GOP TEA: New Liz Cheney book SPILLS on what House GOP said behind Trump’s back

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They may do his bidding but it doesn’t mean they like him. Anyone who listens to Donald Trump speak knows that he prizes loyalty (from others to him, that is) above almost anything else. In her new book, Liz Cheney reveals that many House Republicans, despite public displays of loyalty, privately mocked not only Trump but his claims that he won in 2020.

For the survival of American democracy, the actions of Republicans attacking the integrity of the nation’s system of elections are the greatest concern, regardless of their reasons. Trump, though, a man who has boasted the power to make or break political careers (regardless of current analysis over whether that power is waning) can’t like what’s being revealed.

Cheney shares in her book that she had a conversation with Kevin McCarthy about his visit to Trump at Mar-a-Lago after January 6th, and that he defended it by claiming he had to cheer up the party leader, who was so depressed he’d stopped eating.

She says McCarthy told her Trump knew he’d lost the election.

He’s not the only Republican, though, who reportedly said in private what he’d never say in public or to Trump’s face.

Cheney spilled on others, including the new House Speaker, Mike Johnson, and the party member who called Trump “Orange Jesus” while contesting the electoral vote. CNN reported:

“Among them was Republican Congressman Mark Green of Tennessee,” Cheney writes. “As he moved down the line, signing his name to the pieces of paper, Green said sheepishly to no one in particular, ‘The things we do for the Orange Jesus.’”

As for Johnson, Cheney alleges that while he ate up any flattery Trump was willing to give, in private conversations with her, he would “often concede” that the legal argument was flawed, and yet insist the party had to do “just this one more thing for Trump.”

In which arguments did he concede this privately while espousing a different view publicly? If Cheney said anything about that, the advance portions released from her book don’t cover it so far.

Still, we do have access to arguments Johnson made publicly, from which educated guesses might be possible. For example, he opposed impeachment in 2019, despite the House Judiciary Committee’s report on Trump’s actions. WBUR reported that he said:

“Our concern is that we still … don’t have access to all the underlying evidence that supposedly supports this claim or these allegations that impeachment is necessary.”

He’s also one of the many House Republicans who signed an amicus brief supporting the Texas lawsuit that aimed to overturn the election, according to The Hill.

Cheney’s book drops on December 5th — and so do the rest of her revelations about what Trump’s sycophants were really saying.

Stephanie Bazzle

Steph Bazzle is a news writer who covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph. Sign up for all of her stories to be delivered to your inbox here: