(FiveNation.com)- We all knew it was coming, and it’s finally happened – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy announced this week that he supports New York Rep. Elise Stefanik to replace Rep. Liz Cheney as the Republican Conference Chair – the third-highest-ranking Republican in Congress.
McCarthy, who previously supported Cheney remaining in her position when a vote was last held to remove her, has thrown his weight behind the Trump-supporting New York congresswoman and argued she would be an important messenger for unity.
The House Minority Leader also argued that Stefanik would be effective at fighting back against the failed immigration, economic, and employment policies pushed by the Democrats in Congress and by the White House.
It follows the endorsement of Stefanik by Republican House Minority Whip Steve Scalise.
Not to mention an endorsement on Monday from former President Donald Trump.
“The House GOP has a massive opportunity to upgrade this week from warmonger Liz Cheney to gifted communicator Elise Stefanik,” the former president said via a statement from his “Save America PAC.”
🚨🚨🚨 Honored to earn the support for House GOP Conference Chair from President Donald J. Trump 🚨🚨🚨
Read his statement from today: pic.twitter.com/C7S3ibOfJl
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) May 10, 2021
“Elise has intelligence, an endorsement from American Patriot Brandon Judd and the National Border Patrol Council, she has an A+ from the NRA, and she loves our veterans.”
Trump added that Republicans need someone with experience flipping districts from Democrat to Republican during the approach to the 2022 midterms.
Which all sounds pretty much spot on, right?
Cheney and Trump have butted heads for years now, but after the 2020 presidential election, the House GOP Conference Chair has repeatedly used her influence and position to make statements criticizing the former president and his MAGA agenda.
But it looks like she won’t be able to do that for very much longer.