Rep. Jim Banks repeatedly dodged when Wallace pressed him on the 2020 election narrative and whether the ex-president bears responsibility for the Jan. 6 riots.
Chris Wallace, Fox News Never-Trump host, attempted to corner pro-Donald Trump Republican Rep. Jim Banks and shame him for his position on the 2020 presidential election.
During the interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Wallace started by hammering Rep. Banks about his support to have Rep. Liz Cheney removed from Republican leadership.
“I’ve asked you two questions, Congressman,” the host said. “Why are you unwilling to discuss her criticism of President Trump?”
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“I’m not,” the representative insisted. “I know the belief that I have, that a majority of our conference have, that she has lost focus on the single mission that we have in winning back the majority, to push back against the radical Biden agenda, is the reason that she needs to be replaced.”
For Wallace, Rep. Banks commits an unforgivable crime because Rep. Banks was one of 147 Republicans who voted to object to the results of the 2020 presidential election.
“I’m just asking a question,” Wallace said. “Liz Cheney is saying it’s a big lie to say the election was stolen. Liz Cheney is saying that, in fact, Donald Trump contributed to the riot. I’m asking you for your opinion on those issues. Is it a lie that the election was stolen? Did he contribute to the insurrection on the Capitol?”
“I’ve never said that the election was stolen,” Rep. Banks said. “I’ve said I had very serious concerns with how the election was conducted last November because of COVID rules that loosened voter identification laws. That’s why I objected on January 6th. I’ll never apologize for that.”
That is when Rep. Banks laced into Wallace, accusing him of using his show as a distraction to protect Joe Biden’s agenda.
“But the focus on this program and that — and on other news shows about Liz Cheney and January 6th and Donald Trump distract us from what we have to do to save this country, to win back the majority in the midterm election,” the representative said.
“That’s what I am focused on. Every single day that goes by that Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi pass more radical bills and send this country down a socialist path is — is a day that we — we lose and this — and the mission to save the country. So that — that’s why a change in Republican leadership at this level is necessary and its likely to happen this week,” he said.
And he is correct. The Rep. Cheney situation is solved with her, reportedly, imminent departure from House Republican leadership all but assured.
House Minority Leader and California Rep. Kevin McCarthy is very concerned about Rep. Liz Cheney’s ability to continue in her role in House GOP leadership.
In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday he told Steve Doocey that he is concerned about Cheney’s ability to “carry out the message” of the Republican Party.
“There’s no concern about how she voted on impeachment. That decision has been made. I have heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair — to carry out the message,” he said.
“We all need to be working as one if we’re able to win the majority. Remember, majorities are not given; they are earned. And that’s about the message about going forward,” he said.
McCarthy said that Republicans in the House are more concerned with “what’s our best step forward that we could all work together instead of attacking one another.”
A spokesperson for Rep. Cheney continued her nonstop obsession with the Capitol riot of Jan. 6 in a statement to the press on McCarthy’s interview.
“This is about whether the Republican Party is going to perpetuate lies about the 2020 election and attempt to whitewash what happened on Jan 6. Liz will not do that. That is the issue,” spokesperson Jeremy Adler said to The Hill.