Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) warned Sunday that the Republican Party is becoming a “circular firing squad” that is purging itself of any member not seen as sufficiently loyal to former President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing MORE.
Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Hogan told host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddSanders knocks James Carville: ‘I don’t think he’s terribly relevant to what happens in Congress right now’ Portman: Pre-K, community college not ‘typically’ a government responsibility Yellen: ‘Safest’ thing to do is make sure infrastructure plan is paid for MORE that the House GOP’s likely upcoming vote to oust Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyTrump spokesman says defeating Cheney a top priority Gaetz, Greene tout push to oust Cheney: ‘Maybe we’re the leaders’ GOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories MORE (R-Wyo.) as the House Republican Conference chair showed how the party is distracted from opposing Democrats and is instead focused on internal battles.
“Well, it’s sort of a circular firing squad where we’re just attacking members of our own party, instead of focusing on solving problems or standing up and having an argument that, that, that we can debate the Democrats on some of the things that the Biden administration is pushing through,” Hogan explained.
Cheney, one of a small number of House Republicans who supported Trump’s second impeachment earlier this year, is seen as likely to be ousted as chair of the House Republican Conference this week and be replaced by Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikTrump spokesman says defeating Cheney a top priority Gaetz, Greene tout push to oust Cheney: ‘Maybe we’re the leaders’ National Review editors defend Cheney from party attacks MORE (R-N.Y.).
The Maryland governor, himself a top critic of the former president, went on to denounce the party’s apparent requirement of “fealty” to Trump for leadership positions in Congress.
“I think they’re concerned about retaliation from the [former] president,” Hogan said.
“They’re concerned about, you know, being attacked within the party. And, you know, it just bothers me that you have to swear fealty to the dear leader or you get kicked out of the party. It just doesn’t make any sense,” he added.
The Maryland governor was one of a handful of GOP leaders who came out in support of Trump’s impeachment after a mob of pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and attempted to block Congress’s certification of the 2020 election results.
Hogan also applauded President Biden after a televised address in March, and thanked the president for ramping up the production of COVID-19 vaccines.