Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) served up a prime GOP vs RINO GOP back-and-forth spat exchange on Twitter Tuesday night, reviving an internal party feud between those who are close Trump allies against the few Never Trumper detractors.
The Twitter feud began when Kinzinger defended Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on the eve of the House Republican Caucus vote to oust her from Conference Chair. House Republicans are scheduled to meet behind close doors Wednesday morning in a widely anticipated vote to remove the Wyoming Congresswoman that is expected to succeed.
“This is leadership. This is integrity. This is Liz Cheney. And I’m damn proud to support her,” Kinzinger, who like Cheney has been a vocal Trump critic tweeted.
Gaetz clapped back with a blunt reminder that Cheney is not only in danger from losing the No. 3 leadership post, but as well as her House seat in 2022, responding that only 12 percent of her own state Republicans have the same view as Kinzinger.
“You and about 12 percent of Wyoming Republicans,” Gaetz quote tweeted Kinzinger tweet supporting Cheney.
You and about 12 percent of Wyoming Republicans. https://t.co/ykO8Mhsr9B
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) May 12, 2021
Gaetz would then shortly after resurface a past tweet Kinzinger posted touting Republicans attempting the first time to oust Cheney for her vote to impeach Trump. The tweet of Kinzinger was a quote tweet of a video of Gaetz interview ahead of the first vote saying non-establishment Republicans in the House had the votes to remove Cheney. However, Cheney would easily survived the attempt by Trump loyalists and conservatives lawmakers from House Freedom Caucus to kick her off the House leadership in a closed-door vote of 145-61.
“No we voted. You were just wrong by like, a huuuuuge margin,” Kinzinger tweeted on February 3.
“Tweets that don’t age well,” Gaetz wrote, resharring Kinzinger February tweet.
However, Kinzinger stooped low in his response to Gaetz that gained the approval from left-wing reporters, pushing back in saying “I’d stay away from ‘aging well’ tweets,” alluded to allegations that have dogged Gaetz for weeks.
Gaetz is reportedly under investigation for possible sex trafficking, but no charges have been filed against him as of yet. The Florida lawmaker has vehemently denied allegations of being sexually involved with a 17-year-old, telling Axios in an interview last month that the investigation is “rooted in an extortion effort against my family for $25 million.”
Kinzinger has taken many shots at Gaetz on Twitter and on liberal networks regarding his defense to former President Trump along with his scandal and called on the embattled Florida Congressman to resign.
In an interview Tuesday night before launching the Twitter feud, Gaetz said he expects Wednesday morning vote “will be very quick”
“It is untenable to have an ‘America Last,’ establishment politician like Liz Cheney as the spokesperson of our movement,” Gaetz said during an appearance on Newsmax.
The scheduled vote comes as Cheney’s anti-Trump remarks in the recent weeks has infuriated GOP lawmakers including those in the rank-and-file. House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and other Republicans have argued that Cheney fight with Trump, who is vowing to be a campaign kingmaker through the 2022 cycle has knocked the GOP off message in uniting against Democrats and President Biden to win back the House in next year’s midterms.
Republicans are likely expected to replace Cheney once she is successfully ousted with Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY). The New York Republican has gained the endorsement of Trump, McCarthy, and Scalise for the GOP conference chair role. However, members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus argued that Stefanik is the wrong pick, saying the New York Congresswoman acks a conservative enough voting record to represent the House Republican Conference.