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Cawthorn: Cheney was part of 'old guard Republican Party,' new members 'looking to the future'

Cheney was among those "who preach a good conservative game but when they get to Washington D.C. they just go Washington on us."

Updated: May 31, 2021 - 6:24pm

North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn on Friday hailed Thursday's ouster of House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney as a signifier of a rejuvenated Republican Party, claiming that Cheney represented the GOP's past while Cawthorn and other young members represent its future. 

Cawthorn made the remarks while speaking to Dave Brody on Just the News's Water Cooler. 

"I think this really signified an ousting of what so many Republicans referred to as RINOS: people who preach a good conservative game but then when they get to Washington, D.C, they just go Washington on us, they become swamp creatures."

"So I think it was an ousting of that," he continued. "It was a rejection of the old guard Republican Party. You know what I believe, really, Liz Cheney was looking to was the past, she wanted to continue to litigate the past non-stop." 

"But I'm very happy, because Elise Stefanik, myself, everyone in our party is now looking to the future, to this bold, big-tent party that's going to take America by storm."

Cheney's ouster was largely seen as a sharp repudiation of her aggressive stance against former President Donald Trump, including her vote to impeach him for a second time in January of this year. 

Cawthorn suggested that the vote against Cheney signals a more aggressive stance from the Republican Party moving forward. 

"I will tell you we are absolutely tired of being run roughshod over," he said, "and Republicans aren't going to take it on the chin anymore."

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