The GOP is divided.
After stating that House Republicans would not pursue the impeachment of President Joe Biden if they regained the majority, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca.) came under fire from right-wing Republicans.
McCarthy, who stated that a Biden impeachment would not be pursued solely based on “political reasons,” has the support of some Republicans, with GOP strategist Doug Heye saying the Minority Leader “knows that if we’re talking about impeaching the president, we’re not talking about inflation and anything that distracts from what is causing 60 percent of the American public to say that we’re on the wrong track.”
And McCarthy seems adamant to keep the focus squarely on Biden’s failures: inflation and immigration.
But the dozen House Republicans who have signed on to Biden impeachment resolutions disagree with this sentiment.
Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.), a co-sponsor of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-Ga.) and Rep. Lauren Boebert’s (R-Colo.) impeachment resolution, vehemently disagrees with McCarthy’s strategy.
“President Biden is willfully and intentionally endangering the safety and security of the American people by facilitating the invasion at our Southern Border,” Good said.
The Virginia Republican added that a “Republican majority should do everything in its power to hold the president accountable for effectively surrendering operational control of the U.S. border to the Mexican crime cartels.”
He then questioned how Republicans in the House could “not impeach this president for his purposeful violation of his Article 4, Section 4 constitutional responsibility to protect the states from invasion?”
But comments made by McCarthy on Sunday when speaking to Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo showed that a Republican majority could still pursue Biden’s impeachment.
“We believe in the rule of law,” McCarthy noted before adding that Republicans will not “pick and choose just because somebody has power. We’re going to uphold the law.”
He then revealed that “At any time, if someone breaks the law and the ramification becomes impeachment, we would move towards that. But we’re not going to use it for political purposes.”
Quickly, right-wing Republicans criticized McCarthy’s comments, with far-right personality Mike Cernovich appearing on former Trump strategist Stephen Bannon’s podcast “War Room,” questioning McCarthy’s legitimacy.
“Who are you? You want to be Speaker of the House of Representatives, and you’re afraid to take on Biden and the regime?” Cernovich questioned.
Another right-wing commentator, Jesse Kelly, argued that Republicans should give Democrats an equal response to their attempts to impeach former President Donald Trump and possibly future Republican presidents.