Tea Party Patriots Action calls on McCarthy to strip Cheney, Kinzinger of conference memberships

"Membership in the Republican Conference is not a right, it's a privilege," writes the honorary chairman of TPPA. "Cheney and Kinzinger have forfeited that privilege."

Updated: December 15, 2021 - 5:20pm

Tea Party Patriots Action — the political action arm of the populist conservative movement that sprang up in 2009 — is calling upon House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy to strip GOP Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger of their conference memberships.

"As members of the January 6 committee, Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger have become willing agents of Speaker Pelosi's war on President Trump, Trump administration officials and Trump supporters," says Jenny Beth Martin, an honorary chairperson for the group and an early member of the grassroots Tea Party movement. 

She also said the committee's investigation is a "partisan exercise designed to punish our former president and discredit the 74 million Americans who voted for him."

Cheney most recently rankled some Republicans when on Monday night she read aloud on Capitol Hill text messages amid the Jan. 6 riot between former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and members of the media and Trump's personal circle.

Shortly after, the committee voted to hold Meadows in contempt of Congress for failing to further cooperate with its demands.

Kinzinger, of Illinois, and Cheney, of Wyoming, are the only two Republicans on the subpoena-empowered, Democrat-led committee.

"The Republican Conference must stop allowing the Democrats to give the false appearance of bipartisanship in the committee," Martin continued. "Membership in the Republican Conference is not a right, it’s a privilege. Cheney and Kinzinger have forfeited that privilege. The Republican Conference should make it official and remove them from the conference immediately."

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