Rep. Liz Cheney says Rep. Kevin McCarthy is 'childish' after he calls her a 'Pelosi Republican'
California Republican Kevin McCarthy, minority leader of the House of Representatives, speaks with Rep. Liz Cheney (R), Republican of Wyoming, during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 22, 2019.
House minority leader Kevin McCarthy called Cheney and Kinzinger "Pelosi Republicans" Monday.
When asked about McCarthy's remarks, Cheney said, "I think that's pretty childish."
Pelosi has appointed Kinzinger and Cheney to a committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riot.
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Rep. Liz Cheney called Kevin McCarthy "childish" the Republican House minority leader after calling her and Rep. Adam Kinzinger "Pelosi Republicans" at a White House event Monday morning, escalating an ongoing war of words between the two lawmakers.
The final dispute began Monday morning when McCarthy attended an event in the White House Rose Garden commemorating the 31st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, where he was asked about the House of Representatives Electoral Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection.
"Some Republicans have said the GOP should be on this committee," a reporter said.
"Really? Who was that, Adam and Liz? Aren't they a bit like Pelosi Republicans?" McCarthy replied, referring to Cheney and MP Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), who was appointed to the commission by Pelosi on Saturday.
Later, when she was entering a preparatory meeting for the commission, Cheney was asked about McCarthy's remarks.
"It's very serious business, we have important work to do and I think it's pretty childish," she replied.
Cheney was appointed to the commission on July 1st by Pelosi - formally the House of Representatives committee to investigate the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol month.
Last week, McCarthy named five Republicans to the select committee, including MPs Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jim Banks (R-IN). House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi dismissed both Jordan and Banks, citing their "statements and actions" after the attack. In response, McCarthy withdrew all five of his appointments and announced that the Republicans would conduct their own investigation.
Cheney then said McCarthy's rhetoric was "insincere" and suggested that he shouldn't become house spokesman when the GOP returns to power in 2022.
Over the weekend, Pelosi appointed MP Adam Kinzinger, another vocal anti-Trump Republican, to be a member of the commission.
"When the service calls, I always answer," wrote Kinzinger on Twitter after taking Pelosi's appointment.
But there can be reproaches; Members of the Republican House of Representatives reportedly want Cheney and Kinzinger punished for agreeing to serve on the commission.
On Monday House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer rejected McCarthy's characterization of Kinzinger and Cheney, citing their conservative voting results. "If someone looks at the voting minutes of Mr. Kinzinger and Ms. Cheney, they will know that they have not voted with Speaker Pelosi, except on the most bipartisan bills," he told POLITICO.
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