Rift in the GOP and the future Republican Party

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., center, flanked by GOP Conference chair Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., left, and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., right, speaks to reporters 
following their leadership elections for the 117th Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., center, flanked by GOP Conference chair Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., left, and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., right, speaks to reporters following their leadership elections for the 117th Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Republican Party is trying to find its footing after President Trump lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden and figure out how closely it wants to be tied to the former president. There is a strong effort to remove Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership role within the caucus because she was critical of Trump’s falsehoods regarding election rigging and had voted to impeach him. Today on the show we’ll talk about the current state of the GOP, what it says about the electorate and the party’s prospects going forward. Our guests are NPR congressional correspondent SUSAN DAVISTIM MILLER, writer-at-large for The Bulwark and former spokesman for the GOP and LEAH WRIGHT RIGUEUR, associate professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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