Mitch McConnell issues one statement backing Liz Cheney and another slamming Marjorie Taylor Greene

McConnell's statement about Rep. Greene did not specifically mention her by name.

Updated: February 2, 2021 - 9:03am

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    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday lambasted GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in a statement that did not specifically mention the freshman lawmaker by name, even as he expressed support for House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Liz Cheney in another statement. 

    "Loony lies and conspiracy theories are cancer for the Republican Party and our country," McConnell said in a statement, according to reports. "Somebody who's suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.'s airplane is not living in reality. This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party."

    Greene in an apparent response tweeted, "The real cancer for the Republican Party is weak Republicans who only know how to lose gracefully. This is why we are losing our country."

    But in another statement on Monday McConnell stood by Rep. Cheney, a Wyoming Republican under heavy criticism for voting in favor of impeaching former President Trump last month.

    "Liz Cheney is a leader with deep convictions and the courage to act on them," McConnell said in a statement. "She is an important leader in our party and in our nation. I am grateful for her service and look forward to continuing to work with her on the crucial issues facing our nation."