгнана ее собственной партией в среду.

Спустя всего несколько часов после того, как Чейни был вытеснен за постоянную критику бывшего президента Дональда Трампа, Роя спросили, есть ли у него какое-либо желание стать следующим председателем республиканской конференции Палаты представителей.

Рой ранее критиковал выбор Элизы Стефаник в качестве замены, утверждая, что она была слишком либеральной. Некоторые консерваторы соглашаются.

СВЯЗАННЫЕ С: Пелоси начинает атаку на Республиканскую партию за устранение Лиз Чейни — «Республиканцы должны вернуть партию»

Рой: «Я не верю, что коронация должна быть»

«Мы здесь, чтобы поговорить о других темах, но я скажу следующее: (председатель Республиканской партии нового дома Элиз Стефаник) должен иметь оппонента», — сказал Рой на пресс-конференции.

Стефаник — один из самых молодых членов Конгресса. Ее влияние в Республиканской партии начало расти во время первого судебного процесса по импичменту, так как многие начали рассматривать ее как естественную преемницу все более непопулярной Лиз Чейни.

«Я не верю, что коронация должна быть», — сказал Рой репортерам в среду.

«Я считаю, что если [House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy wants us to be united, then he should take the time to do this the right way,” Roy added.

Before Cheney’s removal and Stefanik stepping into that role, Roy and other conservatives were already sounding the alarm that the new presumed House Chair was too liberal.

Multiple Outlets Were Reporting Wednesday That Roy Plans To Challenge Stefanik

The Political Insider reported on Tuesday, “With the vote to oust Congresswoman Liz Cheney from House Republican leadership looming, one conservative House Freedom Caucus member circulated a memo to every GOP office claiming that her presumed successor, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik isn’t much different from a Democrat.”

“On Tuesday, Congressman Chip Roy sent a memo asking the House Republican conference to reconsider Stefanik, citing her voting record, and encouraging Republicans to choose someone more conservative,” The Political Insider noted.

Multiple news outlets on Wednesday speculated that the Texas Republican already had his sights set on challenging Stefanik for her leadership seat.

And while the media regularly portrays Stefanik as hyper loyal to Donald Trump, and she even secured the endorsement of Trump himself, conservative critics have pointed out that she has regularly opposed Trump’s main platform issues

For example, Stefanik opposes the border wall. 

NPR put together a list of Stefanik’s attacks on core Trump positions. Besides opposing the wall, she attacked Trump’s position on NATO and implied he was soft on Putin. 

She opposed Trump’s move to block immigration from terror-heavy Middle East countries. 

She attacked Trump for allegedly describing some third-world nations as “sh&thole countries.”

Stefanik told the Post-Star that “I disagree with his (Trump) position on Russia. I believe that Russia is an adversary,” Stefanik said. “In terms of Russia’s use of cyberattacks, in terms of Russia’s use of information operation and influence campaigns, I’m deeply concerned.”

Further, she backed the so-called Mueller investigation: “I disagree on his (Trump) attacks on law enforcement and the Department of Justice. I have confidence in the Mueller investigation. I have repeatedly and explicitly said that I support the Mueller investigation.”

Stefanik opposed Trump’s efforts to replace NAFTA, and is a proponent of comprehensive immigration reform – which conservative critics, along with Trump, argue is little more than amnesty.

It seems Roy may have a point.

RELATED: GOP Rep: Stefanik Too Liberal To Replace Cheney, Urges GOP To Choose A Conservative

When asked about the potential for a challenge from Roy, Stefanik told reportes on Wednesday, “We have a great support conference-wide.” 

 

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