Cheney lost her statewide primary Tuesday to a candidate backed by former President Donald Trump, a defeat she has since aimed to frame as a new beginning in her opposition to Trump. Cheney has been outspoken about her opposition to Republican Party leadership and widespread election denial within her party, resulting in an uphill battle to keep her seat.
The day before the Wyoming primary, McCarthy told Fox News he expected her to lose — but that he wouldn’t. “We’ll win the majority and I’ll be speaker,” he said Monday.
The Wyoming representative also serves as a leader on the committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol, appointed by current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.